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:
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.