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Tray Chic

Simple drawer pulls become fancy feet for a plain wooden tray and make it worthy of special occasions. Prime and paint tray. If knobs' screws aren't long enough to go through the bottom of your tray, replace them with longer ones.


  •  fabric, paper, or a woven place mat
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch-thick glass


  1. Step 1


    Drill a hole about 1/2 inch from each corner. Attach knobs.

  2. Step 2


    Cut fabric, paper, or a woven place mat to size to line the tray and conceal screw heads. If you like, cover liner with 1/4-inch-thick glass (have it cut to size at a glass shop) to keep it clean.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2004

Reviews (13)

  • Baybuyer 27 Dec, 2010

    I had Antique Embroidery pieces done by our Great-Grandmother, so I laid them out below glass, had a framer do it, on trays so each family member had an heirloom tray. Used wide pulls so easy to carry. My family loves them. Great way to preserve things that you don't really have a use for.

  • rock63roll64 17 Nov, 2010


  • quintrlanfruns 25 May, 2009

    I like very much the idea wonderfull

  • WIRTHIT 24 May, 2009

    Great idea with placemat. I can change it for the season or occasion

  • venusspecimen 23 May, 2009

    i love this idea! i'm going to put oilcloth inside mine so its pretty but wipe clean. thank you.

  • Mitie 22 May, 2009

    A great idea!
    tks a lot

  • Jokin 22 May, 2009

    Another Great Idea! I Love it!

  • phxgal 22 May, 2009

    Can't wait to make this and maybe a few for gifts. Great idea.

  • sbailoor 22 May, 2009

    I LOOOVE this..can see may possiblities-personalize the bottom, distress the surface, stamp the outside, etc!!

  • jackie_d302 22 May, 2009

    At first I thought too fancy for our house...then realized it was knobs!!! Great idea you could do all sorts of things with this!

  • MeMePluto 22 May, 2009

    This is going to be a keeper for sure! I see many gifts out of this project!

  • Danijoy 15 Aug, 2008

    I really love it!

  • cmspencer 8 May, 2008

    Great idea!