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I like to use a variety of baskets to carry dinnerware, and I often enlist them into active duty at a buffet.
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There's no reason relegate vintage crates to museum status. I'm all for putting them into service as food and drink trays.
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If you're looking for ways to create unique serving trays from everyday items, look no further than a cutting board. With the addition of interesting drawer pulls on either side, that dowdy old board becomes a lovely tray.
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Craft a tray from an old window by affixing your favorite fabric or wallpaper on the backside of the glass, then, give the frame a good sanding before applying a coat or two of gloss paint. Add drawer pulls to each end to finish the serving tray.
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Now, I know what to do with my collection of wine corks. I can glue those babies onto a reclaimed tray from the thrift store to create a conversation piece for my next soiree. There must be several dozen on Etsy for sale right now.
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No need to consult the spirits. Instead, add handles to a game board and load the new tray with spirits! The board may need some support. A 1/4" sheet of MDF will add sufficient strength to the backside of the board.
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Every time I stop in at thrift stores, I find some rather dowdy trays waiting to be transformed into things of beauty. It only takes a small remnant fabric piece, some glue, sealer and a coat of paint to give that ugly ducking new life.
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And, when that tray is no longer in use, give it a coat of blackboard paint and write a welcome message to guests. It dresses up a wall beautifully!