Tuesday, April 12, 2011

41 Tray Bien {part 2}

Last weekend I was puruising through my local Goodwill looking for hidden goodies, and I stumbled across a picture frame that had great character {and it was only $2!!}


You can probably guess from the backdrop, that it was about to get a coat of paint!


I originally planned to place a photo of my precious little heroes inside, but then a new idea struck me...

Now we all may have our own bag of secrets, but there is definitely one secret that I have not hid, and that's my love for white vases and trays.  And I absolutely do not have enough trays.  So why not create a little tray to corral my bathroom goodies instead?  Great plan!

I just popped the frame stand off of the back...



Stuck a pretty piece of decorative scrapbook paper inside, and it became my new bathroom tray!


I am really excited about how it turned out!  It is the perfect landing pad for my hair clips and jewelry to ensure nothing goes missing... and keeps all my daily essentials at my finger tips!



And I am seriously so smitten with the pattern and detailing around the edges!  It's just lovely!



And that's one easy peasy 10 minute organizing project that I absolutely can live with!  I love how easy it was and impactful it was at the same time!  And I also adore that I can always replace the paper with a cute picture and use it as a tray somewhere else {like my nightstand?}, or hang it on the wall with a pretty ribbon.  Such a versatile piece!


So who's with me?  Anyone purchase something with one intention and then completely change it's path once you got it home?  What else are you using frames for, besides frames?  Or what other objects are your re-purposing into a tray?  Any thrift store scores for you recently?

41 comments:

  1. So, so pretty. I'm definitely making use of this idea as I've been looking for a pretty tray to put on my dresser and haven't found ANYTHING I like.

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  2. Love how the tray turned out!! I'm gonna have to try this project. I love how putting groupings on a tray instantly makes them look less like clutter.

    What do you keep in the pretty teal bottle? I have a bottle like that from IKEA that came with a bathroom set but I'm at a loss as to what to use it for.

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  3. Hi Tiffannie!

    The blue bottle is actually my mouthwash! :) Much prettier than the packaged bottle!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  4. What a beautiful idea! I heart it! It makes me want to go out *right now* and find a frame just like it to copy it. :)

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  5. You read my mind! I was just thinking yesterday that I need a tray or box to corral the bathroom sink goodies, and this is perfect!

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  6. Great job! That looks so pretty and so nice in your bathroom. Love it. :)

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  7. Oh man! Awesome! My mom used to have so many of those old metal scrolled frames =)

    Love the mouth wash tip, never thought of that.

    And I asked in a previous post and didn't see an answer... sorry if I missed it, but where did you get your white charging station?

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  8. That came out so nice! Another thing to put on my thrift store shopping list. Thanks for the how-to, I'll be linking.

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  9. Sorry, I may have missed the charging station question - I have a couple, however, our main one which is the most substantial, is from Pottery Barn: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/bedford-smart-technology-recharge-station/?pkey=e|station|3|best|0|1|24||1&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules-_-

    One I made: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2011/01/taking-charge.html

    And one is from Target: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2010/09/got-15-no-nonsense-nightstand.html

    Thanks!

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  10. You are so lucky!!!! What a fabulous find!!!! =) I'm a little jealous! but excited about your fab new tray!

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

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  11. It is lovely. I just love the Goodwill. There are so many hidden gens. You just have to look!

    Thanks for sharing this project.

    Blessings,
    Long Wait For Isabella

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  12. Hey Jen, Love your blog and especially all of the fun white! What kind of paint/color did you, or rather do you, use for these sorts of quick projects? Thanks! jenn

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  13. Great question Jenn! My go to white spray paint is Rustoleum Painters Touch 2x Coverage in Blossom White, Matte finish! :)

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  14. First thing I thought when I saw it!! Beautiful:)

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  15. absolutely gorgeous and what a wonderful idea!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I have been looking for exactly that..a tray for the bathroom counter. This is brilliant great idea!

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  17. Love the look. I think I might have to do this in my bathroom as well. And I love the idea for your mouth wash. I might steel that idea too. I hate the big bottle the mouth wash comes in. Now I just have to find a nice bottle.

    Jen where did you get the bottle for the mouth wash?

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  18. Love the tray, I need one of those for my bath. You can see a couple of goodies I got at my local thrift store. I'm going to paint the metal basket white ! http://www.bargainfun.net/2011/03/thrift-store-shopping.html

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  19. What a fantastic idea!! It's always nice to have a place on the sink to throw the little things you use daily...I Crazy love it!!1

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  20. Score. That is PERFECT for you. I'm in need of the exact same size tray for my bathroom, I kid you not, in the exact same spot. I'm hopeful about finding one now that garage season has started.

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  21. Girl, I bought one just like this--except mine has a mirror in the middle. I plan on using is exactly as you have in the bathroom. I plan on painting the "frame" white and then using it for all my eye glasses (I have 7 pairs). Love it!

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  22. WOW! Great score & lovely re-purposing! I haven't been to the local thrift store in ages, but now I'm itching to go check it out! Can't wait to see what I can find.

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  23. That looks really good in your bathroom! I love the things you've done with scrapbook paper in frames. I especially like how you've used that in a subtle way for this tray. :)

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  24. Gorgeous! I did something similar with a tray in my bathroom.
    http://delightfullyorganized.blogspot.com/2011/01/quick-simple-bathroom-vanity-makeover.html

    I've been debating whether or not to paint the tray next. I just might do it after seeing this.

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  25. I linked up your blog on a blog crush party because I think you're so cool. Visit vintage revivals for the party.

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  26. I love it!! I want one now too :)

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  27. You are so talented, I love it! A great find and your transformation is fabulous.

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  28. Another idea is to find a larger frame and use special pain that can be used as a chalk board and then the inside becomes a chalkboard with a really cool frame. I am searching for a great frame now to use this idea. We have a 70's pinball machine and my daughters like to keep track of their high scores. I though it would look awesome!

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  29. What an amazing idea! I am going to be on the look out for a cute frame now! :)

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  30. Actually, YES! I bought a decorative star wall hanging with intentions of well, hanging it on the wall. But I had no clue WHERE. Then I got home and looked at my walls. I found the PERFECT spot but there was a wall sconce in the way. So, I took off the sconce cover, and the star fits RIGHT ON IT! It looks fantastic, and it doesn't get hot at all while the light is on! I actually have a scheduled blog post on the 21st where I talk about it.

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  31. I love this idea and your blog. Thanks for being a true inspiration.

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  32. You could also put a thin magnetic sheet behind the scrapbook paper and make a magnetic tray out of it, for hair pins, earrings and such.

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  33. where did you find the blue bottle

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  34. I've followed your blog for a while now, and this has to be one of my favorite DIYs! I included it in a blog post I did collecting tons of home decor DIY ideas :) Can't wait to try this!

    http://staceyalevine.com/2012/07/09/apartment-decor-diy-roundup/

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  35. I love this idea! Great idea for re-purposing! I have a blog called reuse & repurpose and I used your photo (i hope you don't mind) I sourced where I found it from :) Please like my blog for more ideas on how to reuse and re-purpose products! www.reuserepurpose.blogspot.com

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  36. wow! i really have been wanting a tray for my bathroom! I saw this other project (i think on on one of your link party posts) where you cover a cookie sheet with fabric! I will most definitely try both! Thanks! :)

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  37. What a great idea Jen, thanks for sharing! I can't wait to try this once my bathroom renovation is complete :) x

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