I wanted a tray to use in my decor, but didn’t want to go buy one. Building one was an option, but then I remembered we had a frame I bought YEARS ago that I have been meaning to put a family picture in. Since doing that requires taking a good family picture AND getting it printed out, the hurdles were just too great and the frame would have most likely sat vacant forever, haha.
If you don’t have a frame at home that’s not living up to it’s potential like I did, go grab one from a thrift store or garage sale. Please don’t buy one for full price at a store…frame prices are ridiculous and people are always getting rid of their old frames for a couple bucks.
I used scrapbook paper for mine, but you could paint the glass or use any other option you can think of for the center of the tray.
Spray paint the frame. I wanted black to show through for a vintage look, so I only did 1 coat with no primer. For a solid look, spray with primer first, then spray paint 2-3 light coats or use regular paint. You could even use chalk paint and not have to prime.
I had some handles I’d taken off an old dresser, so used those. Measure to find the center, mark where to drill, then drill 2 holes. For these handles, I just drilled my first hole, put the handle up to measure, then marked where to drill the 2nd.
Pay attention to the angle of your drill. I didn’t, and ended up drilling right through the front of the frame. If this does happen to you, sand it down, use wood filler, then repaint.
Either paint the glass or put your scrapbook paper in the frame.
The handles were already this color, but you could recreate this look by spray painting with gold, then whitewashing.
Use the tray on a coffee table, side table, nightstand, or anywhere you want to bring a cohesive look to multiple decor items! This project is so simple, quick and inexpensive!