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Upcycle: Cabinet Door into a Serving Tray

When we pulled out our holiday decorations this year we found that our festive serving tray had a sharp crack in the handle (it was cheap plastic to begin with). Drats, even I had to consider this kaput.But, not to fret for long, I had an idea in the wings, actually in the shed.

Rewind a few months… I was riding my bicycle past a trash pile that had an almost perfect cabinet door and I picked it up because I wanted to make one of those trays with the collapsible sides that are used for breakfast in bed. Yeah, not really practical for my current lifestyle.

So I assembled my supplies:
cupboard door
wood stain
reclaimed handles
wood filler

First I filled the holes drilled for the cupboard door handle.

Next I applied a thin layer of paint with a very dry brush. The cabinet door was also raw wood so the paint sunk in easily. This allowed the paint to be thin enough to still show a little of the natural wood grain.

This looked good, but to add some visual interested, I added the antiquing technique of wood stain rubbed over paint. I took a section of old t-shirt, dunk it in the wood stain and wiped it over the edges of the cabinet door.
I wiped off the excess stain with a clean piece of old, reused t-shirt material.

When the door front was completely dry, I drilled holes for the reclaimed brass handles I repurposed from an old desk.

Okay, here’s where I considered adding decorative ornaments painted with gold leaf paint. This would look beautiful, but I love the tray so much I want to use it all year!

If you’re looking for a cabinet door to upcycle, look at bargain outlets for scratch and dent sales, or if your hometown has a green demolition store, that’s a great resource, too.

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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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3 Responses to Upcycle: Cabinet Door into a Serving Tray

  1. wicker outdoor furniture October 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    This is really a brilliant idea for using Cabinet Door into a Serving Tray. The idea is so simply however the result is very useful and unique. If you have another cabinet door then you can make another tray….

  2. Kim May 21, 2014 at 1:18 am #

    I really love this color! What brand and color did you use?

    • Eve May 21, 2014 at 9:09 am #

      Hi Kim, I used a Valspar sample paint. Unfortunately I know the color name. Glad you like it. Thanks!

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