Cookie Sheet to Serving Trays

Upcycled old cookie sheets into new serving trays.  Just love the colors!!

Upcycled old cookie sheets into new serving trays. Just love the colors!!

We all have cookware that eventually needs to be replaced.  In my case, a few months back as I wrapped one of my cookie sheets in aluminum to bake some chicken, my husband asked why I still had them.  I do have two really nice cookie sheets that I use for baking cookies, but they do not have the flat edges all around.  So I explained to him that these flavored items were still quite useful in my baking with no need to be replaced.

This past spring while we were out shopping, he placed a new set of cookie sheets with edges into our shopping basket.  I hesitated, thinking that it was a waste, but he was rather insistent that I have nice cookie sheets to work with.  They were not the top of the line, but as I looked them over, I could see that they were a good quality and would last me for quite some time, so this new set was not put back on the shelf.  In all honesty, I was thrilled to have shiny new cookie sheets, and have sinced used them often (and they still look new!!)

The trays are cleaned and prepped, the color choices selected from what we already had on hand. - Ready to transform the old into something new and useful.

The trays are cleaned and prepped, the color choices selected from what we already had on hand. – Ready to transform the old into something new and useful.

I am pretty good about getting rid of items that have no useful life but I did not immediately toss the old ones out.  Yet, as the summer season began to approach, I pulled these three cookie sheets out with the intention of finally getting rid of them.  Of course the time frame in which I was doing this, was also when we started to use our grill more frequently.

Everytime we had things to cook outside, we were making multiple trips to bring things outdoors.  Those cookie sheets were leaning up behind a table we have by our backdoor until we had a chance to bring them in to recycle.  As I passed by them, while bringing out another armload of things, I started to think that they might have another purpose.  So, as we were waiting for the food to cook, I asked my husband if he had any leftover rust-o-leum spray paint that he did not plan on using.

This weekend I was finally able to tackle this quick, simple project, as he presented me with a variety of beautiful colors we had.  I was thrilled to have options, but I also knew that they were not full, so it would be one can per tray.  That’s okay, because who wants to be boring with only one color?  Well, typically I like things to match, but I was fine with these options, as the color tones went well together.

Three beautiful trays, fitting nicely within each other, waiting to be used to serve others.

Three beautiful trays, fitting nicely within each other, waiting to be used to serve others.

So…three cookie sheets, that fit within in each for storage have now been transformed into three serving trays.  They will never again be used in the oven, but can be used for bringing larger amounts of items to the eating area outside, a tray of items to cook on the grill, use to bring cookies or “whatever” to share at social gatherings, etc.

My process of transformation

  1. Clean and wipe down your trays.  No sense trying to scrub all the flavoring off.  If you were unsuccessful before, why waste your energy.  Just be sure to remove anything that would cause your paint to peel in the future
  2. Select your choice of Rust-O-Leum paint.  I prefer to use what I already have on hand, but if you do not have any, the options are limitless at your local hardware store.
  3. On a dry sunny day, lay your trays out on cardboard, unless you like temporarily changing the color of your grass.  Eventurally it grows so it needs to be cut 🙂  Personally I would rather use old cardboard from an old box.
  4. Start by painting one side completely, being sure to reach every corner (otherwise you will have to do another coat).  Let this dry for at least an hour to be sure it is dry.  If it is tacky, let it dry another 1/2 hour or longer, until it is completely dry.
  5. Turn over, and repeat the process so that your trays are now completely covered.  Again, let them dry for an hour (or longer if necessary)
  6. I would recommend not using for at least a day, allowing them to completely dry overnight before using.
I am thrilled with how the set of three cookie sheets are looking with their new coat of paint.  I also feel great that I had everything on hand to transform them for practical use.  Sure, I love the pretty (expensive) trays one can find in the stores, but for outdoor entertainment, or other occasion, these are going to work out great!!

I am thrilled with how the set of three cookie sheets are looking with their new coat of paint. I also feel great that I had everything on hand to transform them for practical use. Sure, I love the pretty (expensive) trays one can find in the stores, but for outdoor entertainment, or other occasion, these are going to work out great!!

My cost:  $0  Hopefully you will have some left over from a previous project, if it not and you need to purchase spray paint you will be looking at $6 – $8 which should be able to cover at least two trays.  To be frugal, do not purchase a variety of colors, select one that pleases your eye.

Enjoy your new serving trays!!

~ Enjoy ~

Laura

Laura D. Field
Reflective Tapestry of Life
Writer, Blogger, Proofreading & editing, Freelance contributor

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