Thrifted Tray Makeover ~ Budget DIY Project

Does making your house into a home seem daunting at times? Or maybe you would love to update, but think you can’t afford it? You CAN. Especially if you have a thrift store near by. Does it mean you will have it all in a day. No. However, it does mean that there is oodles of possibilities just waiting for you to find them. Check out how I took this thrifted tray and gave a makeover like noneother. {{three snaps and a Z formation – yes, I’m nutty like that}}

Thrifted Tray Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces |

So, I have to ask…would you have bought this in the current condition? It’s pretty stinkin’ ugly, that’s for sure. However, notice that the frame is solid wood, the glass, though disgustingly dirty, is free of chips and damage. It even still has both handles. Folks, we have a winner for a makeover.

First up, I remove the felt backing…

Removing Tray Back for Makeover Purposes | Prodigal Pieces |

…then bent the nails out of the way that were holding the tray pieces in place.

Bending Tray Nails | Prodigal Pieces |

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It took out the awful cardboard pieces and then the glass and set aside. Now, for the fun part…Paint! My choice for this project is one of my favorite spray paints, Heirloom White by RustOleum. After giving the frame a good cleaning, it’s time to have some fun.

RustOleum Heirloom White for Thrifted Tray Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

When handling a small project like this, I always use my small spray shelter. It saves me from telling my husband his saw has blue paint all over it because a smurf exploded. ahem.

Small Spray Shelter by HomeRight for Home Decor Projects by Prodigal Pieces |

After a couple of coats of paint, I decided to take this thrifted tray to a new level…literally. Since I have an endless stash of leftover knobs and pulls, I decided to take these wooden knobs from my Ikea Hack and add them to the bottom of my tray. They got the same color of white as the tray.

Repurposed Furniture Knobs for Tray Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

I decided to pitch that cardboard inlay of the tray that was behind the glass and replace it with some hardboard. You seriously need to get a 4′ x 8′ sheet of that stuff to just have on hand. I use it all the time for my chalkboards, etc. See my other projects HERE.

On top of the hardboard, I decided to go with one of these wallpaper samples I received from Walls Republic (they will send you free samples!). Yes, I am going to be hanging wallpaper in my near future. This stuff is not only gorgeous, but easy to use and remove. You can see how I’ve used in these past posts.

Walls Republic Wallpaper Samples | Prodigal Pieces |

The glass was in great shape, but disgusting. I just cleaned it up with rubbing alcohol to remove the sticky substances and stains. Then put it all back together.

Take a looky…

Farmhouse Tray Vignette for Table Centerpiece by Prodgial Pieces |

Doesn’t that look better? And I daresay you wouldn’t know it was the same tray.

DIY Thrifted Tray Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

I used a white flocked wallpaper with a metallic background. It is so beautiful!! I can’t wait to do my living room. Just have to decide on which one. eep! And you gotta love succulents, right? (psst…you can find this tray (SOLD), and the wood bead garland in my shop too. My kids make those and they are oh-so-fun!)

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Succulents on Thrifted Tray by Prodigal Pieces |

Dining Table Tray for Centerpiece ~ Farmhouse Dining | Prodigal Pieces |

The tray works perfectly as a centerpiece, but also for everyday use. You could use it on a dresser or vanity, or even serving up a special breakfast treat.

Thrifted Tray in Farmhouse Style Bedroom | Prodigal Pieces |

Fun to see it in my bedroom. Seems like just the other day we got that finished.  And…most everything in here is second-hand. I actually just knocked my wreath down and it fell apart, so I put it back together with some dried roses I had on hand. Budget fixes are awesome!

Dried Hydrangea and Rose Wreath in Farmhouse Bedroom by Prodigal Pieces |

Farmhouse Bedroom with Repurposed Home Decor by Prodigal Pieces |

Boy, could I use a nap and some tea with my grain-free muffins. (recipe HERE)

Grain Free Muffin Recipe by Prodigal Pieces |

My goal in this blog is to teach, encourage, and inspire you to make your house your home. I can attest that our budget is non-existent and we still are able to make our home to our liking. It can be done!

Do pin and share this thrifted tray makeover to inspire others. That’s what it’s all about.

Make your house your home on a budget. Check out this thrifted tray makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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Up next is Trash to Treasure Transformation time. You’re in for a treat! My husband’s grandmother’s enamel cabinet…in much need of love. See the after over here.

Enamel Cabinet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Janette Deans

    WOW, what a wonderful transformation, looks great and given new life to an old and out-dated object, love the wall paper by the way…
    Your blog is such fun to visit, sorry I don’t comment as often as I could but I do follow you all thwe time…x

    April 6, 2017 at 7:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hugs to you Janette! Thank you for doing the time to do so too. I used to be the same then became a blogger and learned how wonderful it is to hear from those you are writing to.

      April 6, 2017 at 11:32 am Reply
  • Becky

    Bee-uu-tee-ful! What a transformation the feet made. Just love the way it looks on your bed. BTW, how did you hang the mirrors? I have the original pieces from my mom’s bedroom set, and I’d like to hang them, but they have no backing. How did you hang yours?
    Thanks for sharing your ideas and transformations.

    April 6, 2017 at 8:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Becky! They are frameless mirror hangers you can find at your home improvement store. I believe we got ours at Menards. These were mirrors out of an antique vanity I refinished that the owner didn’t want. Score for me!

      April 6, 2017 at 11:33 am Reply
  • Paula Garakani

    So odd…I was racking my brain on what to do with a piece I am working on that is very similar to this! Now where’s my stash of wallpaper?!?!

    April 6, 2017 at 8:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It took me a bit too and then I stumbled on my samples and did a head smack. Ha!

      April 6, 2017 at 11:34 am Reply
  • Marie|The Interior Frugalista

    Beautiful tray transformation, Larissa! With the pretty lace wallpaper, wouldn’t it make a lovely bridal shower gift? Just say’n.

    April 6, 2017 at 9:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…great idea! 😉

      April 6, 2017 at 11:35 am Reply
  • Rosa

    Love it! I have one or two of those ugly trays and was waiting for you to finally rehab one. Thank you!

    April 6, 2017 at 11:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Score!! I think the trays were okay originally, but mine was gross. 😛 hahaha…

      April 6, 2017 at 11:55 am Reply
  • Christy

    Oh wow, Larissa, I love this transformation!! And YES I would have bough that lol…I might have even fought you for it if we were thrifting together ha ha ha! You made it gorgeous! XOXO

    April 6, 2017 at 5:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      We would have to wear football pads to shop! 😀 hahahaha!!

      April 6, 2017 at 9:26 pm Reply
  • Kaycee F

    So pretty, I love how you staged it too!

    April 6, 2017 at 6:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Kaycee! It’s fun to play.

      April 6, 2017 at 9:25 pm Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    Larissa, when I went to try for some free samples, the system still charges me $15. Did you have to pay shipping ? I’m pretty thrifty (aka “cheap”) so I’m not willing to pay $15 for a few squares of paper. But they do have some lovely patterns ! And for some reason my new computer does not like opening your emails. It just keeps churning and I get the “not responding” message. It didn’t do that on my old computer, and it only does this on your emails, no other blogs. Can’t figure it out.

    April 7, 2017 at 10:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Not sure why, did you ask them? I don’t blame you for not wanting to pay that much to ship. I will look into the email issue. Thanks for the heads-up!

      April 8, 2017 at 5:42 am Reply
      • Patty Soriano

        ooof! You were up early ! So, I gather that you didn’t pay any shipping for the free samples, right ? I’ll try again, or call and ask.

        April 8, 2017 at 1:13 pm Reply
        • Larissa

          Yes, always early. hahaha. I got them for being a blogger, but was told they were free. They are based in Canada and that may be why there is a fee. Just send them a note to see. Thanks!

          April 11, 2017 at 9:41 am Reply

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