Today is a good day for a makeover…make that five Trash to Treasure makeovers. Yay! I’m joining my blogger friends for our monthly fun of inspiring you with our DIY work. For my project, I picked this thrifted bed tray to give a new look. These are so handy, aren’t they? It’s going to become my DIY tiled tray tutorial.
This one is made in a simple design and is also kind of lightweight. I want to improve the function and style and show you how too. To make it an easy visual, I’ve created a video tutorial below, but also have the steps outlined here for you as well.
In all honestly, I’m not the first one to create a DIY tiled tray, by any means, but this one will be fun to do. Are you ready? Let’s get started.
First, I begin by wiping the tray down with a vinegar/water mix (2:1 ratio) to remove the crusty food remnants and get the wood ready for paint. Then, I break out this happy Sun Yellow spray paint.
I apply one coat of paint and then get ready to tile.
Here’s the basic supplies you need to tile a tray of your own:
- tile – feel free to mix it up
- adhesive (Liquid Nails, Tile Adhesive, E6000…many options)
- grout – preferably a premixed-sanded version
- putty knife
- tile snips (if needed)
- tile sealer (if desired)
This is what I had on hand from our home remodel, but also from my DIY Faux Brick Tutorial.
Next, to get started, I use my putty knife and tile adhesive to lay down a layer I can work work. You’ll want to spread it on fairly smooth so that you don’t have much cleanup later, but thick enough it grips the tile.
While I’m just laying down the tile as-is, feel free to peel them apart and create a unique design. Have fun with it! Then, as I work my way down, I finish by placing tile by hand to fill in the design.
Last, I let the tile adhesive cure overnight. That will make it much easier to apply grout without ruining our spacing.
Further, I add the grout by pressing it into the joints, then wiping clean. See video demo for details.
This too, will take time to cure – just follow manufacturer instructions. In addition, one word of caution, don’t dump your rinse water down your kitchen sink or in-home plumbing. Dump it outside. After that, you can apply your grout sealant once the grout cures, if you prefer.
Finally, here is my DIY tiled tray ready to take on making someone’s day.
Likewise, I don’t know about you, but I’ll take a treat or breakfast, or book served up on this tray. How can you not smile with that happy yellow?
Not only am I excited about sharing this post, but I’m also celebrating 8 years of blogging today. Crazy, right? I can’t believe 8 years ago I signed up for my $10 domain name on Mother’s Day because I had hit a point of change. Likewise, I had no idea that this would all come of an initiative fueled by a desire to be heard, to inspire, and to share my passion.
Thank you to all of you who make what I do possible, show me awesome love, and give me a reason to do what I do. To all of you who are debating on starting a new adventure, the time is NOW. Don’t wait! Seize the day.
Let’s have a brownie to celebrate, shall we?
If you’d like to make this tray your own, you can find it available in my online shop.
Also, do pin and share this thrifted bed tray makeover to inspire others to give DIY a try too. It’s fun!
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