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Tray Chic

October 19, 2011
by thenestinggame

Remember this room?

Well, we went to a party at Chris and Julie’s home and it is just about there! All that’s missing are curtains, a little zhuzhing, and some pictures. I can’t wait to share it with you!

When  I went over there a few weeks ago to bring some decorative pieces, I noticed they had a couple ordinary-looking brown trays, kinda like this, but more solid in color:

Well, in their rustic-beachy family room, these guys kinda jumped out to me, and not in a good way. Even though they had some dark wood furniture pieces in the room, as an accent, these trays weren’t living up to their potential. So, I asked if I could take them to spruce them up a bit and they just handed them right over. I have been seriously spoiled by Chris and Julie.  I’m pretty sure this isn’t how it normally works.

My original plan was to paint them white and then paint the inside edges of the handle and the top edge with some turquoisey-green paint, based on this bunk bed inspiration.

{House Beautiful via House of Turquoise}

Admittedly, I was overestimating my steady painting hand. But I was going to be patient, use tape and be prepared to buy them new trays.

But after priming and putting on several coats of spray paint, the bottom of the trays, well, looked like poo. They are grooved and just didn’t give that finished look I wanted.

So, on to Plan B.

Several weeks ago I purchased a few sheets of wrapping paper to line our kitchen drawers.

We only have 4 drawers, so it was no big deal to splurge on a couple sheets of paper. I loved this blue/green pattern, and thanks to procrastinating on the drawer lining project, I had this paper on hand for the trays.

I measured about 700 times and cut once, as the saying goes. Then I ModPodged the bottom of the tray and placed the paper inside. I smoothed it out as well as I could, then let dry completely before adding a topcoat. When I did, it bubbled up even more, so I googled like the mad ModPodger that I was to learn that you can put wax paper over the wet surface and smooth it out that way.

Sloth from the Goonies came over to help me craft.

(Seriously, do my arms look this freakish in person??)

Not sure exactly why, but after 3-4 coats of ModPodge, whatever wrinkles were left, for the most part, smoothed out. Whew.

And before I returned them to their rightful owner, I had to take a few shots with the new camera.

Presto chango, right? I think I’m a ModPodger for life now.

Best of all, the clients loved them. And Julie admitted that she’d never been wild about the brown trays in the first place. Hooray!

Have you been doing any crafting lately? Or pinning stuff for someday (aka likely never) on Pinterest? Do tell.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. SarahNadine permalink
    October 19, 2011 9:26 am

    I love the new tray and the clean “beachy” look. I will totally try this for our beach house now. Thanks for the inspriration

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      October 19, 2011 9:42 am

      Thanks, Sarah! Glad you’re a fan!

  2. Erika permalink
    October 19, 2011 10:01 am

    I am so impressed! With the chic tray AND the magazine-worthy photos of the finished product!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      October 19, 2011 10:13 am

      Thanks, Erika!

  3. October 19, 2011 4:02 pm

    Okay, the Goonies line made me laugh out loud. (And, no, you don’t have freakish arms.)

  4. Elaine Smart permalink
    October 19, 2011 6:23 pm

    Did you use a roller to smooth out the wrinkles?
    Looks like a fun project!
    Loved the tray.

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