Botanical Print Serving Tray Upcycled

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?

Thrifted Checkerboard Wall Art Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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. Even the hardware on the back was falling off.

Thrifted Checkerboard Wall Art Hardware Falling Off | prodigalpieces.com

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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.

DIY TIME

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.

Rustoleum Flat Black Spray Paint for Botanical Print Serving Tray | prodigalpieces.com

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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.

Gluing Feet to Botanical Print Serving Tray by prodigalpieces.com

I let the glue cure over night and then added a single coat of a white paint using my Square Brush.

Painting Upcycled Wall Art Serving Tray by prodigalpieces.com

Simple so far, right? Next, I wanted to add hardware to make this more of an official tray. I had a few of these handsome pulls leftover from my Art Deco buffet revival seen HERE.

Drilling Pilot Holes for Hardware on Botanical Print Serving Tray DIY | prodigalpieces.com

I drilled pilot holes with my drill and then attached the pulls.

Attaching Hardware to Upcycled Serving Tray | prodigalpieces.com

GRAPHIC TOUCHES

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.

Wax Paper Image Transfer Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Then, let the ink cure a bit and then add a layer or two of a spray poly for protection.

ALL DONE

Now that dated wall art is now a beautiful botanical serving tray with much more purpose and style to it.

Upcycled Farmhouse Style Serving Tray with Botanical Print | Video tutorial on how to transfer an image by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #vintage #homedecor #farmhouse #videos

DIY Botanical Serving Tray Video tutorial on how to transfer an image by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #vintage #homedecor #farmhouse #videos

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The pulls give a fun accent and usefulness to the tray, and the feet give it height.

Footed Serving Tray with Botanical Print Design by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #farmhouse #home #homedecor #homedecorideas

Farmhouse Style Botanical Serving Tray with Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #farmhouse #diy #homedecor #homedecorideas

My goal is to inspire you to give your second-hand goods another look. Maybe they just need a new look and purpose too?

If  you’d like to own this tray or any of the other goodies available, just head to my shop.

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Handmade Botanical Print Serving Tray with Scripture by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #vintage #home #homedecor #shopping #homedecorideas

Do pin and share my botanical print serving tray tutorial. It’s fun and I’m all about inspiring others.

Wow! Who knew that dated wall art could become a beautiful botanical serving tray?! Video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Head to prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #handmade #vintage #farmhouse #homedecorideas

Up next, this cutie of an accent table is worn and broken. See the new look for this month’s Furniture Fixer Uppers time.

Vintage Accent Table Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comblog signature

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18 Comments

  • Becky

    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!

    February 26, 2019 at 8:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You made me giggle! 😀 I’m glad you like it, Becky.

      February 26, 2019 at 8:28 am Reply
  • Beth

    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!

    February 26, 2019 at 8:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You bet! I use that method all the time. Makes it nice and you can use any color to “peek” out. 🙂

      February 26, 2019 at 8:55 am Reply
  • Marie

    You showed that checkerboard whose boss! Such a pretty tray – love the botanical print 🙂

    February 26, 2019 at 11:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      bahaha!! You gave me a giggle I needed, Marie. Thanks!

      February 26, 2019 at 11:35 am Reply
  • Debra A Wise

    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!

    February 26, 2019 at 4:58 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so right. tee hee! Thank you, Debra!

      February 26, 2019 at 9:07 pm Reply
  • Kim

    Love the worn look of the graphics😊❤ Another beauty!

    February 27, 2019 at 4:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Kim.

      February 27, 2019 at 5:20 am Reply
  • Tess

    Love this upcycle! Inspired to go on the hunt to make my own. You are one talented woman.

    February 27, 2019 at 1:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s the spirit, Tess! 😀

      February 28, 2019 at 6:37 am Reply
  • Karen

    That turned out beautifully Larissa. You really have great vision.

    February 28, 2019 at 9:56 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Karen. 🙂

      March 1, 2019 at 7:41 pm Reply
  • Mary

    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!!

    March 1, 2019 at 4:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      There ya go! I love to hear that, Mary. Thank you!

      March 1, 2019 at 7:43 pm Reply
  • Debbie Richards

    Looks beautiful. I love herb prints.

    July 27, 2019 at 8:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Debbie. This certainly was a fun redo.

      July 28, 2019 at 5:31 am Reply

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