Cabinet Door Turned Tray

I hope that this post finds all of you well on this GREAT Saturday! It’s great because we are alive another day, but it’s also GREAT because my Auburn Tigers won!! WOOT! What a fantastic game!! I had to miss the most exciting part of the game to go to a fall festival for my kiddos…Boy are they loved….

I have been a busy girl today. I got up at the crack this morning for my weekly garage “sailing” and found more things than I really needed to bring home, but I had so much fun doing it! I need to slow down just a little or my Husband may end up calling “Clean House” on me. And I’m not sure I want Neasy up here, all in my business! I clean out the garage just to clutter it back up again. Whew! It’s a vicious cycle……

So, I promised yesterday a project using old discarded cabinet doors. These old white doors were on my parents bathroom cabinet when I was growing up. Why my parents saved them, I have NO idea but I’m glad they did! So don’t throw your old doors out, they make great serving trays!! Check this out… Ugly little things aren’t they…..
But look at em’ now!!

I took all of the hardware off the doors and sanded it down really good to get all the old paint and raised wood settled down. I then took my favorite Elmers white wood filler and filled in all the holes. After it dried, I sanded it some more to get a smooth paint service. Then I sprayed it with my favorite Zinzer 1-2-3 primer. I wanted to try this faux finish on the tray first to see if I liked it before I tried it on furniture. It turned out looking like real wood! It’s a really cool effect.

Don’t you just love this old brown bottle. Mom and I are collecting these. I wanted to show you the bottle but also get a close up of the tray finish. Do you see how it actually looks like wood grain? Super Easy. All I did was use my favorite stippling brush and dry brush some black artist acrylic on. Now, I use these paints because I have them for my Canvas art but you could use any black paint. You brush it on in the direction wood grain would go. On top of that I just started layering burnt umber with the Stippling brush until I achieved the desired effect. I left a little of the white showing through.

The lighting in this picture isn’t really good for some reason but I wanted you to see the full tray with nothing on it. I drilled holes in the sides and fitted it with regular old cabinet door hardware. I chose silver because I thought it looked the best. I thought this would look great with some block cheese and grapes in the center. Although, you would probably want to line it first with something before putting food on it.

I think I’m going to try a light gray and white finish on the second one with oil rubbed bronze handles. What do you think? Not bad for something that was about to go to the trash! And the great thing was it was FREE! I already had the hardware and paint!!
Thanks for coming by! I’ll see ya’ll back here on Monday with some more great projects! I’m taking the Lords day off:)
I am linking this project to the DIY show and to Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm.

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Blessings,

Comments

  1. Great tray…and great use of something that would have gone in the trash. So glad that MMS introduced us to you and doubly glad that you are also a Southern girl!!!

  2. Great tray…and great use of something that would have gone in the trash. So glad that MMS introduced us to you and doubly glad that you are also a Southern girl!!!

  3. Wow! I am so impressed with your tray. It really does look like real wood! What a great technique – thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Wow! I am so impressed with your tray. It really does look like real wood! What a great technique – thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. What a clever way to use the cabinet doors! It does look like real wood and I love the contrast of the silver handles.

  6. What a clever way to use the cabinet doors! It does look like real wood and I love the contrast of the silver handles.

  7. Awesome, the tray looks great! Thanks for sharing this idea~

  8. Awesome, the tray looks great! Thanks for sharing this idea~

  9. Those are amazing! I'm totally impressed!!

  10. Those are amazing! I'm totally impressed!!

  11. That's fantastic! I love it. What a great transformation.

  12. That's fantastic! I love it. What a great transformation.

  13. Wow! That turned out great!

  14. Wow! That turned out great!

  15. Hey Kelli! Love that cabinet turned tray. I'll be in B'ham Fri=Sunday starting on my new little grandson's room…I'm hoping to sneak in a trip to CI for a little retail therapy. Maybe I'll see you there?

    Judy

  16. Hey Kelli! Love that cabinet turned tray. I'll be in B'ham Fri=Sunday starting on my new little grandson's room…I'm hoping to sneak in a trip to CI for a little retail therapy. Maybe I'll see you there?

    Judy

  17. Thank you ALL! I love all of your comments!! I'm glad to know somebody is actually out there reading!!

    Hey Judy! You just might! I am decorating for Christmas this week!! Give me a shout about when you think you might drop by!
    Blessings…

  18. Thank you ALL! I love all of your comments!! I'm glad to know somebody is actually out there reading!!

    Hey Judy! You just might! I am decorating for Christmas this week!! Give me a shout about when you think you might drop by!
    Blessings…

  19. really cute – they do look just like real wood – great technique!

  20. really cute – they do look just like real wood – great technique!

  21. Kelli,
    Thanks for coming to my party with your THRIFTY trays…they look outstanding! Sorry that you had to miss the best part of the game…I was there and I can say it was rocking with so much excitement…WAR EAGLE!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

  22. Kelli,
    Thanks for coming to my party with your THRIFTY trays…they look outstanding! Sorry that you had to miss the best part of the game…I was there and I can say it was rocking with so much excitement…WAR EAGLE!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

  23. How creative! What a wonderful idea – love it.

    I'm a new follower from Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea
    http://NauticalCottageBlog.com

  24. How creative! What a wonderful idea – love it.

    I'm a new follower from Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea
    http://NauticalCottageBlog.com

  25. …smart smart smart…and good looking!…thanks for sharing!

  26. …smart smart smart…and good looking!…thanks for sharing!

  27. I am in love with this tray! What a fabulous idea. I am your newest follower!

    Chelsea

  28. I am in love with this tray! What a fabulous idea. I am your newest follower!

    Chelsea

  29. Very cute! I love how sturdy the doors are. They're actually made better than the average tray. LOVE your wood effect you achieved!

    Donna

  30. Very cute! I love how sturdy the doors are. They're actually made better than the average tray. LOVE your wood effect you achieved!

    Donna

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