Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Decorative Serving Tray

Hi Everyone!  Today I'm sharing how I transformed an old wood tray into a customizable decorative serving tray.  When I bought the tray (years ago) it was a cherry color wood with silver handles.  Unfortunately I don't have a true before picture because I sprayed it white before I started this blog.  This is how it's looked for the past few months ~


I thought it needed to be warmed up a little...the bright white paint just looked like primer to me. I also didn't love the way the silver handles looked with the white.  As you can see I just had a scrap of fabric in the bottom which wasn't very functional.

So I sprayed the handles with my new favorite spray paint ~


It's Rust-Oleum metallic brass.



The tray itself also got a fresh coat of paint in a warmer heirloom white. I wanted to add some color or pattern to the inside of the tray but I also like to be able to change things up depending on the season, holiday...or my mood. So instead of painting or decoupaging, I picked up some scrapbook paper and cut a piece of glass to size.


Now I'm able to easily change the look of the tray just by switching out the the decorative paper ~


The glass protects the paper, is easy to wipe clean, and gives it a nice finished look.  You can pick up a piece of glass very inexpensively from your local frame shop or hardware store.  Just make sure the measurement you give them is around 1/8" to 1/4" smaller than the actual opening so that you can get the glass in and out without any hassle, and to avoid scraping up your paint job.


And there you go ~ a decorative serving tray that is completely customizable! A super easy way to bring different accent colors and pattern into your room whenever the season, holiday, or your mood changes!


I hope your week is off to a great start! We are loving this taste of spring we've had here in the Midwest this week, it's been wonderful!

Tootles,
Sarah

*I'm linking this project up to some of these great blogs... 

24 comments:

  1. Just popped over from Southern Lovely link party. What a lovely transformation, love the gold handles! Following along via GFC and Linky.

    Kelly @ herringbone lane

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    1. Thanks so much Kelly! I'll pop over and visit you too!
      Sarah

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  2. This is super cute! Love this transformation!

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  3. Great idea to use the glass and to be able to change the paper!

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    1. Thank you, I think I'll get so much more use out of it this way. It's those simple little decorative touches that can make such a big difference!

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  4. Visiting from Transformation Thursday! I love this project! Such a great idea and you are truly talented!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    blessings,
    karianne

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    1. Thank you so much for leaving such a nice comment Karianne! I appreciate your popping in for a visit!

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  5. visiting from positively splendid. I really love how this turned out, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Anel, it was such an inexpensive and super easy project!

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  6. Hi Sarah!

    Your tray looks fantastic and will be even more versatile now that it can be switched up however you like. Scrapbook paper is a great design tool. I posted a tray makeover today, too and would love for you to have a peek!

    Thanks for sharing your lovely project!

    Claire @ alittlesomethinginthemeantime.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Claire, Your chalkboard painted tray turned out awesome!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  7. Your tray looks so classy! What a wonderful job!

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  8. I LOVE THIS!! Thanks so much for linking up at Live Laugh Linky! You'll be featured this week. YAY. Hope to see you again on Thursday.

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    1. Yay! Thanks so much. Also thanks for hosting the awesome networking blog hop!

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  9. That is very, very pretty. Cindy

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  10. This is beautiful! I love that you can customize it by changing the paper. I would love for you to share this at my link party on Friday.

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  11. Great idea. I love the ability to change the whole look with the background paper! I'll have to pin this!

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  12. Your tray is great-following you from Kate's party-stop by for a visit!

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  13. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing. Spotted you Censational Girl.

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  14. Very cool! Love that you can continue to change it out with different papers.

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