Turn an Old Cabinet Door in to a Fabulous Serving Tray!

As you can tell from this video - I like my husband.  :)  And WE LOVE JUNKING. Thrifting. Whatever we're calling it these days.  Nothing makes us happier than spending a weekend together discovering old treasures and turning them in to something new.  Except having bacon and then going junking.  Or having bacon WHILE junking. That might make us happier.

Having a Cricut Explore in our lives has made this even MORE fun (and about 10,000 times easier) so today I wanted to share one of our most recent projects with you.  We bought the cabinet door for $6 and the cabinet handles for $1 each at our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore (top photo). If you have one near you and love DIY get yourself over there right now!

What tickles me is in the video I talk about working on projects while we are watching TV together.  That is EXACTLY how this project came to be!  We bought the cabinets and I knew I wanted to make a serving tray but I had no idea what I wanted to put on it.  So I sat with my ipad on the couch and picked out the phrase and the font and the sizing and such while we were watching a movie together.  I LOVE that.

Tray triptich with text

Materials:
Cricut Explore One Machine (it's new! More about that in a sec)
Cricut Design Space software
Cricut 12x24 Standard Grip mat
Cricut Tools Basic Set
Cricut Linen Vinyl
Cricut Transfer Tape
Cabinet door
Wood putty and putty knife
Sandpaper
Screwdriver
Drill and drill bit
Spray paint - we used Valspar Gloss Exotic Sea
Two drawer pulls/handles
Clear varnish and brush (optional)

Instructions:
Remove handle from cabinet door with screwdriver and fill holes with wood putty.  Allow to dry, then use sandpaper to smooth.  

Spray paint all sides of the cabinet with spray paint.  Allow to dry. (Excuse me while I weep...this is the house we just left in Washington State.  This was our side yard. Heaven I tell you!)

Drill holes on the short sides of the door and attach drawer pulls/handles.

Head on over to Cricut Design Space and select Upcycled Serving Tray. Measure the "inside" (flat) portion of the cabinet door. The image in Design Space is 11.5" x 23.5" - so if your flat surface is smaller select the Customize button to resize before cutting, otherwise select the Make It Now button.

Follow the instructions in Design Space to cut the phrase from the vinyl on your 12x24 mat.  Remember to set your SmartSet Dial to vinyl!

Use the weeder from the Tools Set to weed the negative space - leaving only the bon appetit phrase.

Cut a piece of transfer tape that is a little bit bigger than the phrase.  Peel off the gridded side (paper) and place the sticky side of the tape on top of the phrase, using the scraper from the Tools Set to smooth.

Peel the entire tape/phrase from the vinyl backing.  If vinyl is not sticking to the tape use the scraper to burnish until vinyl comes away from backing easily.
Place tape/vinyl on top of cabinet door and center the phrase on the flat surface. 

Use scraper to smooth transfer tape and help the vinyl attach to the door.  Slowly peel away the transfer tape. Note - I kept the entire phrase together to place it on the tray, but once I'd peeled away the transfer tape from the "bon" I cut it off.  

Apply clear varnish to the entire surface if you'd like to make the tray water resistant.

And voila!  You've got a tray that is ready for your next party - and would be SO CUTE customized with a last name for a housewarming or bridal shower gift! We also saw this fun idea at one of our local stores - LOVE the silverware as handles idea!

And...since I've talked about Don every day this week and Bizzy Bee was in the video on Monday I might as well throw this in here too! Pretty glamorous photo shoot - no?

If you are a beginning crafter or DIYer - I think this project would be right up your alley. Not super complicated, a great end result, and lots of fun to create!  On today's video I shared my #1 tip for new crafters (never do what you're told!) - and we want to hear YOUR #1 tip too!  Share it with us on Cricut's Facebook entry form and one lucky winner will receive a Cricut Explore Air! Ummm...AWESOME!!!! For more information on the contest you can head to Cricut's Facebook Page or click HERE for the official rules.  Please note - you DO have to be a US resident to enter. Have I mentioned that every time you enter a #cricuteverywhere contest you are automatically entered to win a $10,000 dream vacation??  Oh yes you are!  GET YOURSELVES ENTERED MY FRIENDS!!!!

ok - last thing.  :) For this project (actually - for all of my projects this week!) I used the BRAND NEW Cricut Explore One - and I TOTALLY dig it.  What is it you ask? How is it different from the other machines in the Explore family? My fabulous friend Amber of Damask Love explained it all BEAUTIFULLY (and she is funny as all get out) last week during her #cricuteverywhere campaign so I'm just going to send you on over to her blog post.  Really great, great reading for anyone curious about the machine!

Tomorrow I'll be back with another tutorial and ANOTHER pretty stinkin' awesome prize to share - Happy Wednesday gang!