Transform an Old TV Tray

Painted TV Tray


Hi friends!  Today I’m sharing a little TV tray transformation. I picked this TV tray up at a yard sale for $1. It was part of this haul which you may have seen a couple of times before:

Yard sale 2


Everyone has had one of these at some point, but for only $1? I’ll take it! I couldn’t pass it up.

Here’s what I came up with:

Painted TV Tray

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite for the base.

I painted in my star first, using DIY chalk paint in Behr’s Cottage White…two coats, removing the tape immediately after the second coat.

When the star was dry, I taped off the stripes and painted them in also.

TV Tray 3


To finish it off, I sanded it a bit and gave it a coat of clear wax.

I love the result, so fun!

Painted TV Tray


Painted TV Tray


Painted TV Tray


Updated Tv Tray

Not too shabby for a dollar, right?





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  1. Wow you are killing me Christy!! This is A-Mazing!!!!!

  2. Christy, this looks like a million bucks! Seriously! You took something ho-hum and transformed it into something fabulous! Thank you SO much for joining us and sharing this at Best of the Weekend! Pinning (of course!) and sharing today! Hope you are having a happy weekend!

  3. Wow! You are a STAR!!!!! =D


  4. What a fun makeover! I redid our TV trays, too. They were so blah. Now they are functional eye candy! lol Love the star in the middle.

  5. Wow, so pretty! I love the navy + white combo!

  6. I love your makeover! It inspires me to see if I can find two more trays and paint them all to match. Who knew TV trays could actually look nice.
    Thanks for the idea.

  7. I keep rejecting the tv trays at yard sales. I think I would get so carried away in all the possibilities! I LOVE how yours turned out. So FUN!!

  8. Now I wish I’d gotten a tv tray I saw at Goodwill but it wasn’t $1. They tend to be rather pricey, most likely why I didn’t buy it. Would love to have done something great like you did, (in my dreams) but would have given it a go anyway. Happy week

  9. That’s awesome, Christy! I love painting furniture and have some big plans for after the holidays! Have a great week!
    Dee 🙂

  10. That’s a really cool $1 project! Love the transformation.

  11. Not too shabby at all. I love it. What a great idea. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  12. That turned out beautiful! What a deal for $1! 🙂 I turned mine into an ironing board. You can see it here….


    • Just checked out your post, Marti, and I remember seeing you featured! That’s a fantastic idea. It’s such a drag to have to haul out the big ironing board for something quick! Have a great day 🙂

  13. Hello. I just found you and LOVE everything. I’m curious about the photo of your haul up above… Is there a project or post that features the Singer drawers shown there? I picked up the exact thing at a shop because it was so cute (mine doesn’t have a top though). I have no idea what to do with it though! Would love to see what you came up with:)

    • Thanks, Deanna! I have yet to finish those because my set had a lot of water damage on the veneer on one side. I started to peel it off on that side and it is coming off in splinters, so I set it aside. I know I could redo just the drawers with a little paint and pretty knobs, but I’d like to keep them in the casing. To be honest, I forgot about them…I need to go dig them out now 🙂


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