Disclaimer: my favorite kind of DIY project ideally takes less than ten minutes. If there are more than two steps involved in any crafty project, it’s probably not going to get finished on my clock. I guess that puts me in the lazy DIY category. Or the too-busy-with-farm-animals-and-kids category? I hope to someday be much better at this.
I recently took a so-so tray, found on clearance years ago, and gave it a fresh look. It was black and had a cheap, all-wrong pattern on it, so I picked it up thinking I would paint a cool hand-painted monogram over it or do something else unrealistic. Ultimately, the tray landed wayyyyy in the back of a kitchen cabinet. When we started packing for our move, I found the sad little tray and had another idea: “Why don’t I just cut down one of my wallpaper samples and pop it in the bottom?” Derrrr. It was so easy that pics/directions are not even necessary.
Here is my cute little tray after his mini face-lift.
I paired him with a vintage silver tea service that belonged to Peter before we met. Don’t get too excited, my husband doesn’t go antiquing…the silver service actually came with a lake house he had bought. And technically it’s not even silver. But I think it’s adorable.
To give the tray grouping some interest, I popped a little succulent in the sugar dish. I love some succulent with my sugggahh don’t you? Don’t forget the hot tea.
And in just a few seconds you have a sassy new tray. Great thing to do if you’re entertaining and want to change your colors or style, or you’re changing the look for a new season. You can see I wasn’t too OCD on my project, as there are nice scuff marks all along the front of the tray. Oops. We’ll blame it on the kids ; )
Trays are everywhere these days. And in super fun colors! One pretty idea would be to cover the inside of a crisp, white modern tray with grasscloth. I’ll have to give that one a shot for summertime dining on the porch. I might be able to handle some white spray paint.