Summer Tray Upcycle

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.


Ikea tray

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.


Tray Before

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.



Tray before

It was only a couple of dollars, and I knew just what to do with it.



Tray supplies

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.


Tray close up

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.


Zebra tray

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.


Tray after

I am happy  with the finished product. Here it is in our living room.


Tray After

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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  1. says

    Hi there! I’m visiting from Wow Us Wednesdays. I’m so glad I found your blog! I love the fact that it is a mother/daughter blog. I have that same wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby. My niece was thrilled when I wrapped her b-day present in it with a big, hot pink bow. 🙂 Your tray looks great! I also like the fact that it’s so easy to change up from time to time. I’m off to explore more of your blog now. 🙂

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