My latest thrift store find is a simple DIY makeover for an ugly tray. The pretty part of the tray? It was twenty-five cents! A little spray paint, chalk paint and a stencil and it went from old and ugly to fresh and coastal. Not only was this super cheap, it was also super easy!
When I saw this tray, I wasn’t very interested in it. The base had some kind of fake wood finish on it and the metal band around it was dull with a little rust. I didn’t think it was worth the effort it would take to transform its look. That was before I looked at the price. It was marked at .50 and that day was half off day on household items. For .25 it seemed a lot more appealing!
I cleaned it up using some TSP All Purpose Heavy Duty Cleaner, then wiped it down and it was ready for painting. I used Rust-oleum Ultra Cover Paint + Primer in Sage Green. I used this instead of the usual Valspar paint because I wasn’t sure how well Valspar would adhere to the faux wood and metal. I gave it two coats and allowed it to dry completely.
Once it was dry, I sprayed it with Krylon Matte Finish and allowed that to dry. I didn’t want a shiny finish and this works great for the look I wanted.
I used an anchor stencil in the center of the tray and painted it using chalk paint.
After two coats of chalk paint, I was happy with how it turned out. I gave it one more spray with the Krylon Finish to seal it.
I’m always looking for inexpensive ways to add coastal decor to my home. Using paint-a crafter’s best friend-I managed to do just that.
What’s your latest thrift store find?