Sunday, March 23, 2014

Très Magnifique Tray Makeover

While strolling through the Topanga Vintage Market a few months ago, my friend spotted a set of three very rusty old tray tables.    

They were in really bad shape, but she thought they would look good in her rustic garden.  She asked me to keep them for a few days until she could "sneak" them into her yard when her husband wasn't looking. [Hee-hee, can you relate?]

Well, a few days turned into a few months.  When I reminded her that I still had the tables, she said she really didn't need them, so they were all mine.  The price was right, so I decided to see if they had potential.

I started with just one of the tray tables.  First, it got a really good cleaning.  Then I made chalk paint with leftover antique white paint mixed with Plaster of Paris.  Using a small roller, I applied three coats of paint to the tray.  It took three coats to hide all the rust.  What a difference paint makes!  

I decided the tray needed a pretty Parisian typography graphic.  I found this lovely Paris Apartment sign at The Graphics Fairy.  It was perfect as it reminds me of our vacation in Paris two years ago.  

French Typography Paris Apartment Sign

I used the freezer paper transfer method.  So easy.  
Here is how the tray looks now:

I painted the legs in gray to coordinate with the typography, and sealed everything with a spray matte sealer.

Now the tray table is ready 
for a cup of coffee in the morning, on the patio
Coffee on the Patio

Or high tea in the afternoon
Painting metal tables

Or just because!

Here is a photo of the before and after:

I like the tray table makeover.  
It is Très Magnifique!

Do you think my friend will want to reclaim the tables now?  
[Geez, I hope she doesn't read my blog!]

OK, time to get working on the other two tray tables. 

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  1. I want this for my backyard!!! Love it :)

  2. Love this!! Would look great in my "upcoming" new yard (hint! hint!)

  3. I LOVE the transformation! Beautiful.

  4. We love those old tray tables with the metal top and legs and they sure do get beat up.... terrific makeover! Thanks for sharing this on your #simplybebetsy gallery and so excited you joined us!

    Best to you,
    Sharon and Denise

  5. What a wonderful transformation...great before and after! Hopped over from Thrifty Life Thursday...

  6. The transformation is awesome!
    Thanks for sharing the idea.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  7. Tray table looks awesome. Like the 'before too, but now it looks much more useable. Happy SYC Thursday

  8. haha, I bet when your friend sees what you've done, she'll be wishing she had kept at least one! I have one that needs to be repainted. Thanks for the idea! Yours is beautiful!

  9. Great job! I love the vision you had for this little tray table.

  10. I am sure your friend is going to be kicking herself. Thanks for sharing at Thrifty Thursday.

  11. Awesome! I have 5 of those trays that look similar to that, but they are not tables. I'm loving this and am doing something like this with mine!

    Shannon ~

  12. oooh awww. I love your make over. I will look into the freezer paper make over for the next project. It is fabulous.

  13. I love this!!! I have an old TV tray in the basement, now I know what I'm going to do with it!!! Thanks!!!

  14. This tray looks amazing now! Thanks for linking up at Take it on Tuesday!
    ~ Betsy @ Romance on a dime

  15. So, so cute! I was just thinking that your friend will be wanting them back now. lol! Thanks so much for sharing them with Share Your Cup. I'm sure it's not intentional, but I'm not seeing a link back to the party.

  16. Oh it turned out great! That pool is calling my name too. I would love for you to join us tomorrow at Bacon Time, our Anything Goes linky will be starting over. :)


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