Here is how I transformed a picture frame into a gorgeous tray for entertaining!
Cabinet Handles can turn any picture frame into a tray!
The picture frame is from a consignment shop.
I used The Graphics Fairy pictures for the art. Then I used my woodworker's transfer tool to transfer the art onto the fabric.
You can find the woodworker's transfer tool on my sidebar.
Here are the images I put together.
I first primed the frame because it was old wood.....
and then I made (homemade chalk paint) for the frame.
I mixed equal parts (flat) paint to Plaster of Paris and hot water. You can add more paint to thicken it. (This is how you make your own chalk paint for very little money!)
I then sanded the frame with 220-grit sandpaper after it was dry to distress it. I used a small electric hand sander. You can sand the wood by hand for the distressed look too!
(Either way of sanding is fine.)
I sealed the frame with clear Butcher's Bowling Alley Wax. I buffed the frame after it was dry.
I bought two cabinet handles at the hardware store and also painted them with chalk paint, distressed them with 220 - grit sandpaper and waxed them with the clear paste wax.
My husband cut the tops off the screws heads for me that go into the handles. The screws were then glued into the drilled holes you see.
(Drill two holes on both sides of the frame and glued the handles on.)
(Let the handles dry overnight)
Now put the glass back in the frame. If you want you can caulk between the glass and the frame. This helps seal it in case of liquid spills.
I used clear duct tape to tape the back closed.
Now I have a fancy tray that I can use for entertaining.
I hope I've inspired you to make one too! :)
Thanks for stopping by!