Make a Tray from a Cabinet Door | Pretty Handy Girl

One of my favorite places to thrift shop is the Habitat ReStore. I mean, where else can you find cool $2 cabinet doors?

Make a Tray from a Cabinet Door | Pretty Handy Girl

This fine cast off door is just screaming to be upcycled into a beautiful tray. Especially when the same thrifting adventure yielded VERY COOL door hardware! Simply combine the two and you have yourself a unique serving tray to give as a gift (or keep for yourself.)

Make a Tray from a Cabinet Door | Pretty Handy Girl

Materials:

  • Cabinet door
  • Door handle or cabinet handle
  • Wood putty
  • Putty knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Screwdriver bit
  • Rubber bumpers

Optional: Rub n’ Buff Gold Leaf

The steps are super simple.

Step 1. Fill in any holes from previous hardware with wood putty.

Make a Tray from a Cabinet Door | Pretty Handy Girl

Step 2. Paint over putty if necessary.

Step 3. Measure the center of your tray sides. Mark the location of the door hardware holes.

Make a Tray from a Cabinet Door | Pretty Handy Girl

Step 4: Drill holes to accomodate the width of the door pull screws.

Make a Tray from a Cabinet Door | Pretty Handy Girl

Step 5. Insert door pull into the tray.

Make a Tray from a Cabinet Door | Pretty Handy Girl

Step 6. Attach screws through the bottom. Add bumpers to protect your table top. (Alternatively you can countersink the screw heads.)

Make a Tray from a Cabinet Door | Pretty Handy Girl

Step 7. Optional. Add a little Rub n’ Buff to the handle to shine it up.

Make a Tray from a Cabinet Door | Pretty Handy Girl

That’s it! Your tray is complete.

Make a Tray from a Cabinet Door | Pretty Handy Girl

Time to load it up with desserts for your next holiday party.

Make a Tray from a Cabinet Door | Pretty Handy Girl

Make a Tray from a Cabinet Door | Pretty Handy Girl

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7 replies
  1. Holly
    Holly says:

    Thanks for making this lovely blog! I stumbled across it as I was looking for ideas to make my best friend a new mailbox after I saw hers is falling apart. I am excited to get started on the house mailbox using the very well done photos, drawing and descriptions. Thanks so much.

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  2. Shelley
    Shelley says:

    Wanted to say hi, Brittany. Just started following your blog. You have a fun blog filled with interesting makes. The cab door tray is a great idea. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    A number of years ago, I bought a load of old cabinet doors from thrifts and yard sales. I remade them as trays and gave them to everyone for Xmas. The style of the door determined who got which one. They were a huge hit – everyone loved their tray. Now I’m thinking. . . who would love a tray this Xmas?

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