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Easy, DIY rustic wood tray from a picture frame

Hey there! It’s Angela from Number Fifty-Three and I am so excited to be here with this months contributor post.
Easy DIY rustic wood tray
The transformation of this vintage painting into a DIY rustic wood tray is just remarkable and was so easy to create.


 Supplies: Vintage thrift store frame, paint in two complementary colors, stain, paint brushes, clean rags (for stain application), fine sandpaper, wax or poly, hobby board cut to size from the home improvement store, staple gun, felt pads.



Start out by removing the picture from the frame if applicable. 
Paint your first color, let dry and then paint your second color.

When the paint is completely dry, distress and set aside.

Next, at the home improvement store, have the pieces of wood cut to size so they fit perfectly in the frame. I chose a couple of different types of wood for interest.

Stain the wood, and fit it into the frame.

Each strip of wood could be glued together, but instead, I just used my staple gun to attach them to one another for stability. I also used the staple gun to attach them to the frame.

To protect the tray, finish with either wax or poly.

Lastly, add on some felt pads to protect whichever surface you use the tray on.
I am loving the rustic feel of the tray paired with my more modern rug and pillows in my living room.

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  1. What a wonderful idea! I have a couple of really old and ugly pieces of art and have been wondering what I was going to do with them, or the frames! This is perfect! I have pinned this and will be sharing over at G+ and Facebook! Hugs! Chloe

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