$5 Thrift Store Tray Makeover

Hello lovely Friends! I’ve got a cool little makeover to share with ya’ll today!

On the same trip where I found the large basket I shared a couple of weeks ago, I also picked up this tray:


I rarely pass up a good tray and for $5, all this tray needed was a little TLC, so in the cart it went. The bottom looks like a cool metal, but it’s actually just paper.

I decided instead of trying to remove the paper to get a decent  painting surface, I would just cover it up.

Enter these two beauties:


Some see trash, but I brake for this kind of trashy goodness…especially when it can turn this old tray into this charmer:

Thrift Store tray revived with reclaimed wood from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Hello beautiful.

I first painted the sides and bottom:


Then I cut the old pickets to fit using my miter saw and for the longer pieces, my table saw as well…


Then I whitewashed them, sprayed them with a matte sealer, and used a construction adhesive my hubby had to hold them in place. (I share how I white-wash HERE.) I would have used liquid nails if we had had it on hand.

Thrift Store tray revived with reclaimed wood from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I love the pattern!

Thrift Store tray revived with reclaimed wood from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

The faux lavender came from Hobby Lobby. This is about $20 worth at 50% off.

Thrift Store tray revived with reclaimed wood from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

The bonus to updating an existing tray verses making one from a frame is the hardware is included. These got a coat of Rustoleum satin white spray paint.

Thrift Store tray revived with reclaimed wood from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com


Thrift Store tray revived with reclaimed wood from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I love the color variation of the white-washed pickets against the bright white sides.

Thrift Store tray revived with reclaimed wood from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

This could be farmhouse or coastal. I have a lot of off white in my home since I was working with finishes that were too hard to change, but I love crisp white.

Thrift Store tray revived with reclaimed wood from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com


Thrift Store tray revived with reclaimed wood from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

This is just one of several items I’m working on for my booth that will be perfect for the this gift-giving season! I’ll be sharing all of them over the next few weeks. 🙂

I won’t be posting Thursday since it’s Thanksgiving, so I will meet ya’ll here back here next week where I’ll be sharing what I did to update this little box:


UPDATE: Check out how I updated this little thrift store box HERE now!

My amazing friends, I am SO THANKFUL for each and every one of you!! To those here in the U.S. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving!



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    I Love it. That is a big tray. It turned out beautiful. I am sure going to miss your post on Thursday. Your post are my favorite thing to do right after I get my 1st cup of coffee. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your lovely family.

    • Thank you, Mary! And thank you so much for following along with me…I will miss meeting ya’ll on Thursday too! Trust me, I’d rather be here than in the kitchen ha ha. A blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours as well! XOXO

  2. Hi Christy. Love the tray!!! Wish I had your talents! Hope you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving too!!!! xoxo

    • Thanks SO much, Sue! You are so sweet to me…thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes…I wish the same for you and yours, my friend! XOXO

  3. Really pretty! I love the twist on the pattern of the weathered wood. I love how you remake these finds look so new and fresh!


    • Thanks so much, Nancy! I am always excited to see things in their new and improved state too! XOXO

  4. Good morning Christy, I love what you did great idea to fill it in with weathered strips of wood. As always lovely. Happy Thanksgiving to you all, have a great day with family and friends!! :))

    • Thanks so much, Sandra! I would add that stuff to everything if I could lol. Happy Thanksgiving to you too! XO

  5. Love the tray Christy!!! You are so talented!

  6. The bottom of the tray was beautiful. Too bad it was paper, I would’ve never guessed that one. The white washed pieces look great, almost have a summer beach feel. It’s so pretty.
    I need to look through your posts for a round metal tray make-over.

    • Thanks, Zanetta! I loved the original bottom too until I discovered it was only paper! I have done a metal tray before, but I didn’t blog about it. I just dry-brushed it with white paint (it was gold to start) and it turned out pretty. 🙂

  7. Good morning. Always nice to start my day with your fun and creative emails. You are a blessing to many. Hope you and your family have a wonderful thanksgiving filled with much love. BTW- love ❤️ the tray

    • Thank you so much, Ange! And thank you for all your encouraging words, they are SO appreciated!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well! XOXO

  8. Love it, Christy! Great job! Thankful for you and all the sharing you do with us!

    • Aww thank you so much, Julie!! That is so sweet of you to say…I am truly thankful for all of you too!! XOXO

  9. I am Thankful to you Christy for all your inspiration and tutorials. You are by far my favorite blogger.

  10. Gina Keysor says

    I really like how you changed up the pattern from just straight boards. I think it took more math skills to figure out how to lay it out. Did you have to do anything to the width of any of the boards or did they just fit so perfectly? Great eye, as usual. Hope you have a successful selling season!

  11. Annie (Canada) says

    Always fun to see your transformations Christy 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends.

  12. Always finding fresh new ways to update those trays, Christy and each and every one is a hit! Very nice and probably sold by the time I’m writing this. Hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving. xo

    • Thanks, Marie!! I was a big slacker with my booth last year, so hoping to make a little $ this year…lots of small things I’m working on at the moment! Thanksgiving was wonderful, spent with family…thank you!! XOXO

  13. Another great make over! This tray came out great!!

    Happy Thanksgiving…

    • Thank you, Sherri! Thanksgiving was wonderful, hope yours was too and you didn’t have to work too hard! XO

  14. I love this tray! Such a great design in the new bottom!

    Christy, I owe you a huge THANK YOU! We just did a craft sale last Saturday. I used so many ideas from you: colors, styling, your suggestions for what sells well… everything. We had the BEST sale EVER!!! People were looking for our booth based on what they saw other people carrying away! I never thought WE would have “That Booth”!!! We are SO excited! I’m still laughing too, because my (poor) husband was so skeptical of some of our stuff, and it sold first! Haha! I’ll listen to my gut (and you!) even more next year, and up the guys-don’t-get-it inventory, haha! Thank you a TON. Reading your blog gave me the confidence to go for it! : )

    • WOOHOO!!!! That is AWESOME news, girl!! I didn’t even know you were planning for a craft market, but I’m so thrilled to hear I helped a little lol. I LOVE fairs so much more than having a booth. I miss the interaction with my buyers! Congratulations on a successful sale, my friend! XOXO