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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Tray Makeover

I spotted this lovely wooden tray a few weeks ago at Goodwill.  I don't stop in there regularly.  Maybe it's just me, but I think their prices are often a little steep.  I have found a few things worth bringing home though, and even managed to get this with their half-off color tag of the week.  So I paid $1.50 for it.  It needs some love. (meaning spray paint)  And a destination. (meaning I don't know what I'm going to do with it yet)  I'm actually thinking it might make a cute centerpiece for our dining table, with a little vase of flowers or something in it.  But we won't know for sure until our table gets to go back in that space.

At any rate, here's what I did to turn it into a beauty.  I lightly sanded the whole thing with 220 grit sandpaper and wiped it down with a cloth.  
After one coat of spray paint, I could see some gaps and cracks in the edges so I use some wood filler.  When that dried I sanded down the patches and painted again--Heirloom White.
The hardest part was picking the paper to go on the bottom.  I finally decided on this one, cut the paper to fit, and went to town with the mod podge.
Now I just think it needs a cute little vase with a flower in it.  What do you think?  Does the re-do work?


  1. Love this, I have a tray that I have been meaning to alter, thanks for the inspriation!

  2. It looks great! Now I need to go find an old tray to work some magic on...

  3. I did the same thing a few months ago! I painted mine black with a white bottom and then used a black, open weave placemat on the bottom. I have a glass ball, plant, and my napkins on my tray. It lives on my kitchen table. I love how yours turned out!

  4. Very cute! I like the paper you chose. And I agree - Goodwill has gotten expensive!!