Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A tray a day ...

After loving the results of this thrift store tray makeover, I've had my eye out for more abandoned trays to style-up, so I was quite excited when I stumbled upon this detailed tray at the thrift store for $3.

It looked pretty good as it was, but I thought it could use a little pop to make it fit well in our colorful apartment. I knew I wanted to place either fabric or paper on the bottom of the tray, so I had my eye out for a piece of glass that was the right size to place on the bottom. I came across this t-shirt frame at Micheals, on sale for $5, and the glass was a perfect size for my tray.

I discarded the rest of the frame, sprayed the tray with a bright green, used hot glue to place this scrapbook paper cut out (.19 cents) on the bottom, and placed four small dots of hot glue on the glass to hold it down.

And here is the result! I'm in love.

On the nightstand, it's the perfect place to hold my book and discarded jewelry. But it's permanent home will soon be as a little wine/liquor bar on top of the antique stereo console Derek and I are refinishing. Stay tuned for that!

In the meantime I'm thinking of opening an Etsy store dedicated to my love of trays. Trimmed & Tray-lored anyone?


  1. Love the tray! Are you using spray paint? If so - what color is that fabulous green?

  2. uh, hello perfection.

    so cute.

    and, etsy shop? duh! what have ya got to lose? do it!

  3. Love the tray - I have one sitting at home waiting for me to do something with it - and you just inspired me.

  4. I just bought a tray and fixed it up for our coffee table! Now our remote controls and coasters live in it. :) How lucky that you found that glass in the right size!

  5. That's so cute! I'll have to steal the idea for an organizer in my office.

    And yes, you should totally do the Etsy shop. I'm thinking of doing one for the jewelry I make. It never hurts to try!

  6. I love your tray makeover! And you should def start an etsy store. Your name for it is catchy, clever and fun. What a great little hobby. You just inspired me to be on the look out for a cute tray. You are so creative! Following now so I can get great ideas from you. :) Plus you're super cute.

    Running on Happiness

  7. You ladies are all too sweet!! Thanks for the love!

  8. It's great, and you should totally sell on Etsy. People buying your handmade pieces is so satisfying!!

  9. That is just beautiful! I absolutely love how that color looks against the dark nightstand and next to that FABULOUS lamp. You did a great job!
    Thanks so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!


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