$2 Flea Market Find Becomes a Serving Table for the Front Porch

While shopping at a local flea / antiques market, I came across an old jar filled with a beer cap collection. I loved the jumble of colors and wanted to do something with them. I had no idea what, but for $2 I'd figure something out. It came to me when I ran across an old tray in my pantry. No before pics of the tray, sorry, but I spray painted a pretty leaf green. Next step, something for a base. An odd TV dinner tray, (also stashed in the pantry) to the rescue. I removed the top and spray painted the base a pretty peacock blue / teal color.
Now for the fun part. I glued the beer cap collection in a random pattern over the base of the tray, and knew I had a winner. The last step will be to pour a thick polymer over all. Tah Dah! A new beverage server for the screened in porch.
My husband, wanting in on the action, attached the tray to the base for me.
This pic is a little fuzzy, but shows another angle.

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3 of 6 questions
  • Becky
    on Jun 26, 2017

    WOW! What a cute idea. Not a question just a comment.
  • Eva Mather
    Eva Mather
    on Sep 17, 2017

    How many bottle caps do you need for the tray
    • Laurali M
      Laurali M
      on Sep 20, 2017

      thanks for standing in the gap for me Joyce , you are absolutely right it does depend on the size of your surface. I apologize Eva, for not seeing and responding to your question before now....computer issues

  • Susan
    on Dec 30, 2018

    I tried this with an old plastic tray I had. I poured Mod Podge over the caps and let it dry but the Mod Podge turned an orangish/yellow. I did it in layers. Any ideas why this happened? I love the way yours turned out. What did you used to seal yours?

    • Laurali M
      Laurali M
      on Jan 2, 2019

      Hi Susan, I used a 2 part polymer that I purchased at Lowe’s (about $20) and followed the directions. I was a little anxious but it was actually pretty easy

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  • Keely
    on Sep 13, 2017

  • Maude  LaFountain
    Maude LaFountain
    on Oct 16, 2017

    I have a box that is 16 x 16 x 10 that is filled to the top with bottle caps ...my friends drink a lot of beer...lol....and they save me the caps ..anyway I was thinking about putting them on an old Singer sewing table but I kinda like this little table instead,,,it looks awesome ....and as for the tray I have a solid wood one that I got at a yard sale pretty cheap ..$1.00 and that would be just perfect for this project ...yep I have the fold up tray table also so I got all I need except the POLYMER...which I can get next time I go to town ...thanks for posting your awesome tray ....
    • Laurali M
      Laurali M
      on Oct 22, 2017

      Thank you for your kindness Maude, I know your table will be fantastic! I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did>

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