From Frame to Tray

If you read my blog you know it’s been a rough week. There’s still so much we need to do to get our daughter back to where she needs to be. Thank you for your prayers and support for our family during this time. It’s been felt by us and greatly appreciated.

I’ve discovered that I can’t just sit around being sad and feeling sorry for our situation. Working on a small project or being creative is just the outlet I need to relieve some of this stress. So yesterday I decided to make a tray for our front porch. I started with a 11″x14″  frame I spray painted Watermelon by Krylon. I love this color (and it makes me happy). It’s the same color I used for the little lamp on my desk.

I found the center of the 11″ sides of the frame and measured to drill the holes for the handles. The handles are 3″ so I just marked the spots with a sharpie and drilled throught the frame. I had a block of wood under the frame incase I drilled all the way through (which I did). Actually it’s best to drill all the way through, so just have a block of wood under your project.

Then I just screwed  the handles onto the frame the same as I would a cabinet door. I bought the handles at Wal-Mart for about $2.50. It’s the only purchase I had to make for this project.

I’ve had this fabric for about a year. I loved it and knew I would eventually use it some where and it was perfect for this project. It’sSwell by Urban Chicks for Moda. I simply sandwiched the fabric between the glass and the back of the frame then put it back together. It’s easy to change the fabric if I grow tired of it too.

Now we can have something to drink on our front porch without having to worry about the drinks spilling because the table is a little uneven.

This is what the kids were doing in the window right above the table as I was taking pictures. Hmmm!

The colors on the porch are green and yellow but I love this splash of bright pink. Obviously I’ve added pink flowers too. I have one more thing to make for the porch then I can show the whole thing. The weather still hasn’t been great here but I’m hoping we’ll be spending more evenings on the porch very soon.

Have a Beautiful Weekend!
Thank you again for all your kinds words and prayers and for taking the time to think of our family.

I’m linking to these awesome blog parties:
Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes
Making Monday Marvelous at C.R.A.F.T.
Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple
Show Me How at It’s A Blog Party
Made By You Monday at Skip to my Lou
Craft Link Party at Polly Want a Crafter
Get Your Craft On at Today’s Creative Blog
Tutorial Tuesday at Hope Studios
Power of Paint Party at Domestically Speaking
Hoo’s Got Talent at Night Owl Crafting
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Friday Flair at Whipperberry
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
LTC Link Party at Lemon Tree Creations
Before and After Party at Thrifty Decor Chick

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{ 22 comments… add one }
  • l.lane designs June 17, 2011, 9:08 am

    Super cute! I wish that I had a porch to have drinks on… or that it was a million degrees and we could actually sit outside and enjoy it! 🙂 And glad to hear that things are on the mend!!!

  • Crystal June 17, 2011, 4:23 pm

    Now that is very creative and super cute. Love the colors as well!! 🙂


  • Sharon Russell June 18, 2011, 4:37 am

    Very pretty! love the pretty pink! Glad you took some time to take care of you! Thoughts and prayers continue…just breathe! Blessings, Sharon

  • Megan June 20, 2011, 7:06 am

    I love the color. It’s so vibrant! Great idea!

  • Doug @ It's a Blog Party June 20, 2011, 9:22 am

    I always love your projects! Thanks for sharing.
    Doug @ It’s a Blog Party recently posted..Show-Me-How 62011 Homemade Soaps

  • Ginger Snaps June 21, 2011, 5:36 am

    Turned out so nice. 🙂 Following you from MMM. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link up party going on over on my blog right now. The most viewed link will win a set of fancy rectangle chalkboard labels. This week I’m co-hosting with Reasons to Skip the Housework…so links will show up on both blogs! How fun!


  • Heather (DSSP) June 21, 2011, 7:46 am

    I love it! The colors are so perfect for summer and serving lemonade. So fun!
    Heather (DSSP) recently posted..Sweet Tea Lemon Drop Martini

  • Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims June 21, 2011, 6:18 pm

    Adorable! I would love to be served some of that lemonade off that cute tray!!

    I’d love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday!

  • Heather R. June 23, 2011, 7:14 am

    This is a really cute idea. May have to give this one a try myself. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Modern Wivelyhood June 23, 2011, 2:50 pm

    I love this idea, I love how well pink and green go together, and I love the handles! Thanks for sharing, visiting from Hoo’s Got Talent.

  • zhing June 24, 2011, 1:28 am

    how adorable!! 🙂 what a great idea for summer!! xx

  • sevensisters♥ June 24, 2011, 6:48 am

    beautiful! love the colors…pinned this 🙂

  • Jana @1005 Design June 24, 2011, 7:39 am

    This is very cute! We did something similar on our blog. The only difference is that the person making it didn’t use the hardware so she could tuck it away easier. I think this is such an adorable unique idea! I hope everything is getting better for you!
    Jana @1005 Design recently posted..What is your kitchen style

  • I love this project! I featured it on my Friday Favorites this week. Come on over and check it out 🙂

  • Katie June 24, 2011, 11:35 am

    This looks lovely!


  • Mimi June 24, 2011, 3:58 pm

    Gorgeous! I love the luscious pink and the fabric is so lovely and summery! Love Moda fabrics but hard to find around my town.
    Had to chuckle at the picture of your kids – adorable!

  • Sue July 2, 2011, 6:49 am

    Very cute; I may have to make one!

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  • Kathy F. July 2, 2011, 8:25 am

    Came over from Funky Junk. Love your tray! Sending best wishes to you and your family.

  • chris zima July 2, 2011, 9:09 am

    That is the cutest summer lemonade table ever 🙂

  • Patrice July 7, 2011, 9:21 am

    Turning frames into trays is one of my favorite crafty projects! I love how fresh this is. Thanks for linking up to Lemon Tree Creations today!

  • Madigan at madiganmade July 13, 2011, 7:52 pm

    Love that color pink! It looks great with that fabric. So fun! (and I love the staging with the stripy straws – too cute!)

  • Sherri November 4, 2014, 2:17 pm

    I love this idea!! Been looking for trays and they all have the high sides to them which I don’t want. Thanks for this idea.

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