Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Frame Tray

There is just something about my living room that I can't get "just right." I am constantly adding or subtracting items. Don't get me wrong, I mean in the interest of full disclosure, I absolutely love the colors and feel of the room. It just seems like something is always missing. I've tried to convince my husband that what is really missing is fresh flowers, though he seems to have discovered an "angle" on that ploy. I decided this week that the newest thing we REALLY needed was a good coffee table display, so I went to work and came up with this...

TA DA! The frame tray! I am admittedly a little over excited about this one. I guess maybe because it started like this...



While perusing goodwill searching for a cast off tray, I came up empty handed. I really wanted something that I could jazz up a little to get just the right elegant look. There wasn't one tray to be had. So, I went for an old frame instead.

This is what I did:
I painted the frame white to offset my black coffee table. I was wrestling with whether or not to paint it black, but I liked the contrast the white provided.



Next, I went with some old cast iron drawer handles that I picked up for $2.99 each. (Please don't cringe, I wasn't too pleased with the price either, but they were perfect for what I wanted and I was too anxious to wait around for a sale!)



I attached the handles with shallow screws. Once attached, I painted the screws black to blend with the cast iron handles.



For the picture insert, I batted and covered the original cardboard backing with a cute black gingham fabric that is a theme throughout my house (using hot glue). This gave the insert a raised, cozy look that I was very pleased with. I like the texture the batting provided.





I then simply put the insert in place, attaching with hot glue to make it more sturdy. There were already metal tabs to hold it in, so the hot glue was just extra security. (Not pictured, I covered the unsightly cardboard showing through with extra fabric. I mean, who looks at the bottom of a tray right? But, just in case...)



This was the temporary look, before the glass was added. At this point I was getting really excited!



Now, this is the part that I discovered made the frame the PERFECT bones for a serving/ display tray: The Glass. I decided to mount the glass on top of the frame for a couple of reasons. First, it protected the batted fabric without smashing it. Second, it made the tray a lot sturdier because I don't have to worry about heavy objects pushing the insert out. (Try it and you'll see what I mean!) I simply mounted the glass with a dot of hot glue in each corner. Good thing it is clear so it wasn't too obvious at all.



I never get too excited about my projects until I really see how useful they are to me or others, but I am loving this one. I have decided that even if it proves inconvenient, I will always love it. I am totally going to judge this book by its cover. :)





Now, here is my new problem. This $4.00 frame is now the classiest thing in my funky little living room. Hmmmmm, this could create new decorating obsessions, should I be worried? Well, maybe my husband should be...



Well, I guess we shouldn't worry too much. The two little monkeys in the background I'm sure will bring me back to reality and remind me that I don't live in a magazine. And that is just the way I like it!



Thanks for stopping by once again to see my new favorite thing.

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89 comments:

  1. Hi Patrice,

    Love your new coffee table decor! I'm in the process also to re-juvenate my living room, you just gave me a great idea!

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  2. Wow! I love your tray! That is fabulous and your living room is stunning! I know how you feel about it not feeling complete. I am convinced my living room needs $25 pillows from Target...alas my budget says no!
    Hugs,
    Olivia

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  3. Wow, Patrice! You never cease to amaze me! That tray is gorgeous and the idea is genius! I love it! It's beautiful and your living room - wow! Gorgeous, all of it, especially that little lady in the background! : )

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  4. Very cute! I'll have to look for another place to put a tray now.

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  5. OH OH OH!!!! I AM SO DOING THIS! THANKS FOR THE FABULOUS TUTORIAL!!!

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  6. Patrice this is my top favorite and I'm becoming a copy cat.

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  7. This tray is so adorable. I can't wait to try this out for myself. Thanks for sharing the great idea.

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  8. I love it! I have seen one that people put little objects underneath as an added personalization like a monogram or something...in my sister Tiffany's case she might even use a number. :) Very cool idea though. I've already started making a list of what I'll look for at garage sales this spring/summer.

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  9. What a gorgeous tray you have created!
    Happy day!
    xojanis

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  10. What a GREAT idea! Thanks for inspiring me today!
    Danylle
    Nana Moon Shop

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  11. LOVE this idea! Might just have to try doing this craft someday.

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  12. Patrice! I love this! I love the color combo and how it looks in your living room :)

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  13. Absolutely wonderful! I would be excited about the way that turned out too! Great idea.

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  14. What a wonderful idea, and it looks beautiful and right at home on your coffee table!

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  15. so so so so smart...I'm doing this when I have a few extra moments this summer!

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  16. This is great and so easy! I've been reading your blog since you started and I really love it! I hope you'll link up to my first ever linky party on Friday!!! http://becca-homeiswheremystorybegins.blogspot.com/

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  17. You are absolutely amazing! I love it! :)

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  18. It looks really great! And hardly the classiest thing in there, I love that pillow in the background! Too cute.

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  19. that is simply beautiful! it looks so perfect in your home!! and to think it is a diy!!!! it would cost a fortune to buy one of those at pottery barn. thanks for sharing!
    xoxo
    tod

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  20. Aha! I've been looking for a tray and haven't found one yet. Okay, yet another thing to add to my project list. Love it! Looks so great!

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  21. What a great frame for this project! It turned out great and I love the handles you added to the sides.

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  22. LOVE this. I'm going to need to find myself an old frame! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. I have a tray that is going to be a part of a big projedt. I think I will add handles to it after seeing your great tray. Thanks for the idea. Love it.

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  24. You did a great job- it looks so elegant. I love it!

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  25. I love that frame tray and room is very pretty.

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  26. I LOVE it!!

    Thanks for linking up to I'm Lovin' It! Have a GREAT weekend!

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  27. you're perfect! i LOVE this!

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  28. Hi Patrice,

    Thank your for your kind words on my blog. I really appreciate it! Have a great weekend!

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  29. i really like your tray.. the fabric you used just stands out..

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  30. I love making trays out of frames. I have tutorial on my blog on how to do it too :) Isn't it the best....and oh so easy! Yours turned out great!

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  31. Thank you so much for coming to my first linky party. I hope you'll come next week too! I love this project! You guys are so creative and I'm really enjoying the inspiration you provide!!!

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  32. I absolutely love your tray; it's something I have wanted to do as well. You may have just inspired me enough to get busy and do it and stop procrastinating. Thank you for sharing.
    Hugz,
    FLOWERSHOPGURL

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  33. Oh my gracious! That is the cutest thing ever. Best tray I've ever seen!

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  34. Love the tray, Patrice! How clever! Beautiful job!

    Cheers!
    Tina

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  35. Really lovely. There is so much you can do with a picture frame. I made a necklace organizer. You can check my archives.

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  36. Very creative! A good tray is hard to find:)

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  37. I love you...ALL! EVer project is beautiful and so fun! love love love them!

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  38. Oooo...I really love this! I am obsessed lately with finding frames at second hand stores...and this is a fantastic use for one! It is on the to-do list!

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  39. OHHH I am doing that! Adorable! Great work! Love your blog by the way! Smiles, JEN

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  40. Hi Patrice -

    I think the black and white theme looks wonderful in your room, the green glass vase really adds the pop. What a great look.

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  41. What a great idea...I think I might just have to try that!

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  42. This turned out great! Thanks for the tips about mounting the glass on the exterior.

    I'll have to try this one soon.

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  43. Love this! Genius idea using the frame! I really need to make one of these! Simply fabulous!!

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  44. you girls have done it again! super cute! i'd love to see it at our sundae scoop http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/2010/04/sundae-scoop-2-link-party.html

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  45. Patrice, I did it! I did it! Come see it on my blog www.babinblogger.blogspot.com
    I LOVE the way it turned out and it's just what my living room needed too!

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  46. Hi Patrice,
    Your frame tray is really very very beautiful and upscale! I have been looking for a tray- I will now be looking for a frame. This is better than any tray I've seen on the market. Kudos to you on a fabulous job!
    Yvonne

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  47. This tray looks fabulous and you should be excited about it. And I love the wall of books in the last picture.

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  48. What a great idea! and I do so love the black and white checked fabric. I have some black and white toile that I am just going to have to use to borrow your idea.
    Thanks.

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  49. I love the black and white check. Great addition to the room. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

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  50. The gingham is so elegant, I luv the whole look.
    Maggie
    http://cuttlebugchallenge.blogspot.com
    http://cuttingabove.blogspot.com

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  51. Awesomeness! I love what you did! This really looks great.

    ~Liz

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  52. I totally just had a "duh" moment.
    you know one of those "why didn't I think of that" kind of things.
    Genius, and super cute!!!

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  53. I've been wanting to make one of these for a looooooooong time. Yours turned out great!
    {Found you via Tip Junkie}

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  54. Absolutely adorable idea - and you did it so cute!!! Followed you from PPOP.

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  55. Love this idea! Will be looking for a chunky frame tomorrow at Goodwil! :)

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  56. I absolutely love this idea! I think I might have to try this myself. Thank you for sharing!

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  57. What a great idea! I've seen trays redone but never made new from a frame! Thanks for the clever craft!

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  58. this is my second trip over to see your frame tray! It is sooo gorgeous, I love it. I'm off to find a great frame to try this with!
    Thanks you so much for the inspiration!
    Dena
    Sweet Pickles and Chocolate

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  59. Where do I start?! This is FABULOUS! And I adore your living room, everything about it, I want to see more! I will be making one of these, thanks for the tutorial!
    New follower.

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  60. This would be such a great Mother's Day gift... I'll have to search through my stash to see if there are any large frames in there. :)
    We have a Friday Fun Finds party (on Fridays, of course)... If you're interested, we'd love it if you'd link up this week!

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  61. I love the tray, I love the room. It is all SO cute!! I am featuring this as part of 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' Party at Fun to Craft. Thanks for linking up! Come by and snag a featured button.

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  62. Hi there! Niki here, from over at Free 2 Be Frugal, stopping by from Works for Me Wednesday.

    I love your post! I am always loving the trays all the bloggers turn up at thrift shops but seem to come up empty handed on my travels, too. Neat alteration!

    Stop by and visit me when you get the chance.

    :)

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  63. This tray is amazing! I'm so glad you shared your idea. :O)

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  64. This is a WONDERFUL idea! It's so pretty. And mounting the glass on top is genius.

    Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy, with Life in the Pitts.

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  65. That is super cute! I would love for you to come and link up at check me out saturdays www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

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  66. This is so awesome, I had to feature it.

    http://lanieree.blogspot.com/2009/04/featuring-you.html

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  67. That frame looks so pretty made into a tray. Wonderful work! And I think your living room looks lovely. The colors are soothing and the furnishings and accessories are very chic.

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  68. Oh I love it! Repurposing projects are so much fun. I found your blog through a link on Black Kat Designs and I'm glad I did. Great Stuff!!

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  69. You were caught being creative and were featured on Black Kats Design Fab Friday Favorites. Stop on by, grab a button and show off!

    Kat

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  70. Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I've been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    Cheers
    Christian, iwspo.net

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  71. I've been meaning to share your idea for quite some time. I posted about it today:

    http://www.esbechic.com/1/post/2010/09/make-your-own-frame-tray.html

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  72. Great idea! Thanks for sharing your talents.

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  73. Just wanted to let you know that I featured your idea on my Facebook page. I LOVE it! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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  74. Hi there, thank you so much for this post! I just wanted to let you know that I've featured this in my top 10 list of projects with frames. Hope you can stop by ;-)

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  75. This is gorgeous!! I just saw it on pinterest and I am linking you tomorrow in a post on my blog! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  76. A couple years later after this post and you are still getting likes! Love this! Great job!

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  77. Loving it! :) I have linked to your blog on a sewing online site I belong to in Norway! No sewing just here but fabrics will NOT be a problem...:D

    Best regards from Eva Mari

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