Three French Trays

March Madness: 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers

Bonjour!  It’s day #12 of my March Madness series, and I am all about lovely French graphics today!

I picked up this set of three trays at the thrift store a long long time ago:

Three French Trays Before

I paid about $13 dollars for all three, but aside from the broken handle on one of them, they were in perfect condition.

I made these over to sell at my last Christmas Market show.

They got a  fresh new attitude!


They were painted with my favorite DIY Chalky paint recipe (using Cottage White by Behr)…


The first coat always looks terrible.

I used this transfer method to transfer the graphics, which came from the fabulous Graphic’s Fairy.

Then I painted the graphics in using black acrylic craft paint.

Thrift Store Trays transforemd with French Graphics!

I used a script brush to paint this fine detail.

Thrift Store Trays transforemd with French Graphics!

I always sand across the letters after they have had enough time to thoroughly dry. This smoothes out any imperfections.

Thrift Store Trays transforemd with French Graphics!

They don’t even look like the same trays!

Thrift Store Trays transforemd with French Graphics!

I painted right over the handles as well:

Thrift Store Trays transforemd with French Graphics!

These all sold at my last show except for the one that originally had a broken handle. Go figure…even though I fixed it, it was as if they knew! It did sell in my booth that I have now though.

Thrift Store Trays transforemd with French Graphics!

I use trays all over my house. I think I have a tray of some sort on almost every table surface downstairs! I love how they hold everything in a tidy package. 🙂

Do you have any favorites in this thrifty makeover series so far?

I’ll see ya’ll back here tomorrow with this little frame makeover:


Much sweeter now!

UPDATE: Check out what I did with this frame HERE now!



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  1. Heather J says

    Ifthis is a duplicate post I’m sorry…I should fully wake up before commenting so I can work my phone properly…. Lol they are all so wonderful but my top favorites are headboard to organizer, sign , cigar box to key box, sewing cabinet and server…all of your pieces are abso lutely wonderful and refreshing:) thanks for sharing!

  2. Another great redo. Love your style!

  3. Great makeover, these turned out beautiful! Love the graphics! I need to try those sometime. I see so many pretty things where graphics are used. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love love love the transformation you gave these plain ordinary trays Christy. BTW the hand painted detail in these graphics are impeccable!

  5. Shirley P. says

    I can’t pick a favorite, I love them all. You are so creative! I appreciate the ideas because I’m very idea-challenged. Hope you don’t mind if I use some of yours.

  6. Christy,
    I love your work and always look forward to seeing the miraculous makeovers you do. I’m hoping I can make a suggestion that would not offend you. You are not the only one who does this either. Is is possible to get rid of the light blue wording on your site? I don’t know if it’s my age or what, but I sometimes can’t read them at all and other times it is such a strain to try and figure out what they say. I know there are others who struggle with this same problem. I hope that their is some way you can change that without a lot of trouble. It would be greatly appreciated. Sorry to bother you, but it is a very difficult thing for some of us. There are so many sites that use the light blue, too. Thanks you so much for considering this change anyway, Cathey DeRosa

    • I appreciate your taking the time to let me know about the blue writing, Cathey. I’m sorry it’s difficult for you to read. Maybe it shows up a bit darker on my screen? Unfortunately the last time I messed with the font for my site, I shut it down, for real! Haha…so I’m nervous about messing with the colors. I will definitely keep that in mind for my next site redesign though!


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