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Thrift Store Tray Makeover

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It’s time for Thrift Store Decor, I love this time of the month. Today I’m sharing my Thrift Store Tray Makeover. Be sure to go see all the other projects at the end of the post!

I’ve been going through my stash in the garage, I told Barry that I promise to makeover stuff that I already bought from Goodwill before I run over there for something else. I am so excited about the way this turned out!

Easy to make tray for patio

You all already know this but I swear paint can do so much for these thrifty finds. I just wish I could use it on my face and have a dramatic change, haha!

Made with Chalk Couture chalkology paste

Here’s how the tray started out. When I shop at Goodwill or any thrift store I always look for real wood items. I’m not sure what this was but I see tray when I look at it.

Thrift Store Tray Makeover - Easy DIY tray for patio

Supplies used to transform this thrift store tray (or use a tray you already have).

  1. Tray
  2. Spray Paint
  3. Craft Paint
  4. Sponge brush
  5. Sand paper
  6. Clear polyurethane
  7. Stencil or Silk Screen Transfer (see all stencils Silk Screen Stencils I am an independent designer for Chalk Couture)
  8. Chalk paste in these colors: Black, Thai Teal and  Canary
  • Dust or clean your tray, between the thrift store and being stored in the garage this one was a little dirty.
  • Sand tray if needed, mine was a little rough in several spots. I used 220 grit sand paper.
  • Paint the tray with any spray paint as directed on the can. I applied one coat and let it dry completely.
  • Paint stripes, I did not use painters tape but you can. I wanted a free-hand striped look. You can use any craft paint that you have on hand.
  • Thrift Store Tray Makeover - Easy DIY tray for patio
  • Sand lightly to distress (optional)

Sand thrift store tray

  • Apply top coat of clear polyurethane. Let it dry.
  • Apply stencil or transfer. I used a Chalk Couture transfer and Chalkology chalk paste.Use transfer or stencil

Watch the video for more details on the Thrift Store Tray Makeover

  • Spray with polyurethane to protect your stencil/transfer design.

Distressed tray from thrift store find

I hope you enjoyed this little old wood tray makeover!

Lemonade Tray fro thrifty find

Be sure to check out all the other Thrift Store Transformations:

Basket Wreath Makeover
Easy Patriotic Decorations
Small Wooden DIY Pedestal Planter Made with a Spindle
Thrift Store Tray Makeover
Jewelry Hanger from a Refreshed Memo Board
Vintage Tea Towel Calendar
1960’s Wooden Salad Bowl Repurpose
DIY Painted Flower Pots

Must see ideas for all these Thrift Store Items!

Pin it for later, and get out and find you a wood tray to paint  🙂

Thrift store tray makeover

    9 thoughts on “Thrift Store Tray Makeover”

    1. Love this tray. Just the right thing to brighten a summer lunch or dinner on the deck! Love the painted Mason jar with lemonade in it and the lemon slices you painted on. What a great job. Give yourself a pat on the back for this project!

    2. Awesome project Debbie! I love, love, love the video. Have you done a video showing how you clean the transfers?
      I shared this project on my facebook page…. it’s doing pretty well for the reach.

      Super job!

      I AM going to buy some Chalk Couture, but I know I won’t be as creative as you are!!


      ps pinning!


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