I have no idea how long I have owned these TV trays, but I would venture to say over 15 years. They have probably been hiding away in a closet for ten of those years. I think every home has these (kind of like the Monopoly board game), but I’m not sure how often they are used. I personally, have forgotten about them because they were tucked away, and they were tucked away because they didn’t match my furniture and home décor. So, instead of selling them at a garage sale I’m planning on having in a couple weeks, I thought I’d do a TV Tray Upcycle instead and do a trash to treasure project.
Here is the before photo.
Clean your tray tables. Mine were dusty! If there are tough stains, you can lightly sand them with 150-grit sand paper.
Paint your base color and allow it to dry. I chose to just paint the top because I like the contrast of the light wood on the bottom. I think it makes it look more interesting.
Apply your stencils with paint and a spouncer stencil brush. A spouncer makes your life easier, and reduces or even eliminates bleeding. I have a ton of stenciling tips on my Burlap Stenciled placemat post.
I worked with all four tables at once, washing and cleaning my stencil and brushes in between. Allow your paint to dry in between stenciling. I took my time so it took me a couple days to do this.
If you’re like me, you have some bleeding mistakes, so after I finished stenciling, I used a small paint brush and the base color and touched it up.
That’s it! Prettier trays = more use. They are no longer hidden in my closet!