Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Mystery Thrift Off Reveal - Tray Chic

As you know per my previous blog post HERE,  I was chosen for the Mystery Thrift Off from the amazing blog,  BetterAfter!  Lindsey sent this little beauty to me and I had to make it over....

It was pretty scary and quite dusty so the first think I did was wipe it down, and dismantled it piece by piece.

The twine was wrapped so tightly it was insane not to mention the ridiculous amount of glue use to secure all the twine.  I seriously had to break out the big time hand tools to remove the twine.  Gross.

Once completed, I sanded it and painted it.  At the end of May here in Chicago, it was seriously in the 40s so spray painting outside was difficult at best.  I sprayed quickly and then had to move everything into the house to dry immediately.   But the end result was worth it.

To make the base of the tray, I cut out two circles of pine wood and painted one a bright orange for summer and one a deep navy, my favorite color, for the 4th of July!  I made it so the tray is interchangeable because I could not decide on a color.

Here is the finished product of the orange tray.  I added small round balls for feet for a touch of whimsy.  I think it really turned out cute.  

And here are the final products!  I cannot wait to use it for the 4th of July or a summer soiree!

Thank you for stopping by to check out my tray makeover!  What do you think?  ;-)


  1. Love what you did with this thrift store find- looks amazing!

  2. Hey, Tracy! You say that no one ever comes to comment on your blog, so I am coming over from Thrift Diving to comment! :) That tray is AWESOME!!! You used a radiator cover, right? I just bought one and I can't wait to find something to do with it. This is a great idea!!! Keep blogging, girl. You put in the work, and the people will come! I promise! :)