Cupboard Door to Serving Tray – Thrift Shop Flip No. 7


Converting an old cupboard door into a serving tray /



It’s been a while since I’ve shared a thrift shop flip with you all, so here is a quick project you may want to try.



Converting a cupboard door to a serving tray - Super easy upcycle /


I recently picked up a couple of cupboard doors at my favorite re-use it center.  I thought the size and the depth of this door would make it a good candidate to repurpose as a serving tray!



Converting a cupboard door to a serving tray; super easy upcycle project. /



(It’s no coincidence I’ve taken the “before” photo up in our bonus room, since it’s where I’ve been working all weekend painting the walls and woodwork!)   You can also read this as a shameless plug for sympathy.  Oh how I detest painting windows!   It was great to get down off the ladder for a bit and work on a quick sit down project.

After a good cleaning I gave the cupboard door two coats of Maison Blanche Chalk Paint in Pecan.  And I thought it looked blah … boring and too plain.  A quick stencil in the center would have been easy, but I’ve already stenciled plenty of trays.  (Although, looking back … I think I only shared one of them … bad blogger that I am!!)   I’ve got a lovely stash of paper, but I’m horrible with Mod Podge.  That left contact paper, which is actually a smart choice for a serving tray.  All  you’ll have to do is wipe it clean after each use.  But first I had to repaint the “tray” white and give it a light distressing with 220 grit sandpaper.



Converting a cupboard door to a serving tray; simple upcycle project -


To line the tray bottom, I first cut a piece of the contact paper slightly larger than the tray bottom.   Then it was just a matter of peeling off the back and lining the tray.  The nice thing about contact paper is it’s so easy to remove any bubbles or wrinkles —  you just keep lifting and smoothing until you’re happy with it.  The finishing step was to cut off the overlaps with my Exacto Knife.



Converting a cupboard door to a serving tray; simple upcycle project -



But I don’t think you can technically call it a serving tray without handles.   The last step was attaching  hardware, which also came from the reuse it center.   😀  I was undecided whether to leave the hardware in it’s original state or polish it up a bit …. as you can see, I decided to polish it!



Converting a cupboard door to a serving tray; simple upcycle project -



The hardware has a really good feel to it — nice and chunky — just like a serving tray needs.  FYI:  I predrilled the holes before actually screwing the handles in place, which makes it so much easier.



Converting a cupboard door to a serving tray; simple upcycle project -



What do you think?  I’m crushing on my new tray!  😀   It will be the perfect tray for the back deck, because  we all know everything tastes better when it’s eaten outdoors!  A tray like this would also look great on an ottoman or coffee table. Total cost of this project, $4, which is pretty incredible for a tray of this size and weight!



Converting a cupboard door to a serving tray; simple upcycle project -


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Happy Spring to you!  Cynthia


Be Inspired Link Party @ Elizabeth and Co.


Linking up with:

Charm Bracelet Diva …  … Thrifty Décor ChickFrench Country Cottage …  … Funky Junk Interiors … … Interior FrugalistaThoughts from Alice … … Between Naps on the Porch Coastal Charm … … Celebrate and Decorate …  Confessions of a Plate Addict …  … Elizabeth and Co. … My Repurposed Life …. Savvy Southern StyleRecreated Designs



For your convenience, I’ve included links to some of the products I used to complete this makeover.  If a purchase is made, I may receive a small commission, but it will not affect your sale price.  I’m just sharing products I actually like and use!


24 Responses

  1. So pretty Cynthia!! I’ve turned picture frames into trays but never a cupboard door. Great idea!

    • Thanks, Marie! As you can imagine, it was a super simple project, but I just love how it turned out. Thanks for stopping by today!

  2. Rebecca M

    Looks great!

  3. Awesome tray Cynthia! I love the pop of fresh green, perfect for spring! Sometimes the simplest projects make for the best WOW! I hope you have a great weekend!

    • Thanks so much, Terry. Happy to be linking up with you this week — I always hate to miss your party!

  4. Love this idea. Turned out great! sb

  5. Love the green and white together and contact paper was great idea!

    • Thanks, Darrielle — It really is so much easier than Mod Podge — you just don’t have all the patterns to choose from. Thanks for stopping by today! Cynthia

  6. JaneEllen

    Love your tray and paper you used, so perfect for this summer out on your back deck , pretty also. Handles are really nice after you cleaned them up. Your tray will be very versatile.
    Speaking of cupboard doors, need to find couple I have so can make tray for daughters’ b/d on 4/11. So hard to know what to get her. Going to Michaels for some fairy garden items too as she usually makes one on Mothers day. Usually get cupboard doors at Habitat but are at least $5 each. Time for my bedtime so better shut this thing down. Happy week

    • Thanks for stopping by today, JaneEllen! I would love to see a picture of the tray you make for your daughter. I hope she has a wonderful birthday next week. Take care, Cynthia

  7. I like this idea, I saw some old cabinet doors at the junk store last week. I think I’ll go back and grab one or two and try this project. Thanks for sharing.
    Lori in Atlanta

    • Go get them, Lori! They also make really awesome coat racks! If you plan on making a tray, the deeper the lip, the better. Happy Spring to you! Cynthia

  8. What a pretty tray, and I’m all for contact paper! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. Hope to see you there again this Thursday! xo Kathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

    • Thanks, Kathleen! I’m pleasantly surprised how well the contact paper is holding up. Thanks for stopping by today. Take care, Cynthia

  9. This is lovely. Well done.

    • Thanks for you kind words and for stopping by today, Amalia. Take care, Cynthia

  10. What a great idea Cynthia, I love how it turned out! And so pretty with the handles…I think those handles are from an old window? And I love them polished!
    Wishing you a wonderful rest of your week! 🙂

    • Thank you, Kimberley! I’m guessing they were from an old window or gate pull? They are really chunky and have a great feel to them. It’s always nice when they can be polished versus sprayed. 😀 Hope you’re having a great week, as well! Cynthia

  11. Such a fun transformation Cynthia! I love the pretty green contact paper! Pinning:). I hope you are having a great weekend and take care, Tara

    • Thank you, Tara. You gotta love quick and easy projects! Thanks also for always being such a gracious host! Cynthia

  12. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Really charming Cynthia. I need to make a few of these! Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Thanks for always being so supportive, Sharon! You should make up some trays. I bet they would be a good seller at your sales! Take care, Cynthia

Leave a Reply