Turn a thrift store find tray into pretty Thanksgiving décor using paint and vinyl lettering. This Thankful Tray is a great decorative accent on our foyer table or it can be used as a drink serving tray.
Don’t overlook those cheap thrift store find trays. Turn them into décor that matches your style.
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Welcome to the monthly Thrift Store Challenge! I’m happy to again join the monthly challenge! Each month participants are challenged to:
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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Thankful Tray Using Cricut
I found this plain tray at my local Goodwill not long ago. It was nothing special, but I loved the scroll look of the metal. I picked it up for $2.99. For its makeover, I used white chalk paint, small cap legs, and my Cricut to create a Thanksgiving design.
With chalk paint, the first coat almost always looks awful. You just need a bit of patience to allow it to dry and once you add a second coat, you’ll be pleased with the new look.
After two coats of chalk paint, the tray was already looking better. Once the second coat was dry, I sprayed the tray with Rust-Oleum Chalked Protective Topcoat.
To give the tray a bit of height, I bought a set of four caps in unfinished wood.
Each of them got two coats of chalk paint. Here’s where I tell you that I should have added the legs before I sprayed the protective topcoat on the tray so they would be protected, too. I gave the legs a quick coat of protective finish before attaching them to the tray.
To make sure the legs stay put, I used Gorilla Clear Grip glue. Carpenter’s glue or E6000 would work as well. I would avoid using hot glut for this because you want to make sure they legs stay attached.
I think adding the legs gives the tray a much better look than leaving it flat.
Next, I used Magnolia font in Cricut Design Space to create the design for the tray. It’s cut from brown vinyl and attached to the tray using transfer paper after weeding.
I added a fall leaf sprig to one corner of the tray. I had thought I would add more of them, but decided that keeping it simple was best. It would have looked a little cluttered with more of them.
This was a simple makeover, but I’m happy with how it turned out. It looks nice on our foyer table along with some copper accent pieces I use for fall.
The tray can also be used to hold wine glasses on a buffet. The leaf pattern glasses look good on it. Those glasses are from Dollar Tree and I bought them at least five years ago. They have held up great!
Another use for the tray could be for serving drinks. If guests are seated on the sofa, it can be a great coffee table drink tray.
I love when I find inexpensive items at thrift stores that can be transformed into décor pieces that work with my style. It’s such a budget friendly way to get the look you love for less.
What’s your latest thrift store find makeover? I’d love to read about it in the comments.
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Thrift Store Find Tray Makeover for Thanksgiving
Supply List for Thankful Tray Makeover
- Thrift Store Find Tray
- White Chalk Paint and Brush
- Clear Matte Chalky Finish Spray
- Unfinished Craft Wood Caps
- Cricut Cutting Machine & Weeding Tools
- Transfer Paper
- Gorilla Glue
More Thrift Store Find Tray Makeovers
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