If you can remember way back to the beginning of March I shared this picture of two thrift store frames:
I have a hard time passing up nice wooden frames when I see them. With a little paint, these would be great to use as actual frames, but I had another plan. I’ve had my eye on those gorgeous tiered trays you see everywhere for quite some time.
Most of them can be expensive, but here’s how I made one for around $12:
- Frames (at least 2 of varying sizes)
- Paint (I like using the 2oz. chalky paint for small projects)
- Wood (an old pallet works great!)
- Miter saw
- Wood glue
- Satin Poly
- Wooden candlestick and finial
First, I took out the glass so I could easily paint the frames.
I painted both of them with CraftSmart chalky paint in Linen. It’s a perfect neutral color. I also distressed them quite a bit.
I had originally planned to put fabric in the frames under the glass, but I’ve only done that on a one layer tray. For this one, I needed it to support weight, so I opted to remove the glass and try something new. I also wanted a more rustic look. I’ve had pieces of a pallet in my garage for a few
months years because I knew that one day I would need it!
The time had finally come and I’m sure my husband could not have been happier to finally be using it. He even cut the pieces for me! 🙂
I added a layer of satin poly to bring out the color a little. The wood was glued together and cut to the perfect size to fit snugly in the frame. I turned the frame over and slipped the wood in from the back.
Now, it was time to assemble the trays. I bought a wooden candlestick at the craft store and painted it the same color as the frames.
The frames were screwed onto the top and bottom of the candlestick so it would be as sturdy as possible.
I also added a decorative wooden finial to the top.
I really love how it turned out!
*I’ve had several questions about putting food on the tray. I only use mine for decorative purposes (these apples were not eaten). If you want to put food directly on the surface you will want to use new, untreated wood and find a sealer that is safe for food contact.
What do you think? If you love this tray but DIY is not your thing, here are some great options for you:
Here’s a before shot of next month’s project. I hope you come back to the see the after!