Thrifted Tray Makeover For Fall and DIY Vase

9 Materials
$4
2 Hours
Easy

With fall just around the corner, I thought I'd share this quick little tray makeover.


The tray was only $2.99 at a thrift store, so it was an inexpensive way to add a little fall festiveness to the living room (plus it gave the remote control a home :)


Here is how I painted the tray and also DIY'd a vase for it. I've also included the video if you're interested in watching that.

Here are the items I used for the project:

STEP 1:

I started by spray painting the tray with 2 coats of Valspar Paint and Primer to get a nice even base.

STEP 2:

When that was dry, I painted on the Chocolate Brown Metallic Paint.

STEP 3:

After that dried, I applied a clear topcoat to give it a protective coating.

STEP 4:

Next, I took an old plastic container and painted on horizontal strokes of the Green Tropical Foliage paint.

STEP 5:

Next, using little paint, I painted horizontal strokes of the Chocolate Brown Metallic over the Green paint, spreading it so that some of the green still showed through. It gave it a nice 2-tone metallic look.

STEP 6:

Next, I glued on some jute rope to hide the rim and give it a more finished look.

STEP 7:

I also had a small decorative box that my husband made that he painted black. To have it match the tray a little better, I dry-brushed it with the Chocolate Brown Metallic Paint.

STEP 8:

I put some small stones in the container to weigh it down a bit, so that it wouldn't tip easily. Then I added the artificial flowers to the container. I finished the tray off with a small pumpkin, silk leaves, a wired stem of artificial fall berries, and a pumpkin spice candle.

Now everything is neatly contained and a little more colorful! Hope you enjoyed it. Happy fall decorating!

Suggested materials:

  • Valspar Color Radiance Paint & Primer Spray Paint   (Lowes)
  • Folk Art Metallic Paint (Chocolate Brown)   (Hobby Lobby)
  • Apple Barrel Paint (Tropical Foliage)   (Walmart)
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