An Upcycled DIY Serving Tray Tutorial from an Old Wooden Tray
One of my best friends gave me this tray that she was about to throw away. It was actually from a bridal Shower we gave many many years ago! I decided to keep it and bring some new life to it. Here is my Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To. You only need a few materials, and some time. The time will depend on if you are starting fresh with a new tray or an old one.
You can use an old tray like this:
- As a serving tray
- For decorative purposes in a bathroom
- To organize craft or office supplies
- For parties
- As a table top centerpiece
Other DIY Tray Makeovers
Here are a few more simple DIY tray makeovers I have done in the past.
- Repurposed Thrift Store Serving Tray
- DIY Serving Tray: A Mirror Makeover
- Upcycled Thrift Store Tray
- Teacher Gift Thrift Store Upcycle
As you can see I like to make over trays. Ha!
Refurbishing the Old Tray
Time: 30-45 Minutes
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- Wooden Tray
- Clean Cloth
- Spray Paint
- Fabric Cutter
- Cutting Mat
- Measuring Instrument
- Adhesive Spray
Here is the tray BEFORE; it was a little beat up!
Because I a) had little time, b) had two coats of paint on it, and c) feel like I’m getting old with arthritis, I decided to take an electric sander to it versus a hand sand block, but either works well. You can use the sand paper by itself for the corners and hard to reach areas.
Once I finished sanding it, I wiped the tray from debris with a clean cloth (aka and old t-shirt).
I laid it out on a tarp in a well-ventilated area and spray painted with Krylon Citrus Green. I used two coats.
While the tray was drying I measured and cut the fabric with my Fiskars Rotary Cutter. I have to say that this is one of my favorite tools I use. It measures and cuts up to 24 inches! I’ve used it on projects like this fabric and lace bunting and it just made it so easy to make.
I used a spray adhesive to attach the fabric. I found it easiest to spray the back of the fabric and then place it on the tray, versus spraying the tray.
Tah-dah! I love the color combo. It’s perfect for summer and entertaining. It’s a simple trash to treasure project that I hope you try out!
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