Today’s post has been a long time coming. I’ve had this cute little tray sitting in my garage waiting for a makeover for no less than two years. I went through a phase a while back where I bought a bunch of thrift store items with project potential. Then life happened… as it generally does.
My parents recently bought a beach house and I started scouring my garage for items they could use in the new house. My mom generally prefers to buy new, but she won’t turn down a good thrifty makeover. So the tray seemed like a perfect start.
It was in decent shape, but needed a good paint job. I was actually able to pull it apart and use a spray primer to coat each of the individual pieces.
Then I used a brush to paint a layer of bright white paint on everything.
I reassembled the pieces and used a small amount of wood glue to keep it from coming apart. Then I painted it with one more layer of white paint.
Next I painted an anchor onto the center of the tray using my easy DIY stencil method and some navy paint.
I used a small paint brush to clean up the edges of the design and fill in any gaps.
I almost left it at that, but I decided the tray needed one more feature. So I rifled through my craft arsenal and dug up some jute twine.
I cut two long pieces of twine and wrapped them around the tray handles using a hot glue gun to hold the twine in place.
It had the desired effect. It added a little texture and color to an otherwise clean, but somewhat boring, piece.
Once I was happy with the look, I added a layer of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax to protect the paint.
I just followed the instructions right on the can. Rub on, wait 15 minutes, rub in. Easy peasy.
I was quite pleased with the result. Sometimes simple goes a long way.
Mom liked it too!