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How to create a colorful tray from a cheap picture frame

A lively and colorful decorative tray couldn’t be simpler to create when you start with an inexpensive box picture frame! 

decorative tray

MAKE A DECORATIVE TRAY FROM A PICTURE FRAME

Using a decorative tray in your home decor is a super easy way to infuse style and color. And, with so many ways to use it, a tray is an economical choice as well! Here are some ways I’ve used trays in the past:

  • Turn an ottoman into a side table by adding a tray on top
  • Show off a favorite collection of items – plants, accents, pictures in frames – anything goes!
  • To corral bathroom or makeup items
  • Add flowers or plants for a fun centerpiece
  • As a serving tray – can’t forget that one

Sometimes, things are even more special when you can customize them. Today I’m showing you how you can make this versatile piece for under $!10.

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Even better, it’s time for another Create With Me challenge!  I skipped the month of June – just too much going on with my kids home for summer –  so I am extra excited to be back for the month of August.  You voted for our team to create with picture frames!  There are so many great projects you can create with picture frames, but one of my favorite things to do with a picture frame – precisely an inexpensive acrylic box frames – is to create fun and unique decorative trays!

oversized ottoman tray

Here’s what I used to create this fun, colorful tray:
  • An 11 x 14 acrylic box frame – I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but this is a great deal!
  • Nail polish in various colors, including clear
  • Navy blue high gloss acrylic paint
  • Painters tape
  • Make your tray

    ottoman trays

  • 1.To create your tray, turn the box frame over, remove the “box” meant to hold the picture in place, turn it over, and voila – a tray!

  • 2. To make sure you get a crisp edge, add painters tape around the inside edge of the frame.

    3.Paint clear nail polish around the inside edge of the painter’s tape to minimize any seepage.

    4. Next, paint the bottom of your tray with your acrylic paint. Allow it to dry between coats.

    decorative ottoman tray

  • 5. Now it’s time to add some color! You can add any pattern you want with your nail polish – I went with a series of dashes alternating my colors. Allow your tray to drive for a full 24 hours before using it to give the nail polish a chance to cure.

    6. Style away!

decorative tray for coffee table

I love how mine turned out, and I can guarantee you’ll be seeing it around my home. Have you done a picture frame make-over? We’d love to see what you’ve come up with! Post your pictures to Instagram using the hashtag #createwithmeprojects!

 

diy decorative tray from picture frame

Now it’s time to vote for next month’s material! Take the survey below and tell us what you want to Create with Me for September – then let’s take a minute to figure out how we’re already talking about September!

Thanks so much to Samantha of Little Bits of Home for hosting such a fun challenge!

 

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Rustic Sweets Stand: March Create and Share Challenge with Walnut Hollow!

Posted in PARTY PROPS AND DECOR
on March 30, 2016
Rustic Treat Stand using a Basswood Country Round

I’m here today, along with a fantastically talented group of bloggers, sharing my Rustic Treat Stand for March’s #CreateandShareChallenge!


This challenge is organized by Stephanie at Casa Watkins and sponsored by Walnut Hollow.

Walnut Hollow graciously gifted each participant with a wood-burning tool and product to re-style; I was so excited to receive a basswood country round. I’ve been eying up rounds for the past year scheming and planning all of the fun projects I could come with if I had one! I’d also never wood -burned before – unless camping with a campfire counts – and it seemed like something that would be fun to learn!

This is a sponsored post. I received materials from Wallnut Hollow for the purpose of completing this project and giving my honest opinion. All opinions and views on the Walnut Hollow products I used are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links. Clicking on or purchasing a product from these links may provide me with a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting KnockitoffKim.com

I had wood round project inspiration galore of course – Wood round projects are so popular these days. After going through my various ideas, I kept coming back to the cake stands that are so popular for rustic styled weddings. I loved the look but wanted something different – I’ve been married enough times, thank you very much!

 

I decided on a raised stand, not for cake – for treats! I had a good idea of the look of the stand but still needed to plan out the burning patterns. I played around a bit, but it turned out I wasn’t super handy with the wood burner when it came to free-hand burning. I’m sure with a bit more practice I’d get the hang of it fairly quickly but in the interim…  What to do, what to do?! That was when I saw a tutorial offered by Walnut Hollow which included the use of these letter stamps and asked myself, “What? Where have these been all of my life?!” Armed with a new plan, off to the car I went!

 

Walnut Hollow Hotstamps

I was so excited to find out that Walnut Hollow products are available at all of my favorite craft stores. After a quick trip to Michael’s,  I had in hand my supplies of a base, stacking wood balls and of course, the letter stamps and we were well on our way to creating a rustic style treat stand with a bit of a twist and personal style.

 

The letter stamps simply screw on to the end of the burner like any other burner tip. To change a letter, use a pair of plyers to both change and add a new letter. The burner heats the letter in about a minute and half.

 

To burn the letter onto your project, simply apply very light pressure to the surface with the letter side down. Be sure to test your surface on either the back side of the wood or a test sample first before burning so you’ll know how long to apply pressure. For my round it was literally a touch down onto the wood with the burner.

 

As if this project could get any better,  I got to play with a new power tool. A drill press! This tool was fantastic for creating consistently-sized holes through each piece. Although this could be done with any drill, it was SO easy with the drill press! I created a hole slightly larger than the 1/4″ threaded rod I  planned to secure all the pieces with.

 

Then, I cut the rod to size, and secured with a nut at the base and a wooden finial on the top. There was a time when I might have missed the point of a drill-press, but those days have passed, and I’m much more power-tool mature now!

 

I love that it has the rustic feel I was inspired by, with the addition of the simplistic text, all on a pretty pedestal perfect for petite treats – but not penguins. #namethatmovie.  I can’t wait to give the treat stand a try and envision all of the yummy goodness it will hold in the future. A big thank you, Walnut Hollow, for sponsoring this post!

 

How about you, have you come up with any fun projects or ideas for a basswood round? I’d love to hear about them!

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Before you go, please be sure to check out these other projects featuring the products of Walnut Hollow!

Pallet Tray Projects
Pocketful Of Posies:  DIY Military Coin Shadow Box
Vintage Romance Style: Easy DIY Laptop Stand
Shabby Grace Blog: Herb Garden Tray
Vintage Paint and More: DIY Vintage Pallet Tray
Domicile 37: Electronics Tray
Iris Nacole: Bohemian Tray
Medium Basswood Round
A Shade of Teal: DIY Clock
One Mile Home Style:  Golden Home Sweet Home Wall Art
Flourish & Knot: Monogrammed Cheese Board
Knock It Off Kim: Rustic Treat Stand
Farmhouse 40: Wood Open Sign
DIY Beautify:  Wood Slice Clock
Creatively Homespun:  DIY Children’s Step Stool
Chatfield Court:  DIY House Numbers
Large Round Clock
Monica Wants It: Gold Polka Dot Clock
The Twin Cedars: DIY Lazy Susan
Tastefully Frugal:  DIY Drum Clock
Uncookie Cutter: Tabletop Clock
The House Down The Lane:  Kid’s Art Cheese Tray
Refashionably Late: Stenciled Clock
My Life From Home: DIY Baseball Clock
Old House To New Home: DIY Stenciled Clock

HOW TO HAVE AN ECLECTIC MODERN ROOM FOR $100

Posted in DIY AND HOME DECOR, LIVING ROOM, MAKEOVER CHALLENGES
on February 5, 2018

Learn how you can achieve an eclectic modern living room style that oozes a relaxed and gathered vibe for around $100 with simple DIY projects.

eclectic modern - living room

Hallelujah, I finally finished – My eclectic modern living room is now a reality! Y’all, January has been a long month. Like many of you, we’ve had:

  • More snow days this month than we usually have in an entire year
  • A child with the flu
  • A child transitioning to a new school
  • The whole family (including the momma) coming down with norovirus
  • A birthday we planned for but had to cancel due to the norovirus
  • A child’s first travel dance competition
  • Enteryourchoiceofnaturaldisasterhere

BUT on the happy side, I’ve been participating in my second $100 Room Challenge, hosted by the lovely Erin of lemonslavendarandlaundry.com!  The first time I participated we made over our powder room, but this time I took on a little bigger project.  Myself and 38-other bloggers took part this go-round, and there is more before and after eye candy than you can even imagine – all for under $100! Be sure to check out all of the other participants completed projects at the end of this post.

Let’s take a quick look at “the before” before we move onto the afters, okay?

And now, the AFTER!

eclectic modern - after whole room 1

Are you screaming right now? Because I AM!

Living Room Makeover - DIY Artwork

HOW YOU CAN HAVE AN ECLECTIC MODERN LIVING ROOM FOR UNDER $100

My living room make-over took a little more than a month to complete and all in total I spent $99.50 – how is THAT for sneaking in under the wire?!

Here are all the things I’d hoped to accomplish – and by some miracle of miracles, I completed them ALL! I haven’t blogged about them all yet, but we’ll get there. ☺

It looks like a lot, but in reality, not one project took any longer than a weekend. Below are the steps you can follow to bring about your Eclectic modern makeover and the costs associated – both mine and what your’s would be, assuming you are not the DIY material hoarder that I am.

MAKE A PLAN

Cost: $0
Time involved: A few hours

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Think of your design plan as your visual to-do list. Even if you aren’t a list maker, this will help you to visualize how you want your room to function and look. Planning saves you in many ways by helping you to focus your time, energy and money on the things that are most important to you. In a budget make-over, it’s especially important, as it allows you to visualize your existing furniture and accessories in new ways and different combinations. I use Olioboard.com (no affiliation) to create my design plans – you can sign up for a free account.

ADD SHELVING

My cost: $69.50 – details to come
Your cost: About $120 for materials
Time involved: A weekend

eclectic style - before shelves

The shelving was by far my most significant expense, but it also has such an impact that it was worth the $70! Our room is very long and narrow. Having shelving at one end helps to balance the space – when the shelving is ample enough to do the job. The existing shelving was dark, too small, too short and overall, just wasn’t working. Not to mention, it was falling apart! My good friend April of Uncookiecutter.com and I collaborated to put together a set of plans for this shelving made almost entirely of plywood. It is open, streamlined and the perfect scale for the room. You’ll be amazed how easy they were to make – click here for the tutorial! For information on how I painted the faux metal finish onto the sides of the shelves, click here.

UPDATE YOUR COFFEE TABLE

My Cost: $30 for hairpin legs
Your Cost: Around $46 for all materials (not including the coffee table)
Time involved: A few days to remove and apply a new finish and for dry time.

For under $30 can bring an old, dated coffee table back to life. Any table in excellent shape and a removable top is a good candidate for this project. This particular table had a  fun inlay that wasn’t even visible because of all of the dark stain.

The new coffee table is stunning! It’s sleek and modern, and the color is perfect for highlighting that inlay I love so much!

Hairpin leg Coffee Table - After
How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Coffee Table for under $50

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DIY SOME ARTWORK

My cost: $0
Your cost: $10-$30
Time involved: An afternoon or two

There are two significant art focal points in this room – a large print above the sofa and a gallery style display above the loveseat.

Eclectic Modern - Before Art Work

In both cases, the art displays were the perfect size for the room, but the art itself was dated and not in line with our current style. I’ll be sharing the details on both of these DIY art projects in the next week or so.

eclectic modern - diy abstract art

eclectic modern - sofa and side table

eclectic modern -DIY gray malin art

 

ADD COLOR TO YOUR FIREPLACE

My cost: $0
Your cost: $4 for a sample size of paint
Time involved: A half-day

eclectic style - mantle

I took a big chance on updating this fireplace with a bold and unexpected paint color but am SO glad I did! Sometimes you just have to go with your gut!

colorful tray

painted brick fireplace - feature

GIVE YOUR LAMPS A MAKE-OVER

My Cost: $0 – I am a spray paint hoarder
Your cost: $7 for two cans of spray paint
Time involved: A few hours

Eclectic Design - Lamp Before

I didn’t spend a lot of time outlining the lamp make-overs as I had a pretty long to-do list, but the long and short of it, you can completely transform a set of lamps with spray paint. This one looks brand new, even when placed in the same spot on the same console table! Never underestimate the power of spray paint.

console cabinet - lamp

FIX UP YOUR END TABLES

My cost: $0 – I had the chalk paint on hand
Your cost: $20 for paint, $25 for a thrifted console table
Time involved: A day

I decided to move my existing end tables in favor of something more functional – a console table that has lived many lives in my home.

console cabinet-Before with text

With a new finish and painted door hardware, the console table is a much better scale for the room, and it has hidden storage! Sometimes what you have in a room isn’t working. Be open to moving things around your home to get the best fit and function.  Do you spy the puppy in the corner? #Titophotobomb

console cabinet - final

console cabinet - hardware painting

The other end table I replaced with a ceramic garden stool that’s been floating around my house looking for a permanent home. It is red, but I decided not to change it – I like that it’s a little unexpected and not so matchy-match.

eclectic modern- garden stool

SHOP YOUR HOME FOR ACCENTS

My cost: $0
Your cost: $0
Time involved: As long as you’d like

Chances are you have some very eclectic things in your collection of all-the-things. Sometimes just moving a knick-knack a new location in your home can update the look of your room – for absolutely nothing!

Somehow a project that is met with all kinds of resistance and mayhem is that more satisfying when it’s completed. Such is the case with this $100 Eclectic Modern Living Room Make-over. It’s taken 10-years and many almost-make-overs to make this living room one I love – Now I never want to leave!

Ready to see that before and after one more time? Me too!

Eclectic Modern - Before and After Collage

For a week by week recap, check out these links!

1-The Plan | Week 2 | Week 3Week 4| Reveal

Again, huge thanks to Erin of lemonslavendarandlaundry.com for creating this challenge and including all of us participants. That’s a wrap, January!

*This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase through a link, I receive a small commission at no expense to you. Thanks for supporting KnockitOff Kim!

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Be sure to check out all of the other participants for January for budget make-0ver ideas for every room in your home!

 

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