Summer Tea Tray

Cute right?!!?  Wait until you see what it looked like before. 
Oi.  Just say no to painted, wooden inlay birds!


Here is my poor little tray BEFORE. What I love about blogging is that it inspires me to get creative and think outside of the box. Before blogging I would have passed this $1.99 garage sale find and thought ‘what an ugly little tray’. Now I think ‘how can I update, makeover or transform this tray? It’s got good bones.’


Here are some of my supplies.  Must have mod podge and teal tissue paper.

I started by sanding the crap out of my tray.  I even had to break out the exacto knife to get some of the wooden inlay off.

After I sanded, I taped off the cool metal corners.

Then I primed my tray and painted it white.

Next I had some fun with tissue paper and Mod Podge.

I applied at least two layers of tissue paper, overlapping as I went.

Then I finished the whole tray off with a light sanding and varnish.

Didn’t it turn out just darling? 
Now if only I had a little girl to play tea party with!
Cheers to a fab find with good bones!

Thanks for reading. 
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  1. Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging says

    Strangely, I posted a tray makeover on Shabby Nest today, and then I saw yours and had to visit. My surprise is that although the tray I just did isn’t like your tray, I actually own a tray identical to the one you show here. I, too was attracted to the “bones,” those pretty chrome corners, and the handles. I only sprayed mine, but I am going to follow your lead, and do a decoupage. Love it. Thanks for sharing. Great minds think alike.

  2. Becolorful says

    That turned out great. I thought it was going to be a paint project but I love the modge podge treatment and that pattern made such an interesting almost textural effect. Well done. Thanks for linking it up to Motivated Monday. I hope you will be back again.

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