This month, our blogging group is participating in an Upcycle Challenge. The challenge was to upcycle an item made of glass, metal, or plastic. I’m sharing a thrift store find that got a colorful makeover. I’ll be using it in my craft room and once the room got a peacock decor and color palette look, this tray will fit in nicely.
We encourage to you visit our blogging friends and see how they met the Upcycle Challenge this month. We can’t wait to check them out!
Thrift Store Find Tray Makeover ~ Upcycle Challenge
I’ve found several items at my local Goodwill that I’ve used for trays. One of my favorites wasn’t a tray at all to begin with. I painted a large picture frame, added a stencil, and some knobs to upcyle the frame into a coffee table tray.
Another Goodwill find was a wicker tray that got a coastal makeover.
A circular metal tray got a nautical look.
I have several more that are waiting for makeovers. Frequently when I visit Goodwill, they have an assortment of trays and at least one makes it home with me. That’s where I found the tabletop tray that I’m sharing for this month’s upcycle challenge.
Unlike some very often used and worn out items that I find at thrift stores, this tray was in perfect condition. It still had a West Elm price sticker on the bottom. It didn’t appear to have ever been used. It sold West Elm for $22.00.
I wouldn’t pay that for a melamine tray. The color was not one that I would have chosen either. Goodwill had it priced at $2.99. Sold!
Before giving the tray a makeover, I had been using it to hold my hot glue gun. It was a convenient place to set the gun while it was turned on and if the gun fell over, it was still contained. After a while of using it for that, I decided that I would paint it to match my craft room and continue using it for the hot glue gun.
As it turned out, having the neon green color worked well as the base color for the tray. I planned on using Krylon Glitter Blast Sparklin Waters Spray paint for the tray.
I’m using lots of shades of teal, turquoise, and blue in my craft room. Since this paint isn’t intended to provide complete coverage, having hints of the green underneath gave me a look that I like for the space.
I gave it two coats and was satisfied with the coverage. I could have left it like that, but I wanted to make it pretty as well as functional. First, I lined it with card stock.
I added a strip of pretty ribbon along the lower sides of the tray. I hot glued the ribbon onto the tray at the spot the ribbon met.
The final touch was to add a few decorative stones onto the ribbon. These are hot glued in place.
I use a glass trivet to hold my hot glue gun. I like using glass because any drips or blobs of glue can be pried off easily once the glue hardens. I added a few self adhesive gems around the trivet to add a little more color. The trivet is not attached to the tray.
This is an upcyle that anyone can do! All you need is some paint and a few embellishments and a thrift store tray can be transformed to fit into your decor. I like that it’s both functional and pretty.
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Tabletop Tray ~ Upcycle Challenge
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