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DIY Tray From a Repurposed Cabinet Door

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Creating a DIY tray from a repurposed cabinet door makes for beautiful home decor.

When making wooden DIY projects, lumber can sometimes be pricey. A great alternative can be your local Habitat Restore, thrift store or salvage yard.  On a recent thrift store hunt I scored not one, but two cabinet doors for 50% off of $3.59. So each cabinet door cost me roughly .89 cents each. Not only is the price right, there is no need to create a mess or drag out any heavy duty saws to cut the wood. The doors are sized perfectly and ready-made to craft trays, signs, tabletops and more.

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How to make a tray from a cabinet door

Step-by-step guide:

  1. Sand, then  thoroughly clean cabinet door.
  2. Paint one coat of chalk paint. I used Anne Sloan Aubusson Blue. After it is dry to the touch, paint another coat.
  3. Print off a graphic of your choice on your home computer.
  4. Using a piece of chalk, carefully outline each detail of the graphic.
  5. Press the graphic, chalk-side down onto the painted cabinet. Be careful not to smear as you press the chalk design. Lift the paper off of the cupboard.
  6. Using a chalk paint accent color, begin painting your design. I chose Paris Grey.
  7. Once you are happy with the completed design apply bees wax to the entire painted cupboard and buff. You may use clear wax as well.
  8. Apply a little bit of dark wax for an aged look. Buff and blend well.
  9. Add handles on each end of the board.

Aubusson Blue is one of my most favorite of Anne Sloan’s chalk paint colors. Depending on the sunlight, the hue changes throughout the day. The wax application changes the color as well.

In my bedroom I also painted an armoire in the same color. You can read that full post here Chalk Painted Armoire Makeover – Aubusson Blue.

The relief design on the cupboard was also a perfect place to add the accent paint as well.

This is the type of tray that can be used in the bedroom for your laptop, a serving tray in the kitchen or as a display tray for vignettes on a tabletop. Design opportunities and styles are endless – and it’s so easy to make! Create your own DIY tray from a repurposed cabinet door, you’ll love it!

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3 Comments

  1. Suzanne Lee says:

    Where can I find the garland and the bee you used on the cabinet door.
    I would love to make this for a friend that collects bee things.

  2. You guys always find THE best deals, I swear! I love how this project turned out. Your bee stencil is totally fabulous and I love the idea of the tray too. They are really great for gift giving this time of year. Hugs, CoCo

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