Elegant DIY Tray Makeover for Only Five Dollars

6 Materials
1 Hour

I had a very large 18 inches by 24 inches tray table and had a bistro leg set from a broken table and was wondering what should I do with these items. Well, here is what I came up with and it only cost me five dollars! This table will be used for my son's graduation party this summer and I am thrilled with how it turned out. I hope it helps you get inspired to repurpose items in our home.

Here are the supplies I used for this project. This doesn't include the tools, though. See the complete list of items below.

Here is what the tray looked like inside before I added the vinyl. It has a stain spot in the center but was still useable.

These vinyl sticker back squares were found at Target. I liked them because they were see-through and allowed the gray from the tray to come through.

First, I added the vinyl squares to the inside of the tray. I didn't use a ruler; I eyeballed it using the sheet that came with the squares. I placed the sheet in the center with the same amount on the top and bottom, then I started peeling another sheet of squares and centered them on the tray from left to right, moving the sheet as I went. I then cut the vinyl tile square excess off with an Exacto knife to finish the tray.

If you want to do this, it turned out that there was about 3/4 inch on the top and bottom of the tray, and the side pieces needed to be cut to about 1/2 inches to fill the entire tray.

I had to go outside and spray paint the metal bistro legs. I first sanded them and then spray-painted two coats.

I first marked the holes by turning the legs upside down on top of the tray.

Using a drill, I drilled holes so as not to go through the other side and then added the screws, and with a wrench, I added the bistro legs to the bottom of the tray.

And, here is the NEW tray table. =) I love it and it will be perfect for our graduation party.

Here is a close-up of the top of the tray.

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Suggested materials:
  • Bistro table legs and screws   (Michaels)
  • Black spray paint   (Home Depot)
  • Black and clear Vinyl tile stickers   (Target)
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