Coastal Tray Makeover

Hi Friends! Are you up for a thrifty makeover today? I found this super large oval tray at the thrift store  a few weeks back. This thing is really big! It was $12, but I just had to bring it home:

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This was gorgeous at one time, but had really started to show its age, so I decided to give it a completely new look:

Large oval thrift store tray gets a whole new look using my silhouette. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Doesn’t even look like the same tray, right?

Large oval thrift store tray gets a whole new look using my silhouette. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I painted the tray in a mix of Annie Sloan’s French Linen and Pure White. Then I created this graphic in Photoshop Elements, opened it in my Silhouette machine, and cut a stencil out of contact paper…

Large oval thrift store tray gets a whole new look using my silhouette. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I had to connect four separate pieces together since this tray is so large.

I gave it two coats of white acrylic paint and then removed the contact paper.

Large oval thrift store tray gets a whole new look using my silhouette. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I use contact paper instead of vinyl because I’m cheap. I’m sure transfer vinyl would be so much easier, but again there’s the thing about me being cheap.

I’ve had someone ask me if the contact paper leaves a sticky residue, and I have had that happen. I just sand like normal and when I add the wax, the sticky residue can be buffed right off.

Large oval thrift store tray gets a whole new look using my silhouette. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

This would have been pretty easy to do without a silhouette also since I used a large font (Bodidly). I would have blown this up at Blockposters.com and transferred the image like I show here, then painted it in.

Large oval thrift store tray gets a whole new look using my silhouette. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I sealed it with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.

Large oval thrift store tray gets a whole new look using my silhouette. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

Large oval thrift store tray gets a whole new look using my silhouette. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

You may remember this DIY Shell Garland from my Summer mantel last Summer:

Shell garland from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Can’t wait to pull out all my Summer flair this year!

Large oval thrift store tray gets a whole new look using my silhouette. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

Large oval thrift store tray gets a whole new look using my silhouette. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Hope you enjoyed this quick coastal makeover!

I’ll be back later this week sharing a look back at how I transformed most of these yard sale treasures:

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It’s always fun to look back! Do you remember any of these?

UPDATE: See them all HERE now!

Have a great day, Friends!

XO,

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Comments

  1. Mary Kaiser says:

    Love it! Can’t wait to see what you do with all the “stuff”. Love everything that you do. # 1 most favorite blog ever!! Thanks once again for all the inspiration.

  2. I really like the tray as you painted it. Gosh, it looks so different. So much lighter and beachy! Am looking forward to seeing what you do with your yard sale items. Have fun creating!

  3. Christina in FL says:

    Christy, I applaud your “cheapness” !! lol This tray is fabulous and oh so beachy. Thank you!

  4. Love the tray, and can’t wait to see what you do with all those treasures! 😀

  5. I love this makeover, great job. I should really look into learning to do this type of stencil this way. Love it!!

  6. Gina Keysor says:

    I love it!! You do so great cutting out your stencils. I have a cricut but rarely do stencils with it. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  7. Whoa- that was a crime! Please don’t paint over toll paint-

  8. Hi Christy,
    Love your tray makeover. I’m obsessed with ocean, beach and nautical themed projects. I’m currently transforming a set of nesting tables in this theme, and can’t wait to finish them.
    Doreen

  9. `Wow, yeah that definitely looks like a whole new tray! How cool! Your lettering is always so perfectly sized and spaced for your projects. I’m going to have to try to pull off some “Christy quality” work this summer! : )

  10. Clearisssa says:

    I can’t tell you how much I love this transformation. Great!!

  11. That tray turned out so great!

    Tania

  12. Very nice! I sure someone doing coastal decor will want it!!

  13. Love the tray Christy, can’t wait to see what you do with all those treasures!

    Chris

  14. Marcie Lovett says:

    I chanced upon your site by following a pinterest link for your reimagined flatware boxes. An hour later, I’m still here! Now I’ll never get that time back and my brain is bursting with inspiration. Beautiful projects, thanks for sharing.

  15. Another great project Christy! Love it! Gotta save this one too!

  16. Seriously, this is awesome! I’m loving crab coastal projects lately. Sharing on my Fb page, my readers will love this! Have a good week:)