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January 19, 2016

How To Completely Change A Photo Tray

Welcome to Week 2 of Frugal Decor Tuesdays!  This week I'm going to show you How To Completely Change A Photo Tray.

I picked this Umbra Photo Tray up for a whopping $3.00. The plan was to paint it white with some distressing and add a graphic inside each window but that's not at all what happened.

How to transform a photo tray into a Rustic Coffee Server

This is what the tray looked like before...

Photo tray BEFORE

Normally with chalk paint, you do not have to prep or sand before painting.  However, the finish on this tray wouldn't take the chalk paint so I took the mouse sander to it to give it some bite.  In the process, some of the white paint remained on the tray and I was loving the rustic charm that was beginning to happen.  That's when inspiration struck and Plan B was born.

A rustic tray makeover using paper, chalk paint, stencil, and jute twine

I dry brushed white chalk paint in random strokes, letting some of the bare wood show underneath. Then I dry brushed a random coat of the color Rocky Mountain (dark gray). I added a very subtle brush of Louis blue so it looked like layers of old paint. Once dry, I applied clear wax using a lint free rag and the layers of color popped.

Rustic Coffee Serving Tray

I removed the photo mat (keeping it for a future project).  I glued two sheets of pretty barn wood scrapbook paper together and cut it to size so it fit under the glass (which unfortunately was not removable).

Scrapbook paper joined with glue to line a Rustic Coffee Tray

With one of my favorite stencils that I purchased from Funky Junk Interiors, I applied it onto the scrapbook paper using the color Rocky Mountain again.

A coffee stencil applied over scrapbook paper to line a rustic tray

Coffee stencil on scrapbook paper lined rustic tray

If you look closely you can see that I filled in the stencil bridges on the letters using a script liner art brush.

Jute twine wrapped around handles of DIY Rustic Serving Tray

After I assembled the frame, I wrapped jute twine around each handle and hot glued it in place.  Then I dry brushed both the Rocky Mountain and White chalk paint colors over the jute to age it a bit.

Tip:  I use old Pringle containers to store twine, rope, and colored string - so handy!

Umbra Photo Tray repurposed into Coffee Serving Tray

Such a quick and easy makeover and what a difference, wouldn't you say?

If you missed it, last week I shared From Wooden Jewelry Box to Remote Control Holder.

I hope to see you back here next Tuesday when I give a Vintage Wooden Wall-Mounted Cubby Shelf (say that five times fast) a Valentine's makeover!

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Until then I hope you have a great week. 


Umbra Photo Tray DIY Repurposed to Coffee Serving Tray

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