Magnolia Tray / Riser From a Cabinet Door

2 Materials
3 Hours

Repurposing a solid maple door, new drawer pulls and some old wooden knobs and adding gorgeous magnolia transfer to create this one of a kind serving tray/riser. It is my new favorite piece!

It starts with a new unused solid maple cabinet door that was washed well with Dixie Belle white lightening cleaner to be sure the surface is prepped and ready to paint.

On the inside of the door there are plastic inserts that need to be removed. I find the easiest way is to drill them out.

Then the holes were filled with Dixie Belle mud with a mud spatula and left to dry well as it is a big hole. Once good and dried it was all sanded flush.

The first coat of color brushed on was  Dixie Belle Paint in sand bar. I like to use a mini angled Dixie Belle synthetic brush.

Next I layered the NEW Dixie Belle Paint limited edition fall line cashmere then latte in the crevices and random areas.

A bit of cotton was added too to add highlights. These are the 4 blended colors. When dry, the tray was sanded with a Dixie Belle sanding sponge to smooth, distress edges a bit and reveal colors.

The beautiful magnolia  Dixie Belle transfer was added next set in the center and burnished in place.

To seal the transfer and paint I used the Dixie Belle scarlet brush and flat Dixie Belle clear coat. Two coats went on. As well the paint colors and poly were done the same on the back side.

Now to add some age and depth with brown Dixie Belle's best dang wax. I like to use a dedicated Dixie Belle premium chip brush to apply it to get in the crevices well. Wipe it back and buff then another coat of flat poly was applied. Dixie Belle wax is water based which makes it able to have poly applied over it.

I selected 4 old large wooden knobs from my stash and painted them in the same paint layers as well then they were clear coated too.

The painted "feet" were glued and clamped and left to dry overnight.

My handyman husband drilled holes and affixed the new drawer pulls.

After it was all assembled another coat of Dixie Belle flat clear coat was brushed on then when dry followed by a final coat of clear  Dixie Belle's best dang wax. Buff and it is ready to serve.

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