Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Thrifty Tray Makeover

While at a Habitat for Humanity Store, I saw this little brown tray on a shelf. I immediately thought, I could do something with it. However, it wasn't what we were looking for, so I passed it up.
Lucky for me, my husband catches on quickly to the things I really want to get or when I say,"I could totally make that cute!" A few days later he brought this cute tray home. I LOVE MY HUSBAND!

First, I gave it a good sanding. This thing must have been used a ton...it smelled horrible. As if all the years of use were coming out in the layers I was sanding down. YUK! Then I started to spray it with KRYLON Ocean Blue Breeze. This is such a happy color.

It took about 4 good coats of paint.

After it was done drying, I took a block sander to the edges to give it a bit of a distressed look.

My husband and I found this cute paper and JoAnn Fabrics (normally $19.99 on sale for $9.99) Yay for a good sale :)

All of the paper was cute, but this one just went with the blue so well. Funky and a bit retro looking.

A few coats of Mod Podge and a clear sealer
(actually looks a bit like oil cloth)
and it was ready for use.
We've decided to use it as our coffee tray. We normally keep our French Press, coffee canister, cream and sugar holder on it, but for a good picture I added a few cute accessories.

This was such a fun, cheery makeover.

Show and Tell Green
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Party Button

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mmm button


  1. That tray is gorgeous! I love the scrapbook paper you used. So fun :) :)

  2. I love the colors you used. And that paper is so bright and fun!

  3. thanks for commenting on my blog & becoming one of my newest followers!

    i adore this project - it turned out great!!

  4. Tanya! I LOVE THIS!!!! I WANT it!!! Thank you so much for linking this beauty up at Whassup! I am FOLLOWING YOU...yay!


  5. Hey girlie! First off, this tray is soooo cute!! I have one like it that I've been planning to do this to for awhile. Thanks for giving me a kick in the pants to get it done.

    Second, did you know that you have a noreply@blogger e-mail set up? Can you shoot me an e-mail so I can get your e-mail address?

    thespeckleddog (at) yahoo (dot) com


  6. OK, so I just actually read your post. What a sweet hubs you have!

    AND, I so know what I'm doing with my tray!! Awesome addition to our coffee station!

  7. That is such a fun tray! It would make me smile even before my first cup of coffee! I have a tray from the Hospice Thrift that is kinda gator texture. I'm going to have to break out the mod podge and get to work! Jules

  8. SO cute! And what a trooper to power through the smelly stuff! I couldn't do it! Since the baby, smelly things are AMPLIFIED for me...
    I love the tray!
    You should come link this up to my weekly Thursday through Sunday Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!

  9. That is so cute! I love getting those paper stacks when they are on sale at Joann's I have tons of them! Kudos to hubby for bringing home that tray for you. He's awesome!

  10. I love it - makes me want to go find a tray and do this myself!

  11. How fun and Spring-y is this!!! :) We would love for you to share it with our readers at Fancy This Fridays if you get a chance! http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2011/02/fancy-this-fridays-edition-12.html

  12. SO cute! What a great husband to bring that home for you!

  13. You did a great job! I love the blue paint and choice of paper you used.

  14. Love, love, love this project!! Where is this habitat for humanity store you speak of?

  15. thanks for stopping by! love the tray makeover and love the paper choice! great minds think alike! :) i'm actually in the middle of doing a tray makeover similar to this one too!

    Lindsey @ I'd Rather Be Crafting

  16. LOVE it! Have been looking for one to re-do myself!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  17. Love this!!! So much so we featured it today in the Fancy This Fridays feature post! Hope you'll check it out and grab a button! :) http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2011/02/fancy-this-features-12.html

  18. Love the tray!! I especially love the pop of spring happiness you applied in the bottom of the tray. great job!

  19. I love your tray! Great colors!

    Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you this week! Come by and grab my featured button if you'd like one!

  20. a.dorable! love the bright blue and funky paper!

  21. Very cute! I am a mod podge girl too.