Small Tray Out Of a Picture Frame

Hi, friends!!

Welcome to another Thrift Store Challenge post!! If you remember, I’ve paired up with other talented ladies to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild! Last month I showed you a picture frame makeover and the previous one a repurposed light wall sconce.

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Pili | Sweet Things
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation
Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented
Kim | Farmhouse Made    Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Sara | Twelve on Main
Chelc | Inside the Fox Den    Sue | A Purdy Little House    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs
Ali | Home Crafts By Ali    Denise | My Thrifty House    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek
Toni | Small Home Soul    Jeanie | Create & Babble    Michelle | Michelle James Designs
Medina | Grillo Designs    Karen | Dragonfly & Lily Pads

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This month I used a picture frame too, I can never have enough picture frames because they are so versatile! I still remember the first time I repurposed one into a tray, in fact, that one was quite big. This time I started with a little one and quite ugly, by the way. It looked like this


The first thing I did was to remove everything, the glass was too filthy and it needed a deep clean.


This is what you need if you want to make your own small tray out of a picture frame.

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It was time to paint. I wanted a quick makeover so I decided to use spray paint but first I covered the floor with an old sheet. I wanted to try a new chalk paint spray I was told it worked great, the brand is called Pinty Plus. I had two more projects going on so there were all waiting for their turn.

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After two coats it was covered perfectly and I took some scrapbook paper I liked. If you want to download the same one I used you can find it here.

I also sprayed the plastic kitchen cabinets pulls I had from a long time.

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I drilled the frame and used some nuts to attach the pulls, then I put the glass and the back again, and it looked this cute. You may remember the fake metallic star 😉

You may want to see the whole room tour as I did a post on how to get a bright look in your bedroom.

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Not too big so it’s great as decor.

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You can use it to hold your jewelry too.

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I really love damasks, I used some paper on this decoupaged sideboard, this damask sideboard or these DIY damask hangers.

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I hope you like my small tray and would love to know what you normally do with picture frames besides hanging them on the wall.


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  1. Michelle says:

    What a big difference the before and after. I love the damask paper you used on the inside and how beautiful the handles turned out. Lovely re-purpose Pilil

    • Pili says:

      I’m really happy to be able to repurpose so many things so they don’t end up in the landfill. Thanks Michelle, I like it too

  2. Ali B says:

    The before and after is so different, I wouldn’t have ever known it was a picture frame! Such a fun idea. I’m going to check at the thrift store next time I am there.

  3. Keri says:

    Pili, I love this damask tray. The handles look great on there. You did another wonderful job repurposing a frame. Seeing your 3 different projects you had waiting to be spray painted reminds me of myself and how I sometimes do projects too. 🙂

  4. Maureen says:

    I too love the versatility of picture frames, yet have never made a tray! There are so many beautiful ones that would make a gorgeous tray every time I visit the thrift store, I will really have to take a closer look next time! I love the colors you chose for yours and that scrapbook paper is lovely!

  5. Erlene says:

    I agree that frames are so versatile. I’ve made a tray out of a frame before and use it to hold my bathroom items. Your tray turned out lovely and can be used anywhere in the home.

  6. Kim says:

    That’s such a great idea!! I need one for all my rogue earrings and hair ties and all my stuff! I love how it turned out 🙂

  7. Lora says:

    This is such a practical, simple, project! So easily replicated, too — because frames can always be found in thrift stores.

  8. Toni | Small Home Soul says:

    I love this beautiful new tray you made. It’s such a cute way to reuse something we all have laying around. I really love the pretty paper you put under the glass. I made a tray like this for my daughter last year and she uses it in her bathroom to corral her perfumes.

  9. MichelleJames says:

    I love this tray. I have always wanted to make a tray from a picture frame and have yet to do it. You have inspired me to get moving! It all came together so well and I love the white!

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