You know you’re a little quirky when even your kids are wondering what you’re going to do with THAT. haha! Yes, I’m a true sucker for the dated and forlorn. Especially when it looks like this checkerboard wall art. You read that right…wall art. Well, it isn’t going to stay wall art any longer, but rather become a botanical print serving tray. Do you see it?
While this piece was hand-crafted in Sri Lanka, it has had it’s fair share of time to shine and I’m ready to get my DIY on. If you can see past the cutesy design, you’ll see a wooden tray just begging to shine. In addition, even the hardware on the back is falling off.
I’ve mentioned I envisioned a botanical print serving tray as the end result. To show you how I got there, I’ve created a video tutorial below as well as written out the steps for you here too.
First, I gave this “tray” two coats of a flat black spray paint. My goal was to make it cohesive as well as provide a dark layer that would peek out of my final coat.
Then, after the paint cured, I added a few feet made out of scrap wood using wood glue. I kept the profile low and the shape matched the design of the tray.
I let the glue cure over night and then added a single coat of a white paint using my paint brush.
Simple so far, right? Next, I wanted to add hardware to make this more of an official tray. I had a few handsome pulls leftover from my Art Deco buffet revival seen HERE.
I drilled pilot holes with my drill and then attached the pulls.
Now for the fun! I wanted to create a botanical print serving tray and in order to do that I needed to create a graphic for the center. I’ve used my wax paper transfer process before as seen in my last post as well as on this antique table.
The process is simple. Create your design and, if you like, print it on blank paper (it helps when lining things up). Cut out a similar size piece of freezer paper, wax paper, or even use the back of a sheet of printable labels. Use a spray adhesive to join. You just want a semi-slick surface to print on. I created my botanical print design using the images I found at A Burst of Beautiful.
Next, print IN REVERSE on the wax side of the paper and then place it into position being careful not to move it. While holding it in place with one hand, use a debit/credit card to press the design on. My video shows the best demo of this. Notice I printed my designs wrong. ahem. Ah well.
Then, let the ink cure a bit and then add a layer or two of a spray poly for protection.
Finally, now that dated wall art is now a beautiful botanical serving tray with much more purpose and style to it.
The pulls give a fun accent and usefulness to the tray, and the feet give it height.
My goal is to inspire you to give your second-hand goods another look. Maybe they just need a new look and purpose too?
Likewise, if you’d like to own this tray or any of the other goodies available, just head to my shop.
Additionally, pin and share my botanical print serving tray tutorial. It’s fun and I’m all about inspiring others.
Up next, this cutie of an accent table is worn and broken. With that in mind, come see the new look for this month’s Furniture Fixer Uppers time.
Well, well, well, looky there: something I would let into my house now, haha! WHAT an improvement! I’m glad you salvaged that poor wall “art”. It makes a MUCH happier tray!
You made me giggle! 😀 I’m glad you like it, Becky.
Love how you showed using the spray paint for the base coat! I’ve been wondering how to get that look when I have a piece that doesn’t start out with a dark base. So excited to try this, along with adding a print to a small table I’m working on, too!
You bet! I use that method all the time. Makes it nice and you can use any color to “peek” out. 🙂
You showed that checkerboard whose boss! Such a pretty tray – love the botanical print 🙂
bahaha!! You gave me a giggle I needed, Marie. Thanks!
Debra A Wise says
Well that checkerboard art just had to go. Great makeover using the botanical print and I love the scripture verse you put on it especially!
You are so right. tee hee! Thank you, Debra!
Love the worn look of the graphics?❤ Another beauty!
Thank you so much, Kim.
Love this upcycle! Inspired to go on the hunt to make my own. You are one talented woman.
That’s the spirit, Tess! 😀
That turned out beautifully Larissa. You really have great vision.
Thank you so much, Karen. 🙂
Larissa I’ve been looking for a tray that won’t break the bank but so far haven’t found one to my liking. This is a great idea to make my own if I come up with an old piece of wall art! On the hunt now! Did that sentence even make sense? It must be my jumbled brain. Anyway, you know what I mean! Pinning!!
There ya go! I love to hear that, Mary. Thank you!
Debbie Richards says
Looks beautiful. I love herb prints.
Thank you, Debbie. This certainly was a fun redo.