Hey everyone! Welcome to another upcycle challenge. For today’s challenge, you’ll never believe this DIY tray makeover!
- 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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So, this project actually started about 2 years ago. I had this old table in my basement for the longest time and finally decided to pull it out one day to see what I could do with it.
I decided to take it apart and this was the first thing I made with the top two tiers. You can see this sweet cupcake stand project HERE.
I love it! The leftover bottom tier ended up in my basement again because as a true DIY’er/hoarder, I couldn’t seem to toss it. It ended up getting pretty beat up over time and I was surprised just how much when I went to dig it out for this project.
Needless to say it needed a lot of TLC. We had to glue the pieces back on and also fill the whole in. We used wood glue to fix the edges and the layers of laminate wood that make up the base. We clamped it and let the glue dry overnight.
Then we filled in the hole in the middle with wood filler. We used a wide putty knife to spread it out flat and let that dry overnight as well. It still had some cracks in it when it was dry so I went over that with some spackle.
It was nice and smooth and ready for paint. I didn’t bother priming because I was using chalk paint and wanted it to be fairly worn in spots.
Can you believe it?!? So much different, right? At this point I considered adding handles on this DIY tray but could not find the right thing. I think I may look for some small barn door handles at Brimfield but for now it stays as is. I also tried adding little “feet” but it just didn’t look right. I decided in the long run just to distress the edges and call it a day. Here she is all done…
This DIY tray came out so pretty and can be used for any season. It’ll be a great addition to my spring decor. You can see my full Spring Home Tour next week but until then, here’s a sneak peak.
Lots of robin’s egg blue, mixed metals and farmhouse charm so stay tuned. You can see last year’s tour HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you have any upcycle projects in the works? For some amazing inspiration, check out my creative friend’s projects below. 🙂