Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cabinet Door Decorative Tray

I have been meaning to make a decorative tray out of a cabinet door for quite some time now. And {yay} I finally have! Super special thanks to my Mr. for indulging me one day and taking me to our Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I randomly mentioned it on several occasions, brought it up in conversations, and down right begged to go! Ok, I didn't really have to beg per say. But my inside voice made it seem that way. Lucky for me...he asked me what I wanted to do with our weekend. To the ReStore we went. I think he even enjoyed it. I found cabinet doors and hardware and bi-fold shutter-esque closet doors. Love.

So from one of the many cabinet doors we purchased that fine Saturday this is what I created:


Good ol' cabinet door...just so happens to match my kitchen cabinetry. =)

 Gently sanded with fine grit and ready for some Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Water Base Primer

Once the primer was dry I painted it with two coats of blue that I created using Ace Hardware's Noble Blue as the base and adding Ace Hardware's Basalt and Brown Oxide Craft Paint. I was hoping to deepen it but since I'm not an experienced paint mixer, I took what I got.

Dried paint. Sanded with medium and fine grit sandpaper using my palm sander. I made sure to distress the center, edges and where the cabinet is beveled.

Sanding it exposed both the cabinet's true color and the white of the primer. I used Walnut Distress Ink to distress and age the sanded areas. I also ran it along the inside center to create a natural aged look.

I added two handles that I picked up at the ReStore for $.50 each. I dry brushed some of the brown craft paint on them. Needed a more vintage feel.

(yep, I like)


Hope you like it too!

Total cost: $3
Cabinet door: $2
Had everything else!

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Have a great day!


  1. That is a great idea! So simple and yet so fabulous.
    Thanks, Buffie

  2. Thank you Buffie! I am so excited for it to bring some color into my great room. FUN!

  3. love it! that turned out beautifully! thanks for sharing this at my party.

  4. Very cute! Don't ya just love all the possibilities cabinet doors have! I just redid one too into a chalkboard and love it!

  5. @Tammy~Thank you!
    @Heather~ I love all the possibilities! I posted today about a sign I made from a cabinet door. So wishing now that I would have gotten more of that style door! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Another great piece! Love the blue color. Thanks again for sharing all your great projects. I have to remember you don't spell your name with an E at the end lol. Sorry.

  7. Makes me wish i would have kept the cabinet doors that I put in the trash a year ago. What was I thinking?

  8. @Terry...:( Find a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. =) Thanks for stopping by!!

  9. Looks great! I love the Habitat ReSale store. I have found some really great things there and their prices are usually great.

  10. What a great idea! And nice touch with the door handles!

  11. @Melissa! Thank you! I am really enjoying the lil bit of color it has added to my matchy matchy neutral toned great room. ;)

  12. i would never have guessed that this used to be a door! you did a great job and just goes to tell you anything can be repurposed!

  13. We just finished remodeling our kitchen that my dad built in 1974. I agonized over it because it's the family home. However, it had to be done and I saved the cabinet doors and I was looking for ideas about how to make something for my siblings. I think this is it!

  14. Fabulous project! Stunning handles for .$50 each- oh my... what a score!
    Visiting from the Sundae Scoop! Stop by and see my project at http://cookscleansplayswithpaper.blogspot.com/2011/03/crepe-paper-medallions-part-1-vintage.html

  15. Hi Rachel! Thanks for poppin' in on my lil project. I will head over and look at your project. =)

  16. @katzber~Thank you for stopping by and seeing my cabinet door turned decorative tray. It was super easy to make. Besides this tray, I have made a chalkboard and a Home sign with cabinet doors. I have two others in the works right now. One for hanging coats on and then the other will have a saying on it. If you haven't already...look through my blog for the Word of the Day Chalkboard and my Cabinet Door HOME sign. Have so much fun with whatever you decide to do! What a great sentiment. I am sure what ever you come up with will be treasured. ;)

  17. @Jill...thank you thank you thank you! I really like how it turned out. Right now it is atop my California Olive desk (redo) holding candles on candles stands. BUT~it can be used for some many other things. Thank you for checking it out.

  18. This is beautiful! You really did a fantastic job on it.

  19. @Lindy~Thank you! I am excited to get a couple more doors and experiment with color. =) Thanks so much for stopping by!

  20. This is great also. Where do you get all of the cabinet doors. I want to make one of these!

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