Wooden Tray Makeover as Antique Crate

wooden tray

I bought a wooden tray a few weeks ago at a thrift store, and pulled it out recently to work on.  I batted around a few ideas of how I wanted to fix it up, and what popped into my head, was to make it look like the top of an old shipping crate.  I searched for inspiration on Google, and ebay, and then I found this antique crate on Etsy.

antique crate

The crate is from the same company as this early 1920’s image I shared here.  That decided it for me.

antique advertisement baker's cocoa

I opened up my Silhouette program, and designed a cut file to make an adhesive stencil, changing the wording just a bit.

silouette cut file

The finish on the tray was pretty worn looking, so I sanded it a bit first, then used black paint to stencil the words onto the tray.  I waxed it to protect its new look.

antique crate graphics on tray

wood tray crate graphics

I love how a little paint and wax can transform something drab into something with character again.

wooden tray before and after

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salvaged wood signs



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  1. Lovely… as usual!

  2. I absolutely LOVE this tray! Would be perfect for me to use to take my supper to watch TV! Do you sell things on Etsy? I would love to buy this! My email is HaleyAngel45@aol.com. Worth a try! Have a blessed day Angie!

  3. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Love this tray you did a wonderful job,so talented,thank you for sharing this.

  4. It is so beautiful, Angie!
    Love it!

  5. Angie.. what a refreshing make-over it’s Beautiful! Also wanted to share with You that I live in Sioux City,Iowa and only a 1/2 mile from the corner of 5th and Nebraska St! What a Surprise to see Sioux City Opitcal in the list of 15 Unique Sign,too cool.Smiles.Cindy

  6. Love it, love it, love it!

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