Hello, dear friends! I’m back today with some of my thriftiest tray makeovers sharing 11 simple ways to update trays!
I had planned to share a bench makeover today, but then Jack came home and surprised us on Friday night, so that project got put on pause! We did set up our Christmas Village while he was home though yay! (He had to go back for two classes today before the actual break starts.) We came up with a new way to display it and I can’t wait to share!!
With the holidays upon us, we are all starting to think about what we can gift our loved ones. If you’re like my mom, maybe you have half your list crossed off already?? Not me…slacker.
Here are 11 simple ways to Update trays
A tray is a fantastic gift idea for a friend, a neighbor, a teacher, or even an in-law perhaps?
Someone on your gift list might love a tray lovingly recreated by you!
I linked to the original posts below each after photo if you want to see more details!
1- Decoupage Paper
Up first is this plain wood tray I found for $3 at the thrift store:
Some Cotton paint and the addition of one of Dixie Belle’s decoupage papers did wonders to bring this tray to life!
This is the Pallet Wood pattern paper:
At number two on the list is this silver tray I redid a couple of years ago.
There wasn’t much that could be done about the discoloration, so paint to the rescue!
And stripes for the win!
Up next is another silver tray that I picked up for $2 at the thrift store:
Not only was it super cheap, it also had little feet attached, so I had to grab it.
I thought it would be perfect to use this beachy blue color on:
A pretty wreath stencil was the perfect addition:
This next one had a heavy acrylic coat on the bottom covering the print.
Instead of just painting it, I decided the best way to update this tray would be to cover it!
Here is what it looks like from this angle…it already had those small feet on the bottom:
And here you can see what I covered the bottom with!
I cut and painted triangles out of thin plywood and arranged them in a quilt pattern to cover the bottom:
This next tray was the second of its kind that I have come across, and at just $4, I bought it again:
The bottom appears to be metal, but it is really just embossed paper.
I decided to cover that also…
With shiplap! These are really just strips of poplar from the Home Depot that I cut to fit and glued in place…
6-Grain Sack Stripe
I really liked the shape of this next one:
I added feet to it using wooden knobs:
And adding a simple grain sack stripe down the middle was the perfect accent!
At number seven is a set of three trays I picked up for super cheap at only $5.25 for the set. (Keep in mind that most of these trays were found pre-pandemic when things were priced much more affordable!)
Good bye, boring monogram!
I updated these trays by white washing pieces of thin plywood that I cut to fit.
Then, I added different stencils to each one…
I wasn’t sure what I was getting when I bought this tray table for $10 at the thrift store:
But I figured if the table part was too messed up, I would still get a decent tray out of it. Luckily, I was able to fix the table part pretty easily!
I designed a bunch of numbers in random sizes and fonts on my Silhouette to get this whimsical look!
The numbers added a unique touch to this tray!
This beautiful silver tray is one I’ve used in my holiday decorating for a couple of years now, I paid $9.95 for it:
I finally decided to add it to one of my hauls and get it transformed! In this post, I shared the BEST way to paint a silver tray.
I chose this lovely pinky Silk color, Conch:
Gilding wax in gold highlighted all the gorgeous details around the outer edge…
This next one was already pretty cute to start. It was $5.25 at the thrift store:
However, it seemed a bit seasonal, so I set out to make it appropriate for everyday use!
I created a design and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut a “stencil” for me:
In this post, I share how to cut your own designs with your Silhouette.
And finally, I had to include the simplest of makeover ideas that I used on this $4 tray:
Just paint and sandpaper!
Just a simple coat of paint will do wonders! Distressing this one enhanced all those details and turned that ugly tray into a fresh new tray!
This one still lives on our coffee table!
And that’s 11 simple ways to update trays!!
If y’all enjoyed this round up, you might enjoy these 10 DIY & Upcycled Trays as well:
See them all HERE!!
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Thanksgiving is Thursday here in the US, and I want to express that I am SO extremely thankful for each and every one of you that make up my blog family!! I couldn’t do this without you!!
I won’t be here on Thursday, but I will see you back here bright and early Tuesday sharing what I did with this bench:
Update: You won’t recognize this bench now! See what it looks like here!
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