INSIDE: How to use cheap tray for easy, fast frame for old photograph. How to add DIY color accent on vintage black and white photo.

How to turn a small serving tray into DIY frame for vintage photograph.

Do you have a soft spot for discount home decor stores? I certainly do. [Un]fortunately, there just happens to be such a store conveniently located within minutes from my daughter’s elementary school.

And, yes, I stop there frequently. Most times, I’m faced with the ‘hard choice’ of cruising the aisles of this home goods store or waiting in the chaotic school parking lot for school to let out. Can you guess which choice often wins?!

I often justify my wasting time in this store by heading to the clearance sections first. And it was in this area that I found a pink mirrored tray heavily marked down to $4.99. I snatched it up. I had no creative vision in mind but c’mon, it’s a bargain at $5!
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How to Make Frame for Photograph from $5 Tray

There was something about this mirrored tray that spoke to me. Apart from telling me it was a better investment that a calorie-induced, fancy cup of $5 coffee!

It would make for an unconventional photo frame for a vintage black-and-white photograph.

– Tray
– Photograph (I purchased a vintage black-and-white photograph online)
Paint + brush
– Detail paint brush

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How to Make Easy Photo Frame from Cheap Serving Tray

As much as I liked the pink color the tray was originally, it really didn’t mesh with the colors in my home.

So did what any DIY-er does; I painted it. (Yes, I know coral is kinda related to pink!)

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I located a really cool vintage photograph online, purchased it and then had it enlarged locally at a photo services center. (Source: Dreamstime)

how to add color to black and white photograph

What’s a little DIY action if you don’t get creative? I decided to add my own color spot technique to this vintage photograph. Since I had the paint out and all.

Using a fine detail paint brush, I slowly started to add some coral paint to the bathing suit.

A little tedious (and some strongly worded ‘don’t bump me’ to the kids) but I loved how it turned out.

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I trimmed the photograph to fit within the tray. I was able to slip the photo under the wooden frame without needing additional adhesive.

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