I love thrifting and one of my absolute favorite items to repurpose is trays! You can usually find these at local thrift stores, and they are normally cheap. My inspiration came from 2 Bees in a Pod and their tray makeover.
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Repurposed Thrift Store Tray
Here is the tray that I will be giving a makeover. It was only $1.50. The price tag was $2.99 but yellow was the Color of the Day which made it 50% off.
The middle design is a sticker, so I had to remove it before I painted it. I soaked it with a little Windex and then used my paint scraper to remove it from the bottom of the tray. The designs in the corner do not appear to be raised and are not stickers. I can paint over those.
The tray was cleaned with Windex to remove any dirt and grime.
My goal was to give the tray a farmhouse look which meant I wanted to distress the edges. The wood underneath was a light color; therefore, it would not stand out after distressing. I applied two coats of black craft paint.
After it was completely dry, I painted three coats of white craft paint.
Once the paint was dry, I used my 220-grit sandpaper and distressed it around the edges. See how the black peeks through? I cleaned away the sanding dust and applied one coat of wax.
Adding the Fabric
My fabric of choice was a black and white check. It is my absolute fabric print! I measured the bottom of the tray and cut my fabric to fit over the bottom of the tray.
I used my spray adhesive to attach the fabric.
Thrift Store Tray
White Craft Paint
Black Craft Paint
Fabric of Your Choice
Waverly Clear Wax
This tutorial was inspired by a lot of the beautiful repurposed tray images on Pinterest.