Yard Sale Find Repurposed: Frame

HGTV Magazine shows how to transform a frame into a stylish tray.
RX-HGMAG003_Yard-Sale-121-a-b_s4x3

RX-HGMAG003_Yard-Sale-121-a-b_s4x3

Photo by: Lara Robby/Studio D

Lara Robby/Studio D

By: Ellen Goldberg

Materials Needed:

  • paintbrush
  • satin latex paint
  • medium-thickness cardboard
  • wrapping paper
  • spray mount
  • 2 drawer or door handles with screws
  • screwdriver

Paint the Frame

Remove the frame's backing (if it has one) and any glass, which won't be strong enough for the tray. Paint the frame; let dry. We used Peppery by Sherwin-Williams. If your frame has rough spots, use a fine-grit sanding sponge to smooth them out first.

Build the Base

If your frame doesn't have glass, get a 3/8-inch-thick piece of glass cut to fit. Cut the cardboard and wrapping paper to the same size as the glass. We used Arboreal Villa Goldenrod paper, $4 per sheet, etsy.com. If you are worried about the paper shifting, adhere it to the cardboard with spray mount. Place the glass in the frame, then insert the cardboard-backed wrapping paper behind it. If your frame had a backing, put it back on; if not, create one by cutting a piece of mat board to the size of your frame. Adhere it to the back with hot glue or a heavy-duty craft glue like Magna-Tac. Let dry.

Add the Handles

Flip the frame right-side up. Center the handles (we used Stanley's galvanized storm and screen door pulls, $2 each, hardwareandtools.com) on the shorter sides of the frame. Screw into place, using a drill to make holes for the screws if necessary.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Yard Sale Find Repurposed: Lamp

HGTV Magazine gives the step-by-step DIY guide to giving an old lamp a complete makeover.

Yard Sale Furniture Repurposed: Dresser

HGTV Magazine gives tips for jazzing up an old, worn-out dresser.

Yard Sale Furniture Repurposed: Coat Rack

HGTV Magazine gives the simple how-tos of transforming an outdated coat rack into a stylish entryway piece.

Yard Sale Furniture Repurposed: Filing Cabinet

HGTV Magazine gives the simple how-tos of transforming a dingy filing cabinet into a chic office organizer.

Yard Sale Furniture Repurposed: Bookcase

HGTV Magazine gives the simple how-tos of transforming a bookcase into a cheery bathroom storage piece.

Dimensional Collage Frame

Pick out images from magazines to create this dimensional collage frame.

Ornamental Shadow-Box Display

Designer Donna Moss shows how to get lasting enjoyment out of personal mementos, keepsakes or other decorative items by creating a distinctive shadow-box wall hanging.

Mother's Day Kids' Craft: Fingerprint Frames

The kids will have a great time making these one-of-a-kind keepsake frames that Mom will love, especially when a favorite photo is included.

How to Make an Ornate Framed Chalkboard

Elegant meets humble when a sophisticated gilt frame surrounds an inexpensive DIY chalkboard. Place it in the dining room with a thoughtful greeting for holiday guests, or use it to announce the dinner menu or evening's festivities.

Empty Picture-Frame Wall Grouping

Who needs art? Make a bold statement with empty, colorful picture frames.

On TV

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.