Don’t throw that table away! That’s right, do a t.v. tray table makeover when it’s old and scarred. This isn’t my first tv tray table makeover, I’ll share the others in this post.
By the way, this easy project is my contribution to this month’s Thrift Store Decor Team! Be sure to check out the other projects below.
My niece Missy gave me some tables, including a nice coffee table, end table, and two tv tray tables.
T.V. Tray Table Makeover
So, this is the table that’s going to get a makeover. I recently ordered some Heirloom Traditions All In One Paint. I also go some deglosser. I’ve use HTP off and on for years, but I’m not sure I’ve blogged about the All in One Paint. It’s basically what it sounds like, little or no prep, and no waxing. A lot of people use it for their kitchen cabinets.
I have never really seen black tv tables. Mine have always been wood toned. I still had one of mine left, but I wanted this table makeover to have a black base for distressing. The top has seen better days.
Clean & Degloss Project
The entire table was coated with the deglosser. It’s recommended to scrub with a scrubbing pad, but since I didn’t have one, I simply applied it, let it set, and wiped it off.
I could tell that the table was really clean and prepped, ready for paint. Not shown: I did do a light sanding on the rough places of the table top.
All In One Paint
The color I’m using is Amalfi—it looks a little green in this picture, but I think it’s more blue. As always, I begin by painting the underneath of the project first.
For the first coat, I worked pretty quickly not worrying about a full coverage. The paint dries pretty fast on a beautiful morning.
Blue T.V. Tray Table Makeover
See the black showing through? That’s the look I’m going for, but not quite so much.
You can see that the coverage is perfect—just what I wanted on the second coat on the tv tray table brace.
No Waxing Needed
I’m loving the new look of the old tv tray table!
How to Use an Emery Board for Distressing Paint
Did you know you can do a light distressing with an emery board? I buy them by the box and use them often. Typically, they are a one and done thing. But with this small tv tray table project, I could probably save this emery board and use it again.
First, use the finer grit side of the emery board to see if that is enough distressing. If it's not enough, switch to the heavier grit side of the emery board.
Small T.V. Tray Table for Camper
Why do I distress? Because I tend to be tough on items in the camper/truck. They can get bumped and stacked and abused. By distressing it, I won’t have to be so careful not to let it get scratched!
Do you have an old tv tray table? Get that puppy out and give it a fresh new look!
Stenciling a Transfer with Chalk Paste
I was waiting on a new Chalk Couture order for this project, but it wasn’t here yet, so I had these two favorite sayings (transfers) that I was looking at. I decided to go with the horizontal Enjoy the Little Things. (on a side note—my order came right after I finished taking the final pics of this tv tray table)
Enjoy The Little Things
Because it turned so hot here, I was working in the kitchen. I love this phrase, and have used it on t-shirts for me and others.
Sanding Painted and Chalked Table
The chalk paste was a little heavy/thick, so I knocked it down a little with some brown craft paper. I wish you could feel this paint. You can see by the lighting in the kitchen that it has a bit of a shine to it. It seems like a great sheen without ANY waxing or sealing. The brown paper (from shipping boxes) is a perfect ultra-light sandpaper. And the best part? It’s FREE!
Blue T.V. Tray Table Makeover
The small table is perfect for the dinette area of the camper, and I can easily take it outside if needed.
Do you love the t.v. tray table makeover as much as I do? What do you think about the transfer? During this trying time, I think we all need to remember to enjoy the little things. Camping is so much fun for me, it’s the perfect way to getaway and recharge!
The other tables I did? I made a tv table TALLER, sort of a standing desk for my computer. Two tv tables got my favorite glaze, and have been used in the camper since I started camping. However, I have realized that two tables are not necessary, so I’m replacing the glazed tv tables for this new pretty blue one.
Before you dash of, won't you save & share my table on Pinterest? Thanks!!!
Now, it’s time to take a look at all the wonderful projects from the rest of the Thrift Store Decor Team!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.