Upcycled Wood Frame Handled Tray

I’ve been in a bit of a creative shlump lately.  What I really want to do is finish up my entryway, but my husband needed to bring home more pallets and hang the boards on the walls, and I had a hard time thinking beyond that.

Upcycled Thrift Store Frame into Handled Tray with Vintage Graphics - KnickofTime.net

I decided to roam out to my workshop (AKA “the PIT”).  Venturing in there is a risky idea, because it’s filled to the rafters with junk.  I can seriously barely find a place to step, but sometimes I just need rift through junk to get a new idea.

I spotted this box frame  that’s been in there at least a few years.  Since I’ve been in “red mode” in my kitchen, I thought it might make a nice handled tray.

thrift shop frame

At one time I  glued a tape measure around the edges, but didn’t like it, so I yanked it off.

thrift shop frame 2

The first thing to do was sand off the glue residue, which left it nicely distressed.

thrift shop frame 3

I looked through my graphics and printed out these  bird and postcard images (link below), which I thought would go nicely with the frame.

Antique Postcards with Birds Printables - KnickofTime.net

I picked up a few black drawer pulls to use as handles.

black drawer pulls

I stained the sides where I had sanded off the glue, then decoupaged one of the prints onto the tray, and attached the handles onto the sides.

Upcycled Frame Tray

It’s the perfect size tray to use on a coffee table, or as a table centerpiece.

Upcycled Wood Frame Tray - KnickoTime.net

Red Bed Tray - KnickofTime.net

It would make a nice breakfast in bed tray too.

Wood Handled Tray

I need to go rummage around in “the Pit” again, and see if I can find some more junk that inspires me!

Repurposed Wood Frame Tray - Knick of Time


~ My Kitchen in ‘Red Mode”

Birds on Postcards Printables

~ Here’s a few ideas I loved from last week’s Vintage Inspiration Party.

What a clever idea to turn and old drawer into shelves, but what takes it up a notch is the differ
ent scrapbook paper behind each shelf ~ via Refresh Living.

Repurposed Drawers Shelves

This little magnetic chalkboard message center with Scrabble tiles magnets is easy and useful! ~ via Adirondack Girl at Heart.

Magnetic Message Board



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  1. Your tray turned out beautifully, Angie–I’m loving red right now myself. I know you are one busy lady, but I hope you’ll consider linking up some of your vintage posts at our new party–Vintage Charm–starting this Thursday. Thanks so much for the shout out on my message center!

  2. Very pretty, Angie! Seems like it would be easy to use with the deep sides and handles!

  3. What a cute little tray to hold some munchies while watching your favorite football team play. Or on Christmas morning…a cup of hot chocolate and warm cinnamon rolls while waiting to see what Santa left under the tree.

  4. I love the vintage postcard idea, especially on the red painted background – so pretty! This would be fabulous using a vintage Christmas card for the holidays too!

  5. I love it! What more can I say?

  6. Your tray is soooooooo very pretty…I LOVE that red and the old postcard suits it to a T! I’d say this project easily deems your creativity intact and as alive as ever!

  7. I love your blog and this idea. I don’ have PicMonkey but would like to when I can figure it out. Thanks for all your ideas.

  8. Marlene Stephenson says

    Your tray is so cute i love this idea,don’t like red but,i can do another color. Hope your days are going ok right now.

  9. What a great idea, Angie! One thing I don’t understand, though: what is the bottom of the tray made from? Because if the frame is a picture frame wouldn’t it be open on both back and front? Or was it a shadow box frame, maybe? I really like the end result. I just might try this one myself.

  10. Beautiful, Angie. Makes me want to curl up in front of a fire with a cup of tea or hot cider.

  11. Very pretty. Love the decoupaged postcard.

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