One of the ways I love to relax is to sit in bed and either read a book or watch tv. It feels a little like going to a hotel but I'm at home. I'll often have a drink or snack, just like I would at a hotel. The problem is I'm not the most coordinated and I tend to get crumbs all over the place so I came up with this idea of using a tray. Whenever possible I prefer to up-cycle or reuse. I'm also not a big fan of having the exact same thing as everyone else so I set out to find a tray I could refinish.
I found a tray at one of the local thrift shops. It wasn't pretty but it's functional so that was perfect! I think it was only $3 so even better!
The other great thing about this project is that it doesn't require any sewing so if you don't have a sewing machine or can't sew this is simple little project.
In case you're wondering, here is the list of supplies for this project:
- Thrift store tray
- Mod Podge (Waterproof variety)
- Paint brush
- Fabric (I used recycled fabric from a skirt)
- White paint (I used baseboard paint since that's what I have on hand)
- Exacto knife (optional)
The first thing I did was I sanded the tray. It had a shiny finish and I find the paint sticks better if you sand it first.
Once the tray was sanded I wiped it down to get rid of the dust and then started painting. Don't worry about going into the middle of the tray since that will be covered. I even painted the bottom.
It took 4 coats of paint before it covered enough. I let the tray dry for 24 hours before going on to the next step.
The next part was a little more difficult since I can be a little indecisive. There were a few fabrics to choose from but I ended up going with the beautiful orange fabric. You don't need to use fabric. You could use paper instead but I use what I have on hand.
I place my tray over top the fabric and traced around it making it slightly larger than my tray.
After tracing the fabric I cut it out and then placed it inside the tray to see what it looked like.
Next, I removed the fabric and coated the inside of the tray with Modge Podge and then placed the fabric back. To smooth it out I used my hands but if you don't like the mess you could use stiff cardboard and or a ruler.
The fabric stretched a little over the sides but thats ok because I'll just cut away the excess once it's dry.
Now that the fabric is in place I covered it with a coat of Mod Podge to seal it. The Mod Podge goes on white but dries clear. And now I wait. This variety if Mod Podge takes 24 hours to dry.
After the Mod Podge was almost dry I realized I should have painted the inside of the tray as the colour showed through so I pulled the fabric off.
I then painted the inside of the tray and then reapplied the fabric first adding a coating of Modge Podge, the fabric, and then another coat of Modge Podge.
Now that the tray is dry I used my exacto knife to cut away the excess fabric.
And that's it! The edges of the fabric aren't perfect but I love it!
I also made a photo frame using the same technique, the only differences is that I didn't paint the frame and I used overlapping fabrics. I think it's the perfect frame for a photo of my kids when they were much younger.