Salvaged cupboard door = DIY serving tray

Finished cupboard drawer serving tray, photo

I noticed this stash of cupboard doors at my local salvage yard. The white one was the perfect size to make a serving tray. The old drawer pulls — also found at the salvage yard — made ideal handles. Their swirly shape gave me the inspiration for the pattern I painted. All it took was a little black paint. As with many of my projects, the possibilities are limitless: change the handles, add découpage or fabric, paint it a different color, or just leave it classic white. UPDATE: Next time I do this project, I’m tempted to try a Sharpie paint pen instead. It sounds like it will be faster and easier. (This post contains affiliate links. If you use these links to buy something, I may earn a small commission. You can read my full disclosure here.)

Cupboard doors at a salvage yard, photo

How to make a serving tray out of a salvaged cupboard door

  • pencil and hi-polymer (white) eraser

  • drill and drill bit
  • screwdriver

  • small paintbrushes

  • ruler

  • painter’s palette or paper plate (I used a palette pad)

Spray paint the drawer pulls, photo

1. Spray-paint your drawer pulls — top and bottom — if desired. Follow the directions on the can.

Draw the design onto the cupboard door, photo

2. Draw your pattern with pencil. (Many of you talented artists could probably skip this step, grab your paintbrush, and go for it. I’m not one of you, so I had to sketch it first.)

Pattern for cupboard door tray painted design, photo

UPDATE: You asked for the pattern, so you got it. Download it here. Just enlarge or shrink the pattern to the size you need and print it. Then place carbon paper underneath the pattern (or rub a thick layer of pencil lead over the back of the design) and trace it onto your tray.

Painting partly done, photo

3. Start painting over the lines. Work top to bottom, left to right (if you’re right-handed), so you don’t smear the paint. Apply thickly so you will only need one coat. Let dry for several hours. Erase any stray pencil marks when dry.

Fill the holes, photo

4. Using wood filler, fill the holes where the hinges attached on the back. Let dry. Sand smooth with a piece of sandpaper. Wipe off the sanding dust.

Touch up with white paint, photo

5. Touch up with a few coats of white paint.

Felt pads stuc on each corner, photo

6. Attach felt pads on the bottom at each corner.

Measure for drawr-pull mounting holes, photo

7. Measure, mark, and drill the holes for your handles. The left ones were pre-drilled on mine, so I matched the placement on the right.

Finished cupboard door serving tray, photo

8. Screw on the handles. Optional: The paint is water resistant when it’s dry, but to add extra protection to the surface, apply a coat of clear lacquer spray paint.

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Stephanie's painted serving tray, photo
Stephanie's tray before she painted it, photo

Stephanie at My Creative Attempts painted this serving tray as a birthday present for her sister-in-law, Jami. It’s a huge improvement over the original tray she found at a thrift store. I love her simplified design.

Jennifer's painted cupboard door, photo
Jennifer's painted cupboard door on the wall, photo

Jennifer Fancher at Noting Grace found this cabinet door at a garage sale for 50 cents. She spray painted the edges black, painted over it with white, then scraped away some of the paint. She drew the design with a black marker, which is a genius idea. And instead of making it a tray, she hung it on the wall. Jennifer did such a beautiful job that we’ll overlook her grammatical mistake.

Cupboard door serving tray by Aleka Craft, photo

Aleka Craft sent me this photo through Facebook. She wrote, “You’ve inspired me. Thanks a lot!” I love her version, especially the decorative wood trim.