Monday, October 25, 2010

Printer's Drawer Tray and Thrifty Vignette

It's almost Tuesday and that means another week of Nifty Thrifty Tuesday hosted by Linda @ Coastal Charm.

Tuesday update:  I just found out that Jan @ Bobbypin's Boardwalk is hosting Boardwalk Bragfest again.  Another wonderful linky party.

I created a nifty, thrifty vignette on my dining room buffet that I wanted to share today.  It was created totally with thrift store finds.

Before I show the vignette pictures I want to show you the inspiration for my display. (Pottery Barn Photo)
I really liked this PB wood fruit market tray and how it was being used to showcase dishes and silverware.  But I didn't like the $114.99 price tag (and that's the sale price).

I ventured to my closet of "stuff" (the closet I can barely get into) and came out with this:
  A printer's drawer with the dividers removed (found as is). 

I thought this would make a great tray so I added some handles to both sides.

Now I was ready to fill it up with some of my thrift store finds.  Since this was going in my dining room, I used ironstone and silver to compliment my wall display in that room.

I used the platter I showed in yesterday's post and a silver pitcher.
A silver sugar bowl and creamer on top of a stack of books.
A white rooster planter (marked Japan) filled with some silver utensils.
And two ironstone bowls (one from my post yesterday) filled with acorns from my back yard tree with a silver tray behind them.
This is how it looks on my dining room buffet.
My buffet top lifts in the center and folds to both sides to extend the buffet area.  With the vignette displayed on the tray I can now easily move my entire display to access the full buffet top.  

This will be a great tray to decorate for all of the upcoming holidays.

Happy NTT!

Jane


61 comments:

  1. Well that's just gorgeous and useful and clever and superb. Did I leave any adjectives out?

    xx

    z

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  2. I love it! You did great, as usual!

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  3. Jane that is gorgeous and I love the tray you made! I like to use trays as they are easy to move and keep items together.

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  4. Hi Jane!
    I love this, it's fantastic and beautiful. Looks perfect on your buffet.
    Now I know what to do with a drawer I found that is very thin like the your printer drawer.
    The original hardware is on it too, so now all I need to do is add handles like you did.
    I'm excited and inspired. Thank you!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  5. I am in love with that. What a pretty vignette. I love that you were able to salvage the poor printer's tray.

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  6. I would choose your version over PB's anyday. It looks so cute with all your stuff. ;)

    -Danielle

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  7. I absolutely go nuts for trays. Love all the neutrals and the way you have it displayed. Following along :) Take care! Michelle

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  8. Jane, it is vintage, thrifty and autumnal. Very well done and pretty. hugs♥olive

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  9. It does make for a great tray, Jane! Good idea! I love the size of it, too. It fits really well on top of your buffet. Very pretty!

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  10. Oh my gosh Jane....that is AMAZING!!!! What a great idea and I like yours better than the PB one...I never ever would have thought to use a printers tray like this and I bet I can find one missing the dividers for cheap as everyone will think it is ruined. Love, love. love!!
    Happy day!
    xojanis

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  11. Jane, You had great foresight to use the old printer's tray the way that you did. Adding all the silver accessories, the books, and the ironstone made a really cool vignette. :-)
    ~ Sue

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  12. Very Nice Jane, I think your version is wonderful. I sure wish I had a closet with a few goodies like yours has.

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  13. Im new here and have NO idea what your going to do with the oil cans. Do Tell

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  14. You are always so creative and have the best "stuff." :)

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  15. Hi Jane,
    I love it, It looks great and is one of those pieces that you can change the decor and always have a fresh look. Love the tarnished silver, it's your trademark!
    XoXo

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  16. This is a lovely vignette, Jane, and I like it much better than the inspiration !

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  17. Jane, your vignette is hands down more beautiful than the inspiration photo. Love the idea of the painter's tray. Like you, I find it very practicle to create a centerpiece on a tray so that it can easily be moved about.
    I'm in love with that white rooster planter. ~ Sarah

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  18. Really, really nice Jane. I love printer's trays and can't say I thought of using one as a tray! Great idea! You have a real flair with decorating ideas.

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  19. Hi Jane,
    How awesome to use the great goodies that you already have and just think of all the $$$ you saved!
    Always enjoy your creative ideas.
    Warmly,
    deb :)

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  20. Nice, this is perfect for where you are using it and you've arranged it with a beautiful collection of silver and white. Pottery Barn catalogs have great styling and I always find myself lusting after the antiques that aren't for sale! Your tray is the best of both worlds.
    Susanne.

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  21. What a perfect idea to use the tray (I LOVE these trays!).

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  22. I knew you would use it in a spectacular way! Great idea.

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  23. Great idea...looks wonderful. Every time I see your silver , I love it, but when I pick up an old piece, I HAVE to polish it right away...Just can't figure that one out!!

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  24. Hi Jane...love what you have put together! Rivals any magazine display!!

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  25. yumalicious...take that Pottery Barn! :)

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  26. Jane, I love it. It looks wonderful the way you accessorized it. I love those old printer's drawers.

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  27. Jane, you are so clever, this looks so much nice then the PB one and has a lot more character!!! Wonderful idea, I love how it looks on the sideboard....trays are a passion for me and I love this one!
    Hugs,
    Margaret B

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  28. Wonderful Jane! That is great use of the printer's drawer/tray!

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  29. I like this tons better than the PB tray, and I love the vignette that you set up on it! I'm always happy when someone outsmarts the ridiculously expensive PB!

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  30. I love this, Jane, sorry PB, this is soooo much better. great idea to make it a tray by adding handles. Great post for VIF!!!
    xo,
    Debra

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  31. what a wonderful way to repurpose that tray! I love it all, especially the white pottery and silver :)

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  32. Jane,
    This is wonderful! The tray makes a great addition to your buffet!
    Dee Dee

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  33. Jane, I want to have the talent that you have! That's all there is to it. You are such a genius at vignettes! You make it seem so easy and effortless, where I struggle and move things one inch this way and two inches that way. Ah -- this is beautiful and thank you so much for sharing it on the Boardwalk Bragfest today. I love it!

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  34. This is just gorgeous. I like yours better than PB. How smart to add handles to the artist case. The items in your display come together perfectly.

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  35. Jane, what a lovely vignette you have created! Love the use of the printer drawers. Thanks for sharing and I'm looking forward to seeing more.

    Enjoy your day.
    Gail

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  36. Jane,
    This tray is soooo neat looking...love the look you have here and how great that you can just move the whole thing at the same time!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  37. Love it!! You never fail to inspire me. Thanks!

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  38. Couldn't get any more lovely than that. hugs, Lidna

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  39. Just lovely...and you're right, having your pretties on a moveable tray will be great for the holidays' entertaining! Yours is way cuter than PB. By a mile. :)

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  40. I like your tray much better than the Pottery Barn one! It has true character and the price is right!

    Kelly
    Second Hand Chicks

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  41. That's a great use for that printer's tray. I may copy it since I have ten in my basement right now. ;-)

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  42. Love the display! And I really, really like that crusty ironstone platter!
    Theresa
    aka:TOT

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  43. Oh my goodness! I love yours so much more than the Pottery Barn display. What a great idea to put handles on the printers tray. Love it!

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  44. PB who??????? You killed them!!!!!!!! Good for you!

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  45. You know Jane that I have a printers tray in the little white barn... I just couldn't get myself to fill the little spaces with more stuff to blow the dust off of! I love this idea! Thanks! Theresa xoxo

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  46. Awesome! I have a printer's drawer sitting around here waiting for a purpose. hmmmm, might have to steal yours! Love the acorns too - nice touch!

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  47. Jane - I love your tray! Very clever, and what a beautiful fall display...I love all the wood tones with the ironstone and silver!!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Kathy

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  48. And I have never been to Weston Red Barn, but have seen it online and I want to go. (I have heard they have weddings there too.) I do love all the shops in Weston's downtown and have been there several times.
    You turned that printers drawer into something very practical and wonderful for your home! And once again your creativity blows me away!

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  49. I used to have one of these, but....I have no idea where it is. sniff sniff

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  50. Really liking how this turned out. Great way to use things you already had lying around.

    Enjoy your week.

    Kathleen

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  51. Jane this is so cool. You inspire me so much! How you can see something and then just whip it up is such a talent. It looks beautiful!
    hugs to you...

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  52. Hello Jane....!

    THANK YOU so much for your recent comment Lovey....I am SO the same way....I look at new items & ALL I can think of are the horrid synthetic materials used or the foreign country it was made in....OLD IS BEST....FORGET the rest I say....!!

    Speaking of which....I am SERIOUSLY envious of this vignette you've created....It just so happens I TOO have a printers tray at home laying about doing nothing....hahahahaha....I think I'll be borrowing your idea if that's AOK....!!

    Cheers for now & have an AWESOME weekend,
    Tamarah :o)

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  53. Beautiful job Jane! Your tray outshines the PB one, hands down!! Thanks for sharing your lovely ideas! Donna...the 3rd sister.

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  54. That could not have turned out better! Yours looks so much better than PB!

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  55. Your buffet looks wonderful, warm and welcoming!

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  56. I love the buffet, so inviting! I have a milk glass bowl of acorns too. Something about them reminds me of Autumn. Hugs, Liz

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  57. Dear.Heaven! LOVE IT!! It is just the perfect vignette on the perfect tray!! Love the silver with the bowl of acorns! Magazine Worthy!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  58. I'm sooooo glad I read back this far. I have printer trays and the cubbies are so small I never knew what to do with them... I can take the cubbies out? Who knew!! Great use of them as trays and I love the handles you added... PERFECT... thank you!!

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