I think you’ll love this DIY picture frame serving tray tutorial I’m about to share. Finding supplies won’t be hard since there is never a shortage of frames and wall art in the thrift stores…ever!
While I was digging through the piles of frames to find the perfect one for my upcycled serving tray project, I had to remind myself that there’s always something for everyone, and to think nice thoughts because someone loved those items at one time.
… and now I love the one I brought home too:)
How to upcycle a picture frame into a serving tray
Supplies you’ll need to make a serving tray out of a picture frame.
- wood picture frame with glass
- adhesive stencils
- glass etching creme I couldn’t find the brand I used.
- rubbing alcohol
- 1/4″ board cut to fit 1/2″ over the back of the frame opening
- 2 handles
- DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint, in Everlasting and Vintage
- DecoArt Ultra Matte varnish
- needle nose pliers
- Small wood screws
- paper towels
- painters tape
- TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) powder to degloss and clean
Picture Frame Serving Tray Tutorial
Take the frame apart and put the glass and the other parts aside. Wipe the frame down with TSP to clean and degloss it.
Allow it to dry and follow up with a coat of the Ultra Matte varnish to seal and protect the paint. I love the Ultra Matte varnish for projects & use it on furniture too. It holds up extremely well on a high use items, like my desk top:)
Prep the glass for the etching cream by cleaning it and then wiping it with alcohol. Place your adhesive stencils on the glass. If you want the glass on your picture frame serving tray to be smooth, the etched side will face down on your tray. That means you’ll need to make you pattern backward if there is one.
Following the directions of the brand of stencil creme you are using, apply the stencil creme. I used DecoArt’s stencil creme which I liked a lot, but couldn’t find a link to share the product 🙁
Rinse the glass in cold water, peel off the stencil and also rinse it thoroughly.
I decided to paint the backing that goes under the glass. I just flipped over the paper and painted the back with Vintage Chalky Finish Paint.
Next pre-drill where the handles will attach to the frame, just don’t attach them yet:)
See how easy it is to get a perfect alignment of the handle holes? Nice trick isn’t it?
Next comes the mystery step since I completely forgot to take a photo of this step..so sorry!
Reassemble the glass with the etched side down, painted backing and some cardboard, or the original cardboard if needed to get a tight fit so the glass doesn’t move in the frame.
Drill pilot holes in the four corners of the 1/4″ board that you cut earlier. Place the board over the back of the frame and carefully screw the board to the frame. I’ll say this again…carefully!
Because this is the step where I broke my glass and had to remake a piece of glass and etch everything all over again! Ugh!!
Make sure the screws are not too close to the glass area and don’t tighten the screws too much. I used self sticking felt pads over the screw heads so my tray wouldn’t scratch anything.
Last, attach the handles onto the tray.
I’m ready for a quiet afternoon, sitting by the water with a good book and a nice hot cup of tea. Care to join me?
Has my picture frame serving tray tutorial inspired you to go find an ugly old frame and create something beautiful?
Want more fun projects? You may like My DIY Etched Glass Coffee Station Canisters. Or perhaps an upcycling project is your thing, see my DIY Twin Headboard Bench With Storage. If you love butterflies, see my butterfly wall organizer 🙂
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