It is that time for the Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge so I decided to use what I already had from a previous shopping trip that my friend, Sue went on. This tray is pretty common in thrift stores and it is practical but plain. I took another one and make a LEGO table. I decided to discover how to upgrade a plain tray into a colorful one using what I had on hand.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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Now I definitely knew I wanted to decoupage the top of the tray so I selected a pretty piece of wrapping paper. That is the starting point on deciding what color to paint the wooden frame.
I mixed up a very pretty aqua using my favorite DIY chalk paint recipe. It is 1 part Plaster of Paris mixed with water and 3 parts of paint. I add enough water so it is like a crepe batter consistency.
It only took one coat to cover. Then I sanded it lightly in some areas and did touch up here and there. I really didn’t want it to be overly distressed.
Now, this is where I ran into trouble. I brushed the Mod Podge on the tray top and very carefully placed the paper cut to size on top. It crinkled and bubbled and looked awful. Someday I will conquer decoupage using paper, but not on this project.
Instead, I found a piece of fabric that matched the aqua paint. That was lucky because otherwise I would have had to repaint it. I just do better using fabric instead of paper. I laid the material on the tray and drew out the measurement and cut it out. Because I switched gears I used the Mod Podge for Fabric and had no problem getting a smooth finish. All you have to do is brush it on the tray top and lay the fabric down and smooth out the wrinkles and bubbles.
Once I trimmed up the edges of the fabric I cut 4 pieces of fabric 1/2 inch wide and the length of the short and long edge of the tray. I ironed the wrong sides together and used the Mod Podge to adhere the material to the edges to give it a nice finish. Put the raw edge of the material against the wood edge.
Since I planned on giving the tray an upgrade, I used a pearlized glazed. It was brushed over the entire piece. Even the fabric got the same treatment. It is hard to tell from the pictures but the tray glimmers and glistens including the top.
This tray really did get an upgrade from being plain and boring to being colorful and glistening.
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