I picked this tray up on one of my thrift store dollar days. All this tray needed was a new color and some flowers, gotta have flowers.
First I had to clean it, just in case there was grease or any kind of dirt that would interfere with the paint sticking.
I used chalked paint so there was no need to prime the tray. If you aren’t using chalked paint then you will either have to sand your piece down a little or paint with a primer first.
I got out several scraps of fabric to look for pretty floral prints to decoupage with. I finally got around to organizing my fabrics in an old file cabinet and it makes life so easy. Any tiny scraps that are too small for the file cabinet I just roll up and store in baskets.
After picking out my fabric, I cut them into little squares.
Before I glued my fabric pieces down I arranged the pieces on the tray to see how they looked together. It is kind of like sewing a quilt pattern.
This tray’s upcycled design was based off of some items that I bought at an Estate sale a few weeks ago.
The glass basket was filled with an assortment of porcelain flowers in all colors and the basket had tiny little red flowers painted all over it. The basket was $2 and the flowers were .50 cents each. I wanted to match the tray to the colors from these items.
Once I had everything arranged the way I liked, I decoupage the pieces on one at a time.
I used Mod Podge to decoupage with (I am not getting anything to promote this) I just like how well it works. If you don’t have Mod Podge on hand then any type of glue with a little water added will work too.
I hand painted little red heart flowers to add to the floral prints, then decoupage them onto tray once dried.
I also painted little green vines around fabric. I got a tiny bit carried away with the detail on this one. I was stuck inside because we had a heat advisory and had records temps the day I worked on this project. That is how bad our temps get. So if you are here in Arizona please drink water, stay in the shade or inside and if you have to go out wear sunscreen…it is deadly out here during the summer. Okay back to my tray.
Last step was to paint tiny red flowers to the sides.
I tried to stick as close to possible to the items I bought at the estate sale. I think it came out really pretty and a nice update to a very dark tray.
I use trays throughout my house to store my craft projects on. When I am ready to quit for the day, I just take the tray and put it away for the next day. This keeps clean up easy if you aren’t finished working on a project.
It also makes a great little tray for tea and a good book to read for one of those relaxing days of doing nothing.
Hope you all find one of these trays out there on your junk day hunting. I would love to see what designs you come up with if you do come across an old tray to redo. Happy upcycling everyone.
Whoops, one more thing before I forget. Alley cat loved this little tray when I first brought it home and always hung out on it.
We called it one of her apartments; she has a lot of apartments throughout the house. When you aren’t using your trays, throw a little pet bed on top for your furry family members. Trays make perfect beds for miniature pets too.