Quick and Easy Flea Market Flip: DIY Picture Frame Serving Tray

Today I am stopping by to show you how to create a cute cottage style serving tray out of an old picture frame. I’ve had this picture frame hanging on the wall for years and grew tired of the picture inside. My Grandfather gave it to me before he passed and I didn’t want to donate it to my local thrift shop.
After thinking about it awhile I decided to paint the frame my new favorite color aqua blue and distress it a bit. I inserted a fun red and white polka dot fabric (which will also be used to make curtain valances and pillows for my breakfast room) and VOILA…

A Cute Cottage Style Picture Frame Serving Tray!

I made this tray for display purposes only. I think it looks great as a centerpiece on my kitchen table. I love the fun polka dotted fabric!
DIY Picture Frame Serving Tray
It makes a great base  for a myriad of vignettes that are easily changed on a whim.
Flea Market Flip: DIY Picture Frame Serving Tray

Make Your Own Picture Frame Serving Tray

To make your own picture frame serving tray you will need:

  • Old Picture Frame with glass
  • Paint
  • Pretty Fabric or Decorative Paper


  • Thin MDF board cute to size of the frame
  • Very Small Nails
  • Cabinet Drawer Handles
  • Wood Glue

Open the back of the frame. Remove glass. Paint your frame and let dry. Cut your fabric or paper to size. Insert it into your frame reinstall the back.

If you are using strictly for display purposes you can stop there. If you want to actually carry it around and use it for serving, attach the MDF board to the bottom with wood glue and nails. Add a decorative handle on each end and you will have a decorative and functional serving tray.

Flea Market Flip: DIY Picture Frame Serving Tray

This flea market flip is so easy and customizable to fit your own decor style.

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24 Responses

  1. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)

    Way too cute. This is just gorgeous and the curtains will look fabulous. Hugs, Marty

  2. Cass @ That Old House

    It's not just pretty on your table, it's very practical too. Good work! And love the re-done table, too… very sweet.

  3. Monica@The White Bench

    I found you through Cindy's blog. This is SUPER cute!! And great color combo too!
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  4. Secret Garden Cottage

    What a sweet space! Love the combination of colors!
    Have a great weekend!
    ~Jo 🙂

  5. Jamielyn

    awesome makeover! I LOOOVEE those colors! I'd love for you to link this up! iheartnaptime.blogspot.com

  6. Jenglamgirl

    SO SO DARLING! love your table the bench and the colors. Your project is just darling. Coming over from BNOTP. I would LOVE LOVE love you to link this to my craft party going on now~ CraftOManiac.blogspot.com Have a super night. Jen

  7. Thoughtfully blended hearts

    So wonderful…I've always loved these colors together and you have made them divine!!!

  8. Donna

    Oh, I just love your aqua! Your frame turned tray is such a great idea! I adore your table and chairs! Great color! Saw you over at Metamorphosis Monday 🙂

  9. Caroline

    I love the color scheme Lisa. I was going to get rid of my red and white enamel ware collection but now that I am seeing more of that aqua and blue combo the more I like it. I may use those colors in my laundry room. Now I just need the red polka dot fabric.Thanks for stopping by.

  10. xinex

    It's adorable and perfect for that table!…Christine

  11. Cottage Flair

    Great redo!! Love the color combination!!

  12. Kristi

    CUTE! I love dots and I love aqua and red together. I think I might have to copy this one!

    ~ The Speckled Dog (giveaway going on until 9/2)

  13. Atticmag

    The aqua looks very fresh and happy and the tray works well in that spot.

    Good news! We're staring a Friday Giveaway link up party (and we'll announce an amazing giveaway). Please join us at http://www.atticmag.com

  14. C. Dianne Zweig

    Lisa, I love your blog…I am going to add it to my blog roll at Kitsch n Stuff. Hope you can add me? I will do some buzz about you on my blog.

    thanks for sending me your blog.

    i am still looking for suggestions for the top ten sewing/vintage blogs and also the top ten Nostalgia blogs.
    please send suggestions to dianne@cdiannezweig.com

    kitsch n Stuff

  15. claudie

    Dear Lisa
    I've been checking all your wonderful make-overs. OMG. We are kindred spirits for sure. My kitchen table was yucky brown. it's been a pretty blue like your chairs, with a pink table. I want you to see it. It's in my archives somewhere on my blog, but I would love to send you some pics of it. I tell you it's the same!! I think we distress the same too ; )
    Love all your projects. My blog is mostly about family, trips and fur babies. I think it's time to go back to my skills… spray painting show and tell lol
    Nice to meet you
    Oh BTW… I visited N.C. in March. Met some great blogging friends. You have a beautiful State.
    Love Claudie from Canada

  16. T's Daily Treasures

    Absolutely adorable. Love the combination of aqua with the red. Great little transformation. Best wishes, Tammy

  17. Judi

    What a sweet sweet tray. I'm loving those polka dots and love read too.
    Cute…thank you for sharing.

  18. Confessions of a Plate Addict

    How cute! What a smart way to use a picture frame! I hope you are having a great week!…hugs…Debbie

  19. Linda@Coastal Charm

    Love the combo of the red and aqua!!! Looks really cute on your new table.


  20. French-Kissed

    Thanks for stopping by FK. I love discovering new sites like yours. The new blue on your chairs and accessories is fresh and delightful.


  21. Happy Mama

    I love this idea! I found an old frame at Goodwill today that I'm going to use to make a tray for my table. Yours is really cute!

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