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Vintage Bed Tray Makeover with Paint & Paper

Happy dance! Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday – where my blogger friends and I are creating DIY goodness to inspire you. You’ll see their projects in a bit, but for now take a peek at this gem below. This vintage bed tray still has function, but oh how it lacks in fun. Right?!?

Vintage Bed Tray Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

It’s made of wood and that’s about all it’s got going for it. Check out the geese…

Bed Tray Top with Geese Before Makeover |

They look angry! hahaha!! It appears they are tearing off the bow on the apple. It made me LOL in the thrift store! Okay…sorry…not sorry. Too funny to not point that out.

Well, you know I had to do something with this, so it’s makeover time for this vintage bed tray. I’ve created a video tutorial for you below, but I’ll walk through the simple steps too.


First, I wiped it all down with a vinegar/water mixture to get rid of any grime or nasty. Then, I grabbed my Square Brush (see all 8 styles HERE ) and an antique white paint to dry brush a coat of paint.

Painting Vintage Bed Tray with Zibra Square Brush |

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Once the paint cured, I used a bit of dark wax and an older Square Brush to age the paint a little.

Applying Wax to Whitewashed Vintage Bed Tray using my Zibra Square Paint Brush |


As soon as the wax was buffed, I used gave the vintage bed tray a rubbing with some sand paper. That not only adds to the aged feel, but allows a little of the wood to peek out underneath. You may be wondering why I chose white, or why distress it at all. Well, you see my end result in my mind was going to include this chippy painted wood wallpaper. Ever tried this stuff?

Barn Wood Wallpaper for Vintage Bed Tray Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

It’s absolutely awesome as you can see how I used it on the dated Broyhill hutch desk or in these projects HERE. What a difference! Likewise, I, too, was a wallpaper hater after pulling down and scraping many rooms of the stuff. However, I am totally sold on the new line of repositionable papers. Easy to use and easy to adjust. In addition, it comes in all sorts of fun patterns and styles.

You can see the process of how I applied it in the video. Just cut and work on a short end to lay it down, pulling the paper back as you go. If bubbles show up, just lift it up and begin again.


Finally, after a few DIY steps, my vintage bed tray makeover is complete. In other words…the geese are gone, baby! {{happy dance}}

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As a result, we now have an updated and refreshed tray that has a great many more years of life in it. Wasn’t that fun?

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So…I have to ask. Have I convinced yet to give wallpaper a second chance? You know you want to. haha. In the event that someone gets tired of the paper, all they have to do is peel it out and add new.

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DIY Vintage Bed Tray Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #homedecor #shopping #homedecorideas

You can find this bed tray and oodles of other furniture, home home decor, and handmade goods in my online shop. (SOLD)

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Also, pin and share this vintage bed tray makeover to inspire others. I’m all about getting you to try a DIY project of your own.

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Up next, these two wooden boxes are fair game for a fun makeover. See their new look and function HERE.

Set of Thrifted Wooden Boxes Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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Last, but not least, time to check out what these talented ladies have worked on for you today.

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26 replies on “Vintage Bed Tray Makeover with Paint & Paper”

Wow! What a difference a little paint and wallpaper can make. I’ve seen a similar wallpaper in Target and wondered how it would look. I just might go but some and try it!

Been there done this with blue chalk paint, but mine had a plain white surface so I didn’t bother to paper the top, maybe some day. I do like yours. The painted ones do look nicer than the plain wood, I think they are less out of place…less utilitarian looking.

Goodbye geese and welcome new treasure. So much better than before. Love it! That wallpaper is gorgeous. Did you order it from Amazon or find it in a store? As always, great makeover. Cant wait to see what you’ve got planned next.

What a difference you made on this tray, it is so pretty now! I helped a friend put this same paper up on a small wall in her home, it was easy stuff to work.

The tray is awesome! I can’t let this go though…where did you get that BEAUTIFUL headboard? Do you have any history on it? Stunning piece!

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