I feel like spring is finally here in Syracuse. That could change, but the weather is starting to look up. Even though it is calling for a lot of rain, I will take that instead of snow – especially in April. In the warmer months we eat most of our meals outside on our patio. To carry everything, I am always running into the living room to empty our one tray and then load it up with plates and food to head outside.
This Ikea tray has been great, but I thought it was time I get another tray so this one can be the one to use when I need to carry things to our patio. Gracie was out of her bed as I was moving around and taking photos.
I would have loved to get another Ikea tray and spray it a fun color, but since our closest Ikea is four hours away, it wasn’t worth the drive. Lucky for me, though, I found this beauty.
It was only a couple of dollars, and I knew just what to do with it.
I decided to paint it a fun color and add some paper to the bottom. I used leftover paint I had from the chalkboard coffee table I painted for our Florida room. I did buy the Zebra paper from Hobby Lobby, and I had the Mod Podge and Spray Adhesive on hand. I actually can’t wait to wrap up a gift in this paper. I think it is so fun. First, I sanded and painted the tray.
Then I cut the wrapping paper close the size of the tray. I used the spray adhesive and slowly put the paper down. Along the edges I took a knife to trim the edges. After this step I applied a couple of thin coats of Mod Podge.
I think it is such a fun look, and it will be easy to change or add a new inside paper if I want to go in a different direction.
I am happy with the finished product. Here it is in our living room.
The funny thing I didn’t notice till putting the pictures in the post is the book on top of the magazines has a zebra. We are doing research for a vacation to South Africa next year, and this book has some good information. I hope the two zebra prints do not clash.
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