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Upcycled Farmhouse Tray from Curbside Table

You gotta love the times when you can get together with your friends and do the things you love. Today is that day for my Trash to Treasure gals and me. We adore creating projects to inspire you and are eager to share our handiwork for this month’s fun. While you will see their work in a bit, today I’m sharing the second table from my curbside haul. This rusty gem is about to become an upcycled farmhouse tray. Oh yeah!

Metal Table Found in Trash |

In case you missed the first post, I found these two tables in my neighbor’s trash across the street. The tiered table got made into 3 new projects you can see HERE.

Two Tables Found in the Trash |

Now, as if that wasn’t enough fun, I couldn’t resist the challenge that this broken metal table gave me. My first inclination was to pass it along to my scrapper friend who recycles metal for money. All I originally wanted to do was to keep it out of the landfill.

But then…I decided to give it some lovin’ and make it new. While most sane people would just maybe replace the table legs and use it as a table again. However, me and my quirky self said it’s time to get funky with it. hee hee!

The idea struck to turn it into an upcycled farmhouse tray when I looked at it stored upside down in my workshop. Tray because it love functional decor, and farmhouse because it’s one of my favorite styles. You could totally go retro funk with it or even cutesy cottage too.

For those of you who prefer video, I created a demo at the bottom of this post of how I recreated this broken table.

First, I removed the legs and set those aside. They will be getting a new life too. woot! And, since I obviously wasn’t smitten with the green paint peeking out from the rusted white, I sanded it down with my Corner Cat.

Sanding Metal Table with Ryobi Corner Cat |

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Next, I set up my Small Spray Shelter and Turn Table to get ready to have some spray paint fun. Since my table top had rust that I didn’t want to peek through, I used an automotive primer shown below. This is also the other materials I’ll be using too: E6000, nuts & bolts, white rubber feet, and two black handles.

DIY Farmhouse Tray Supplies |

After one coat of primer and letting it cure, I used two coats of this High Performance Spray Enamel. I knew this tray would be seeing much use, and I wanted it to last.

Rustoleum High Performance Spray Enamel for Farmhouse Tray |

HomeRight Small Spray Shelter and Turn Table for Spray Painting Projects |

The only “problem” with this enamel is that it is glossy. meh. So, in order to remedy that, I used the same Cold Galvanizing Compound I use in my zinc tutorials. Why? Because it’s basically zinc in a can. I LOVE IT!

Rustoleum Cold Galvanizing Compound for Zinc Effect by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

While using my Turn Table to spin the tray, I intermittently spray the zinc onto the glossy gray. This give is the mottled effect I’m after, similar to galvanized metal. The video shows it in action best. Basically, I’m not looking for complete coverage, just a fleck.

While all my paint layers are curing, I’m busy as a bee making use of the table legs. Yes, they are a rusted mess, but I see potential. Using my hacksaw, I cut off the damaged parts.

Using Hacksaw to Cut Table Base |

Metal Sculpture from Trashed Table |

While I could have made use of even the leg pieces, those went to the recycling center instead. Now, I have a funky chunk of metal to play with. I’ll show you what it became in a bit.

Back to the upcycled farmhouse tray to finish it up. A tray needs handles, so I use my drill to add holes to opposing sides, then used the nuts and bolts I showed you above to attach them. Also, to protect surfaces and add a bit of height, I use the E6000 glue and the rubber feet to add to the bottom. See video for demo.

Ready to see the tray and my other table leg creation? I am!

DIY Upcycled Farmhouse Tray with Vintage Style Vignette by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Farmhouse Vintage Vignette Made with and Upcycled Table Top Tray by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Hard to believe it’s the same table I grabbed off the side of the road, isn’t it? I’ve filled it with various thrifted goodies I’ve picked up over the years. It’s fun to create a story with found items.

Now, did you know that candle holder was made from the table legs? tee hee!

Create a Rustic Farmhouse Tray Vignette with Vintage Finds | Prodigal Pieces |

Repurposed Table Leg Candle Holder by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

I used the same method of wrapping the legs with sisal rope like I did in my bee skep tutorial. So many uses for rope! Then, I added a burlap wrap along with a ticking wrap, some twine, and a little fun with a rusty key.

Upcycled Sisal Rope Candle Holder Made from Broken Table Legs | DIY by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

DIY Farmhouse Tray Created from a Broken Table Top by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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Love is Key Farmhouse Candle Holder Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Vintage Farmhouse Tray with Thrift Store Finds Vignette by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Did you notice my original table top had 3 holes in the side where the legs were attached? To hide them and add a bit of texture, I wrapped the edge with a bit of jute twine and tucked it into each hole.

Upcycled Table Top Made into a Galvanized Farmhouse Tray | Video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

If you look close, you can see the galvanized effect I gave the tray with the zinc spray.

DIY Zinc Farmhouse Tray Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces from a Broken Table Top |

My goal was to inspire you to reconsider what most would call trash, and see the potential #trashure. And…to have some FUN! This tray and candle holder are now available in my shop if you would like to make them your own. Sign up for my newsletter to receive a discount on your first purchase.

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Create a Vintage Style Farmhouse Vignette using Thrifted Finds and a DIY spirit | A video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Rustic Farmhouse Pillar Candle with Rusty "Love is Key" Accent by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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Wow! A broken table found in the trash gets transformed into an upcycled farmhouse tray and candle holder. See the DIY video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at #prodigalpieces #handmade #farmhouse #home #homedecor #homedecorideas #videos #tutorial

Up next, the next chapter in our Finding Home program is getting ready to be launched. I’m SO EXCITED!! Head HERE to see.

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20 replies on “Upcycled Farmhouse Tray from Curbside Table”

Well I never saw this cute tray and candle stick coming from that table! I couldn’t imagine what you were going to make out of it. The makeover is amazing. Your vision never ceases to amaze me!

Hi Larissa, I never, ever would have seen a tray, nor a candle holder in this table. You crushed the trash to treasure on this one for sure, way to go girl!!

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