Bed Tray to Table Tray and Cakes Plates You Say?

by Ruth
11 Materials
2 Hours

I recently replaced my light over my large Island bar area. So I needed to replace my round lazy Susan to a rectangular tray and yes I always start looking through my goodies first I try to use what I have rather then purchase. I had this long sturdy wood tray that we would put on the bed between us to hold our Sunday morning coffee. It was large enough to hold my haul of fruits and vegetables I usually purchased at grocery store. I had purchased two cake plates that someone tried to paint But they failed so I went to work.

Large wood tray

Here is a picture of the beginning of the tray it is large and sturdy the handles were excellent and had no damage so I will reuse them.


luckily the tray is not in terrible condition so I can remove handles and lightly sand out major gouging in wood.

Cake trays from thrift store

I had purchased these cake trays at the thrift store half off one was 2.99 and one was 2.50 so I only paid $1.50 and $1.25 for them. Someone had tried to paint them but didn’t completely finish or prep them correctly so they had some peeling and such.

One tall and one lower

One of them was tall and one was low so it gave it balance to sit in my tray. Since I was getting the tray ready I figured I might as well work on cake plates while I was waiting for the one of the tray to dry.

Prime with liquid sand

I have gotten to the point that I use liquid sand over my metal,wood etc whatever finish it might be just to make sure that paint sticks to anything. You just never know when you buy used who did what and what they tried to do to that piece. Nothing is worse than taking all the time and energy to paint something only to find out that there was something under it that it would not adhere to. The wooden tray and the metal cake plates both get a coat of this prior to painting.

Legs for my tray

If you haven’t noticed I’m a regular at the thrift store, I always try to find products that I can implement in my repurposing on half price day. I try to keep my cost down while doing the projects otherwise no money to be made if I do resell it.

Painting cake plate

I Really liked the base of the taller cake plate so I decided I would leave it the off-white and paint the top a tan. Started taping off the base and it was easiest just to take a grocery bag and tape it around the base so it didn’t get painted on.

Attaching legs

While my spray paint was drying I attached the legs to the tray. I measured a half inch in was where my screw an opening was.

Marked drill point

I simply marked the leg base and then measured a half inch in. Matched my drill bit to the size of the screws and drilled a hole for the legs to be attached and screwed to like directly into the base of the tray.

Legs attached

I already like the tray and I haven’t even painted it yet. Now it was time for me to go into my paint cabinet and then decide what color I wanted to paint it. I had a beige chalk paint I thought would work perfect.

First coat of paint

I love to dry brush paint it’s so easy and gives it so much character.

1st coat

Because I applied a liquid sander I don’t wanna work the paint tomuch so I always let the first coat set and then go back in with my accent colors.

Completed cake plates

While my tray was drying I removed the painters tape check the tops of my cake plates and everything was perfect. My new favorite color is this Matt aqua. Such a beautiful color

Paints for cake plates

I thought I would post a picture of the colors if anybody else had a passion for that Matt aqua. All I can say is that I try to pick up my paint secondhand cheap or on clearance So there’s no rhyme or reason whether it’s krylon a rustoleum.

Adding accent color

I really like the color and the streakiness of the dry brushing but I thought I would add a couple more colors just to make it blend into my cake bites more.. Are used folk art medium for the brown aged look and Delta Crema coat Cape Cod blue.

Wax coat

I had Annie Sloan wax so I went over the whole thing with the wax and buffed it out. Again it was Annie Sloan wax just because that’s what I had in my cabinet. You can use your preferences.

Final projects

So there you have it my balance of my high and low and just a great fun center tray that works great with my island. The holidays coming around I’m starting to pick up these trays and maybe make a few for my friends and family. Well that’s it , let me know what you think.

Resources for this project:
See all materials
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
Join the conversation
4 of 37 comments