A cutie-pie tray you can make in seconds.

I did a little crafting over the weekend and thought I’d share a cute way I created a tray.

Tadaaa! Done!

Kidding. This is a real tray, and that just won’t do. πŸ™‚ But I’m lovin’ those handles, so off they came.

Go find yourself a cute little cabinet door that really still belongs on the cabinet, but.. oh well. I’m low in junk stock. πŸ™‚

Now comes a mini lesson in predrilling. See that tiny little drill?

Why predrill?

Β We’re going to predrill some holes so the screws goes in easier. It isn’t always necessary, however if you do, it makes the job easier so your screws don’t go ice skating across a tough surface. You also reduce the possibility of splitting the wood. And on a prepainted piece, it’s just neater. I predrill most everything I use for screws these days. Just make sure your drill is abit thinner than the screw.

First, mark where you desire the screw to land.

Ruin drill into the door at your desired location. My wonderful assistant is helping me so I can take nice pictures with TWO hands for a change.

Nice and easy!

Like the rust on that drill bit? That’s the amazing patina achieved if you leave all your tools in the rain for a week by accident. I know!!!!Β  But the new and improved finish makes it tough for them to slip into the drill,Β  so don’t do that even though it’s ultra cool looking.

All done! But first…

A quick test run by one of our two Catzilla testers. This one passed with flying colours. xo Now shoo!

Do you always think your cats look like monsters on your projects too? No? Ok, nevermind.

Remember ugly office #1? That desk got moved temporarily into ugly office #2. And here we are acraftin’ before much of anything got done. This was just more fun. πŸ™‚ More on this office soon!

I don’t know… maybe I should wait and show you what I did later with the tray… Ahhh!! So hard to keep a secret when you have a nice picture on file, ya know?

Ok, well, this isn’t in it’s final home so I guess it’s ok. Those are just loose sheet music sheets on top that could easily be Mod Podged down.

And there you end up with a cute tray with abit more character than one ready made! And the sky’s the limit. Go find yourself one amazing chippy door and some funky handles and have some fun.

But this door isn’t chippy, because I’m turning over a new leaf here!

Well, just for the short while. Is this something MMS would do maybe? Hmm… πŸ™‚

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  1. I love this idea, especially with the sheet music! My great room is done in musical instruments and I have been looking for an idea for something to sit on my coffee table. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  2. Wonderful! I think your DE-JUNK project turned out pretty well.
    However– I do have a hard time believing your going all out DE-JUNK and She’s going all out FUNK… we’ll see!
    I know it’s for the sake of US scardy-cats that can’t decide on paint color…y’all are showing us by example that it’s OKAY to try NEW things…

    I’m watching! and loving it…from a distance.
    But don’t let that ‘bug’ get on me… I’m A decor-phobe (I think)

  3. This is such a wonderful idea! I love how it turned out and how you accessorized it in the end! I think it was a cute idea to leave the little knob on it, too. (I am assuming that was on the cabinet door originally.) Love this! πŸ™‚

  4. The tray looks great! And LOL about not using a perfectly good ready made tray but creating your own. Gotta keep busy he.
    And I think that last pic is def. MMS inspired but not a true copy cat yet.

  5. Definitely MMS inspired! She probably would have painted it antique white and sanded the edges and roughed it up a bit then glazed it, and mod podged the sheet music down. But you are sure close!

  6. That is very nice! I like your volunteer testing crew too! LOL! They have to check everything out.
    You make many neat things! I also liked the post about the feed sacks. I am trying to learn about the linking process for blogger. Anyhow, I have several vintage feedsacks, this gave me some ideas as to what to do with some of them. They were fun to see!
    Have a great day.

  7. I like the sheet music on the tray too. I’d like to take an old picture frame with a grandkids picture in it and make a tray out of it too. I’ve been lookin’ and decidin’ which one to use..check back with me later, I’m still working on the door desk and quilted chair…projects, projects….

  8. Very MMS. I was at a thrift store a couple of months ago that had doors for .50, rats I knew I should have swiped them up!Just think of the great trays I could have been making!Love the idea and the tray!

  9. Oh no! Everyone’s gonna give me a hard time for mimicking her, but not copying her specifically?!? I need to bow out of this challenge NOW. πŸ™‚

    I just can’t copy. It’s against my principals!

    True story? I can still use the door on the cabinet this way. LOL


  10. Oh my word Donna! You had me laughing at your cat comments! I have a cat I nicknamed Catzilla! She is one of my foster cats and she kept trying to destroy my Christmas village this year! Catzilla was the first thing that popped into my head the first time I saw her walking through the village and knocking people and trees over! Then it was where is the spray bottle?!

    I love your tray. I just happen to have two doors I recently removed from a cabinet in the guest bathroom which would be perfect for this project. This is easy enough that even I can do it! I even have some drill bits that look like that (thanks to one or both of my boys…)!


    ~ Tracy

  11. I just did exactly that for Christmas! Thanks for reminding me, I have to post about it. That will be on the agenda tonight. Check out http://shenaniganshan.blogspot.com/ tomorrow to see. I think mine are a little more MMS style too and since they were gifts I wanted to be safe. But I also really wanted to beat them up and make them nice and junky πŸ™‚

  12. Love the easy door-tray project. I’ve done the same, just using picture frames, too. Or anything I can screw some handles onto! Had a laugh at your rusty screw bit, I was thinking you needed a new one…but kept reading until you mentioned the rust. How funny!
    Hugs & Happy Day! ~Heidi

  13. I love the sheet music on the tray – very nice touch =) Your cat reminded me of how when I was younger, my cat would always have to lay down on my homework. I wouls shoo him away and he was back within 5 seconds. Why do they do that??

  14. Looks great, MMS or FJI. A good source for cabinet doors in my area is a Habitat Restore. They always have new cabinet doors of all sizes when I go in.