DIY Picture Frame Tray

Materials and Tools

  • Empty rectangular picture frame
  • Trisodium phosphate (TSP)
  • Plywood
  • Embossed wallpaper (we used Anaglypta)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Nails
  • 1 L paint and paintbrush
  • Clear matte Varathane
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • 2 drawer pulls
  • Screwdriver

What it Cost

Frame $10
Wallpaper $15
Wood (for bottom) $2
Paint $20
Varathane $5
Handles $12

Note: Costs are estimated as accurately as possible. For several projects, we used paint and wallpaper leftovers. Your materials for these projects may cost less (if left over or found at garage sales) or more (if you’re buying a new roll of wallpaper or a more expensive piece of furniture to refinish).

Step 1: Prepare base

If needed, wash your frame with TSP. Measure the picture frame opening at the back, and cut a piece of plywood to this size to create a base for your tray. Cut a piece of wallpaper to this same size. Using spray adhesive, glue the wallpaper to the base.

Step 2: Attach base and finish tray

Hold the base in place at the back of the frame and nail the base onto the frame to create a tray. Paint entire tray with two coats of paint, allowing to dry and sanding the wood between each coat. Apply two coats of clear matte Varathane to protect the tray and make it wipeable. Screw a drawer pull into place at either end to use as handles for your tray.

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