Tuesday, January 17, 2017

How to Make a Tray from a Shadow Box Frame


Hello and happy Tuesday friends!  Or semi-Monday if you had yesterday off...

I hope you all had a nice long weekend. Ours was pretty low key and we spent most of our time just relaxing. I did however make this cute little tray for our dining room table.


It all started when I had a couple of returns to make at Hobby Lobby. Because it is absolutely impossible for me to just walk in that store without walking around,  I found myself in the clearance aisle eyeing this pretty wood shadow box frame that was missing its glass.


At first I thought about turning it into a chalkboard but as the hubby would remind me, the last thing I need around here is another chalkboard. So I set it back on the shelf and went on my way.

But I couldn't stop thinking about it. And since it was only a couple of bucks it had to have some purpose for me, right?! Then suddenly I spotted a cute little tray and it served as the perfect inspiration.

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I cut down a V-groove plank from my scrap pile and adhered the pieces to the shadow box backing with liquid nails.


It's important to note that I measured the space inside the shadow box frame instead of the backing itself so that it would be able to fit inside the frame.  (I say this is important because I almost forgot!)


I then gave the planks my favorite finish which is a coat of brown paint followed by 2 coats of white paint.  Once dry, I lightly distressed it with some sandpaper.  


As you can see, the 3 planks didn't fill out the backing completely so I made sure to paint those parts as well since they would be showing.

With the hubby's help I attached a pull on each side of the frame and voilĂ !





I wouldn't necessarily trust it to carry a gallon sized pitcher of lemonade, but for displaying mason jars on our table it works perfectly!


It was a super quick and cheap project that I find myself admiring every time I walk by.

If you don't have supplies on hand to do planking you could just paint the bottom or attach some pretty fabric.



I love how much attention trays are getting lately but some of the prices I've seen them going for in the stores is insane!  This is the perfect way to get one for less than half of the cost.  I spent a little over $8 on this project.

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