How To Repurpose A Picture Into A Tray

Hey there!

My husband and I helped my mother in law getting rid of lots of stuff from her home last summer. I think she was kind of picture fan because she had the walls full of them, do you remember those I transformed into my romantic pictures? I still have a lot waiting for some inspiration in my basement, but I came across this one and suddenly an idea crossed my mind.

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I remembered taking a picture of it once I had drilled the sides and removed some black paint, but you can see how it was before.

So the process was really simple, I took it all apart and applied one coat of  DIY chalk paint both on glass and frame, and let it dry. Then I sprayed in silver the frame and let it dry again.

On a plastic container I mixed some water and white glue, ratio about 1:1, and brushed the painted glass with it. Then I took some cute damask gift paper I bought some time ago for no reason, just because I saw it and I thought I would use it someday, and started to glue it on the glass. I carefully removed any air bubbles while gluing it, and trimmed the borders. Guess what… let it dry!! It’s so hard to be a DIY-er, you have to wait for the things to dry!! Maybe that’s why I always handle about 3-4 different things at a time, no need to wait 😉

When the frame was ready, I just added some cabinet pulls I had which were silver as well. To finish, I put everything together and gave it some spray varnish to protect

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What do you think, isn’t it much better? And I’m really happy I gave that ugly picture a whole new life.

How to transform a picture into a tray | Repurpose an old picture before & after | Damask gift paper | Via

You can do other things with old frames, just have a look here. Enjoy your weekend!



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    • Pili says:

      Hi, Mary! I loved the paper so when I thought about making a tray I was sure it would look wonderful.
      Thanks for visiting!

    • Pili says:

      Yes Mary, when I first saw the paper I fell in love with it and decided I was going to buy it to make something out of it, no idea what, but that would come to my mind in the right moment. And this was the moment 😉

  1. Laurie says:

    Such a lovely transformation! I love the paper you used too. It will become a beautiful decor piece for your home! Thank you for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinning and tweeting to share!

    • Pili says:

      Laurie, the paper made all the difference in this makeover, I just love it! Thanks for stopping by and share!

    • Pili says:

      That’s a good work then, Angela. If she still has it then it means you did great! I love making things and use them as presents too

  2. Julie says:

    Hi Pili,
    Wow the tray came out beautiful!!
    Thanks for sharing this with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

    • Pili says:

      I love repurposing too, Charlene!! Thank you so much for stopping by and welcome to my crazy corner!

    • Pili says:

      Thank you so much, Eva! I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by and comment. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Jenny says:

    What a fabulous idea! I love how it turned out. I have an old framed picture or 2 around here somewhere…I might have to try this!

  4. Debrashoppeno5 says:

    The frame into a tray turned out so nice. You gave me a chuckle about waiting for stuff to dry. I have to do the same thing and have found like you do have several things going on so you don’t get impatient.

    • Pili says:

      Yay, great minds think alike lol!! My perpetual New Year resolution is patience, but I must keep working on it.
      Thanks for your comments!

  5. Nikki Frank-Hamilton says:

    Pili, I love this, it looks so pretty now. What a big change. We have a picture tray that we use in the living room, we have 2 large ottomans that we use as a coffee table and as extra seating. It was hard to find a tray large enough to put on top of the area to set drinks etc. And they were really expensive if they were large enough. This is a great fix for that, you can find large picture frames at garage sales or Thrift stores! I’m going to have my eye out for them now! Thanks for the idea.

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Hope! I really appreciate you stopping by, thank you so much for the feature! It makes me really have when others like my projects too.
      Happy weekend!

  6. Mum in Brum says:

    Wow this is a genius idea! I would never have thought of that but it looks so good and so much nice that the trays you can buy in the shops! I love using wrapping paper to decorate things. Thanks so much for sharing, I definitely won’t be throwing away old picture frames from now on! x

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Natalie! I hate having to throw away things I won’t be using anymore, so I do my best repurposing them… I love using wrapping paper too!
      Thanks for visiting!

  7. Life Loving says:

    That’s a really clever idea. I would be a bit worried about the sturdiness of it, using one my my picture frames, but if I had good quality ones, that would definitely work!

    It looks really nice.

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Sally! This is a heavy one, and the staples it has at the back make it quite sturdy… but maybe some pictures can be used as decorative trays instead of carrying things with them.
      I appreciate your visit!

  8. Denise/DIY Crush says:

    I LOVE this!! What a great idea to reuse an old picture frame!! It’s definitely a pretty item to showcase! Thank you so much for sharing at my craft party on Thursday! Hope to see your newest posts this week, which starts at 7pm EST.

    • Pili says:

      Thanks for the visit, Denise! I appreciate your visit and your kind comments very much!
      See you on Thursday!

  9. Lisa B. says:

    Hello Pili!! I wanted to stop by and let you know that your post has been chosen as a Feature for the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!! Stop by tomorrow morning and see your post linked up and don’t forget to grab your “Featured Button”. ~Lisa~ :)

    • Pili says:

      Haha Rose, I sell most of them. I would love to keep them but I don’t leave in a castle so… Anyway, I love making them and I am really happy others can enjoy them too

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