Knelso18
Knelso18
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  • Zimmerman, MN

Trash to Treasure Tray Tables With a New Look

1 Material
$2
1 Day
Easy

My adult son lives in a studio apartment. Thus, not much room for a dining table. I was at a garage sale and got a 2 piece tray table set with holder for $2.00. Now the tops of the tables were in rough shape. Stain coming off, wobbly...
I have since fixed them with new screws and they are sturdy as ever and restained the tops. I only did the top of the trays as the rest was in good shape stain wise.
And darker stain color is in right now...
i used rustoleum kit I had left over from refinishing my cabinets. Easy to use and no sandi ng required...
i cant wait to give this $2.00 set to my son. It cost very little and took one day to complete. Perfect for a single young man for eating on etc...and maybe having mom over for dinner 😉.
trash to treasure tray tables with a new look
The original tray table tops. Can't tell from the picture but the stain is coming off from wear and tear...but no gouges or large scratches
trash to treasure tray tables with a new look
up close before pic.
trash to treasure tray tables with a new look
Second tray up close...
trash to treasure tray tables with a new look
Using the rustoleum step 1 to get varnish off and poly... easy. Wait for it to dry for an hour.
trash to treasure tray tables with a new look
After waiting for it to dry from step 1... you can put layer one of top coat.
trash to treasure tray tables with a new look
supplies ready...
trash to treasure tray tables with a new look
First layer of top coat on. Used the color chocolate.
trash to treasure tray tables with a new look
One coat on.
trash to treasure tray tables with a new look
After second coat and poly coat all finished. Between coat 1 and 2 you wait one hour. Then 4 hours before applying poly coat. Then let poly coat dry for 12 hours.
Final product...
trash to treasure tray tables with a new look
finished product pics...
trash to treasure tray tables with a new look
trays in the stand (that I tightened new screws)
trash to treasure tray tables with a new look
looks nice and fresh. So easy, anyone can do this.
trash to treasure tray tables with a new look
I'd use them... small price for big reward.

Suggested materials:

  • Rustoleum kit- already had left over from kitchen cabinet makeover  (Home depot)

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  • Wendy
    on Sep 17, 2017

    Beautiful redo!
  • 1984roro
    on Sep 17, 2017

    He'll be very happy with your efforts! These looks really great! Well done!
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