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DIY Tiled Tray ~ A Thrifty Makeover

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.

Thrifted Bed Tray Before by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Top of Thrifted Tray | prodigalpieces.com

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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.

DIY TIME

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.

Sun Yellow Spray Paint | prodigalpieces.com

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:

DIY Tiled Tray Tiling Supplies | prodigalpieces.com

This is what I had on hand from our home remodel, but also from my DIY Faux Brick Tutorial.

NEXT STEPS

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.

How to Apply Tile Adhesive to DIY Tiled Tray | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Applying the Tile to DIY Tiled Tray by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Last, I let the tile adhesive cure overnight. That will make it much easier to apply grout without ruining our spacing.

Finally, I add the grout by pressing it into the joints, then wiping clean. See video demo for details.

Applying Grout to DIY Tiled Tray by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodiaglpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #entertaining #home #homedecor

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. Then, you can apply your grout sealant once the grout cures, if you prefer.

Applying Grout Sealer to DIY Tiled Tray | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #vintage #home #homedecor

THE REVEAL

Finally, here is my DIY tiled tray ready to take on making someone’s day.

Modern Farmhouse DIY Tiled Tray in Yellow by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #modern #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Top View Tiled Tray by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #diy #home #homedecor

Subscribe to Prodigal Pieces on YouTube for DIY video tutorials and a whole lotta fun | prodigalpieces.com

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?

Modern Tiled Serving Tray by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #modern #farmhouse #entertaining #home

Fun Farmhouse Tiled Tray with DIY Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #homedecor

ANNIVERSARY

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.

#Trashure by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #blogger #influencer #diy

Let’s have a brownie to celebrate, shall we?

Breakfast Snack in Bed on Tiled Tray by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #bedroom #diy

If you’d like to make this tray your own, you can find it available in my online shop. (SOLD)

Shop Prodigal Pieces Furniture, Vintage Finds, Handmade Goods, & Supplies for your home | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Also, do pin and share this thrifted bed tray makeover to inspire others to give DIY a try too. It’s fun!

Grab that thrift store tray and turn it into a DIY Tiled Tray with step-by-step video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #entertaining #video #tutorial

Up next, this I’m starting the makeovers of this curbside loot. Would you have picked it up? Stay tuned…

Curbside Furniture Found by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Comments

  1. Lori Sawyer says

    I love the tray! Yellow anything makes me happy

    • Larissa says

      You and me both. I’m wearing a yellow shirt now. haha. Thanks!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I wanted to have a smile be made when its seen. 😀

  2. Claudine says

    Happy Blogaversary & Congratulations! This tray is adorable and perfect for Mother’s Day! 🙂

  3. JO-ANN says

    Congratulations on your eight year anniversary, love your blog. The combination of the sunny yellow and that tile on your tray reminds me of summer and daisies, very pretty.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you! Crazy how time flies when you’re constantly busy…haha. You got what I was after…daisies. yay!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Denise. I was such a different person 8 years ago. Wow!

  4. Becky says

    Happy 8th birthday!!! Eight years of goodness! 😊😊😊
    Cute tray! I’ll use this as guidance as I tile my mom’s tray. She picked up tiles in Mexico for an embarrassing number of years ago. (Not that I’ve been procrastinating all that time, but the tiles have been sitting around my house for the last 2+ years, eek!) Thanks!

    • Larissa says

      haha. You are certainly not alone when it comes to things like that. Thank you for the birthday wishes, Becky!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! It’s been so gray and dumpy here – I needed some sunshine! 😀

  5. Mary Loveland says

    The tray is really cute but OMG WOMAN! What a hall!!! Can’t wait for you to share!

    • Larissa says

      haha! Funny thing is that I didn’t want any more stuff. 😀 I couldn’t just leave it there. tee hee!

  6. Christy James says

    You can’t help but smile when you see this tray! Love the yellow with the black and white tile! XOXO

  7. Shelley S says

    When our thrift stores and auction houses reopen I’ll be keeping an eye out for a tray like this because your’s inspired me to do a slightly different version. I plan to keep the outside of the tray wood if possibly, or failing that paint it a gloss black, then use the same adorable vintage looking tile – EXCEPT – I’ll paint the black tiles intense yellow, leave white flower “petals” around each yellow tile, then paint the in-between tiles green.

    I’ll probably buy enough tile to make some matching coasters and rivers too, but maybe vary the flower center and petal colors.

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  8. Katie says

    I love this! I’ve never done any tile work or used scary things like grout 😂 so this looks a little intimidating but I might just try it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Larissa says

      You can do it, Katie! Grout is just sand in a pasty material, so it’s messy, but very forgiving. If you find it needs more after it cures, you can fill in and repeat. 😀

  9. Marie says

    What a sweet, happy, summery tray upcycle, Larissa!

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