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.
Transform traditional doilies with a dip in dye. The color makes their lacy patterns look fresh and modern. Use them the familiar way, to line plates of sweets, or turn them into gift wrap -- Granny would approve.