For this month's Thrift Store project, I'm sharing a fun tutorial of the easiest tray makeover ever. My friend picked up some random trays at the local vendor's market. She got three, each for $1.50. I know one of them was a metal tray, and this wooden tray I'm sharing today. Be sure to visit my friends projects, the links will be after my tutorial.
Here is the thrift store yellow tray I got from my friend. She had offered it to me, and I had said no. However, I came across a small sheet of wallpaper that I realized would be perfect for the center on this tray makeover, so I asked her if I could have it.
This is our Thrift Store Day, be sure to check out all the projects below.
I'm not sure if this was a DIY makeover, or if the tray was purchased with this pattern on it. The pattern is textured, and sort of feels like a starched doily. I knew from the beginning that I wouldn't be able to paint over the rough portion of the tray.
How to Prep Your Tray for Painting
A good tray makeover needs to be smooth for painting. I used the orbital sander for the majority of the surface. I used sanding sponges to get into the corners, and on the rest of the project.
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The sanding sponge I used was 120 grit. The last batch of sponges I bought weren't marked, so I used a Sharpie to identify the grit.
A leaf blower works great to remove every bit of sanding dust from your thrift store projects.
Related: Clever Uses for a Leaf Blower
Remember earlier, I said this was going to be the easiest tray makeover ever? This is why, Spray Chalk Paint. Have you ever used it? I highly recommend it. It's easy to use, covers well, and dries to a perfect finish!
Spray the Bottom First
I always begin painting the underside or the bottom of my project first. Why? Because if something gets scarred or nicked, I prefer it to be on the bottom of my project.
Several LIGHT coats of paint will give you the best result.
Handy tip from Gail:
READ the directions on the can for recoating. Many spray paints recommend within 25 minutes or AFTER 24 HOURS!
After painting the textured part of the tray, it was starting to grow on me. But, the whole point of this tray makeover was to use that sheet of wallpaper.
Shiplap Wallpaper Sheet from the Dollar Store
Yep, that's right. I got this piece of shiplap wallpaper from the Dollar Tree for $1.25.
So easy! Peel and stick wallpaper for about a dollar! So, if you're keeping track, the tray was $1.50, $1.25 for the wallpaper. (I already had the spray paint on hand)
Pretty Gray Tray Makeover with Wallpaper
In this image, I haven't actually "peeled" the wallpaper. But, isn't it soooo pretty?
Funny that I chose a small yellow urn. Can you imagine how awful that would have looked on the original tray?
Now, let's take a look at the awesome projects from my friends . . . .
- DIY White Christmas Village
- Snow Scene Displays in Glass Containers
- Personalized Wood Sled
- Indian Corn Decoration for Thanksgiving
- Easy Thrift Store Tray Makeover (you are here)
- Vintage Wooden Bowl Christmas Candle Centerpiece
- Fun Fall Resin Projects
- Updated Key Holder
- Frog Tape Wooden Mini Tree Pot
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.