Sunday, September 11, 2011

Yardstick Tray

The last of an odd assortment of yardsticks was sitting on my workbench just waiting for a project.
 When I found this old tray last week I knew the yardsticks would make a great base for the tray.  The glass that came with the tray was broken so I threw it away.
I love these handles.
Since all of the lettering on the yardsticks was black, I painted the tray black and then lightly distressed it.
 I cut the yardsticks to size and glued them to a lightweight chipboard backing that had been cut to fit the tray.

I attached the backing to the tray and the project was finished.
And since one picture is just never enough....
 
This project would be easy to duplicate with just about any picture frame.  Attach door/cabinet pulls to the picture frame to create handles that will turn your frame into a tray.

I'm linking this with:
Mary @ Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday,
Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday,
Carrie @ Dittle Dattle for Amaze Me Monday,
and Amy @ WhisperWood Cottage for Authentic Style Series.

Have a wonderful week.

Jane

74 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea to use vintage yardsticks. I Pinned it on Pinterest. Love it!

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  2. Jane, I love anything with a ruler or a yardstick
    This is such a great way to use them everyday.
    Amy

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  3. L-O-V-E it! The wood, the black, the white! Fabulous! You should consider linking up this project at The DIY Club's monthly contest (thediyclub.com). I'm also hosting my monthly Authentic Style party right now at WhisperWood Cottage. Would love for you to link up there, too!

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  4. Another amazing project turned out by you. Love just about everything you come up with.

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  5. LOve love love that tray! I hope to make something for hubby using yardsticks from car dealerships, since we have owned two of them! Your idea is great...thanks for showing it off!

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  6. I love it. I too have a bunch of old yardsticks and this is a wonderful idea. Thanks.

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  7. Nope, one picture of that beauty just was not enough!!!

    Carol

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  8. I like it your way best. How do you come up with all this great stuff?
    Lisa

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  9. SO CUTE. GREAT IDEA I LOVE THE YARDSTICKS... I WASNT ABLE TO COMMENT EARLIER SO I HOPE THIS DONT SHOW UP TWICE.
    LAUREN

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  10. I love anything with measurements...that is great...of course!!

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  11. I love this idea! Now to find some vintage yardsticks.

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  12. I love your tray! It is an amazing transformation! I just can't seem to find those vintage yardsticks!

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  13. Ah Jane, love it! Wonderful use for the old yardsticks and I love how stark the white looks next to it, beautiful! Brilliant idea to make your own tray too... smart thinking on your part girl! =]

    Have a delightful week~

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  14. Another great project from the best! You never cease to amaze me with the things you come up with.

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  15. You've got me hooked! I purchased my first yardstick a couple of weeks ago. But I am thinking you find yours for cheaper than I do. I think I paid 8.00 for it but it was the cheapest one I have seen. I am wanting to make one of your stars with mine.

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  16. I never thought of this Jane. Great and elegant idea!

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  17. What a great idea!! this is such a wonderful looking tray now! Hmm need to look around for some yard sticks!

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  18. This is the cutest tray!! Best idea I've seen in a while!!
    Love the nostalgia and vintageness and reuse of the yard sticks.
    Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
    Blessings,
    Doni

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  19. Love the combination!!

    blessings and have a great week!!

    barbara jean

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  20. letters and numbers - always a great combo - its wonderful Jane!

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  21. Perfect! Another great idea...and, I just need a few more yardsticks and I can actually make this one! I have an old tray just waiting for it. Thanks for the inspiration, as always.

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  22. So cool, love the yardsticks! Neat handles too:@)

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  23. I love this! The yardsticks look so nice with the black. I am always picking up old yardsticks here and there - I may have to put some of them to use! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Those yardsticks are hard to find! How much is too much to pay for them?

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  25. What a great tray Jane! Because I have a thing for numbers... I know, who doesn't? I love it with the new blackened frame and you are right, those handles are so cool! I hope all is well with you and Bruce. t. xoxoxooxox

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  26. I'm in love with this project! What a great idea.

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  27. Love it, Jane! I like how you have it in use, but even propped up as a background display piece, it is really a great focal point.

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  28. Love it! You come up with the greatest ideas to repurpose your finds. What an inspiration you are!

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  29. You find such creative uses for everyday objects!
    I love the black frame with the black markings on the yardsticks.

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  30. Over here from whisperwood cottage and this is amazing! Such a beautifully crafted tray and what a brilliant idea! Love it.

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  31. Great idea! I love the patina on the yardsticks...the newly blackened tray matches it perfectly!!!

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  32. Simply A W E S O M E !! I love it.

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  33. This turned out so awesome Jane. I have that exact tray and hope you don't mind if I copy you...I love this!
    I loved your Halloween shoe as well. So cute. Sigh*** if I could just rent your brain for a week---just one week, I'd be a happy girl!
    hugs from here...

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  34. This is the best idea ever!! I love it!! I hope you don't mind if I use this...I have a space I need to cover and haven't liked any thing until now...now I need to start looking for yard sticks!

    I'm your newest follower and would love for you to follow me.
    Have a great day!!

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  35. Wow...I love this...I am starting to collect yardsticks to cover a tabletop...but if I don't find enough, then I might copy your idea! Are you doing you fall craft show again this year?

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  36. Gorgeous, Jane! Did you stain or wax them when you were finished?

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  37. Now that is totally FABULOUS!!! Love the deep wood ruler colors! So rich! It is just perfect! I had planned to cover the end of my work bench...hummm maybe not!

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  38. I love it! Those yardsticks are hard to come by!

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

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  39. What a great idea. Being a sewer, love the yardstick. Painting the tray black worked perfectly with the yardsticks. Did you varnish them? You could get me in a lot of trouble. I'll be looking for old yardsticks now.

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  40. What a perfect use for the pieces of yardsticks! Love this idea!

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  41. I love your tray. It is such a great idea.

    I am a new follower.

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  42. One of my favorite projects that you have done!

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  43. Love how this came out! The words on the sticks and their obvious use are what really makes this. I would love one of these.

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  44. This is just gorgeous, Jane! I LOVE it!!!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  45. Another fantastic idea! Beautiful!

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  46. Looks simply terrific.Great re-do.Thanks for sharing!

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  47. you got me searching for yard sticks....:)
    stopping over as your newest follower.
    would love if you stopped over.

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  48. You are so clever, it is always a surprise just what you come up with... good thinkin!

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  49. The patina of those yard sticks is so yum! I love this! I used some old yard sticks to trim a table in my shed. Stapled the fabric right to the table and trimmed it with the yard sticks! Such a fun way to use them in this tray! Christie

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  50. NICE!!! Always fun to see your creations/treasures!! Also a fun idea with the shoe form!
    Warmly,
    deb

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  51. LOVE LOVE this! I am officially on the lookout for some vintage yardsticks!!

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  52. you certainly 'measure up' in my book ...


    pure genius

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  53. That looks fantastic! Well done. Love this idea.

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  54. Oh, perfection! I "need" that tray! Thanks for sharing your wonderful creativity.

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  55. Yet another homerun, Jane. I could have looked at the yardsticks and broken tray forever and not come up with this.

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  56. I think this is one of my favorite projects that you have done. I love the patina of the old yardsticks against the black tray.

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  57. Love this Jane! My problem is finding the yard sticks :)

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  58. Fabulous idea and your pictures are amazing!

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  59. That tray looks amazing! I found you through Funky Junk Interiors and I have no idea how I've never seen your site ... I love it. I'm your newest follower.

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  60. What a fabulous tray! The black markings against the black frame make me swoon! Who knew you would use all of your yardstick bounty on one project? Love it. :) Popping over from Roadkill Rescue.

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  61. I love the look of your tray so much that I might need to copy it! Love, love, love. I am sharing on FB and Twitter! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  62. Wow! Got to your site through Xyron's Pinterest. Your projects are just gorgeous! I happen to love yard sticks. Thanks so much for the inspiration! Tammy

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