Yesterday I wanted to share with you this rustic farmhouse tray I transformed from an old picture frame, but yesterday is gone and so now I’m sharing with you today! My Time Management still needs some improvement!
Here is the before and you can see I found this old picture frame at one of my thrift stores for $3.93.
The interior of the picture frame was 11×14 with the outside dimensions 15×18. The size and the profile of the picture frame made it perfect for a tray.
How to transform your frame
I used fence pickets for the interior of the tray and after cutting the pickets to fit and sanding them down I used Minwax Stain in Classic Gray to get the soft grey color. You can see the pickets before and after here and notice what great condition these pickets were in. They didn’t need much sanding at all!
The stain allows the grain to show through for added texture. I painted the frame with 3 coats of DIY chalk paint and then waxed the entire piece with my favorite, Annie Sloan Clear Wax. I didn’t distress the frame for two reasons. One, I like the way the solid white frame pops against the rustic interior and two, for the best distressing results, the finish under the white needs to be a dark color.
I could have stained or painted it first but I thought the chippy handles and the fence picket interior, would be rustic enough!
The handles came from Hobby Lobby and the chippy white finish works perfectly!
Can you see a little problem? I can! I forgot to paint the screws!! Oh well, I’ll take care of that later! I usually use a Q-tip and dab some white paint on the screws and just got in a hurry! Those time management issues keep coming up!
I hope you enjoyed checking out my picture frame turned Farmhouse Tray! It’s a really fun and easy project! So much so that I have another one to show you next week!!
Until next time!