New Life to TV Trays

7 Materials
2 Hours

I been eating off these tv trays and when it came to cleaning them the wood was soaking up everything. Enough! I had to do something about it. This is a short project that is very easy to do.


  • 50 cent paint from walmart in assorted colors. I used black, light blue, silver, gold and tan
  • Fine glitter. I used gold from dollar tree
  • Sponge DT
  • Dollar tree Awesome cleaner
  • Dollar tree canisters to mix paint in
  • Polycrylic. I used matte
  • Paint brush (a throw away brush will do)

Total cost? About $12. Less if you have some of this stuff on hand (obviously)

To start i washed the trays off with the Awsome cleaner. I let it dry completly.

I was painting in the house without a drop cloth so i flipped my area rug over just in case there were any minor spills. I sat the paint on a flattened box while I was working.

I put a base coat of house paint on the trays. It was some leftover paint i had on hand. Mine was brown. I let that dry too. Any color or finish will do. I wrapped my brush in plastic bag in case i needed it again. That keeps the brush soft and moist

I cut two sponges in 3 pieces each

I added some water in my paint, just a little, so it wouldn't be so thick. I also added glitter in my gold paint

I started with black paint and dabbed it all over

Then i did a layer of blue then gold they gray then tan. I ended with gray and black. I did not wait for the paint to dry between coats. Keep going until you are satisfied

After you are done let dry completely then paint 2 coats of polycrilic

You don't have to end with the glitter color for the glitter to shine through!

They look so much better and they clean well!!

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  • Joanie Joanie on Feb 08, 2020

    What is the Best way to do a wooden frame in a Galvanized look???? Thank you everyone!


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  • Pat Campbell Pat Campbell on Feb 07, 2020

    Love this

  • MissiCindie MissiCindie on Feb 08, 2020

    I did something similar to my bathroom vanity top. I started with Rustoleum countertop paint in (supposed to be a med grey) a yucky shade of grey green. Then I got out my craft paints and cut up a large sea sponge started with black, then chocolate, gold, grey blue, didn’t like the blue so used cream color and a little more of the chocolate brown. When it was dry about 4 hours to be sure two coats of marine grade clear poly let first coat dry completely before second coat. Looks like granite. If I can I’ll include the finished product