Wednesday, September 5, 2012

{Make It}...Très Chic Tray

I found this totally rad sparkly gold tray at a local market in my hometown for only five bucks! Needless to say, I fell in love. Trays are extremely functional and versatile, so I couldn't wait to incorporate it! Of course, I couldn't leave it be. To make it feel a little more up to date, and more my style, I added a fresh coat of high gloss white spray paint. It made a world of difference in only a few steps!
You will need:

A plastic tray
Spray paint for plastic
Painter's tape
Face mask (optional)

Since my tray had a sparkly finish, I sanded down the surface to ensure a smooth coat of paint. Sand the areas you will paint in a linear, then circular motion making sure every part has been touched. Remember to dust it off with a damp rag.
Tape your edges off with painter's tape, or even masking tape. I like to press the roll of tape against the surface as I edge, because it acts as a smoother and makes sure it's tight to the surface. As always, go over again with your fingers to seal everything. You don't want leakage! I also taped the inside of the handle cutouts because I wanted the gold to show through against the white.
Simply follow the directions on the canister of spray paint. If outside, make sure that you're not spraying against the breeze! That can get messy. About eight inches away, apply a thin coat with a slow sweeping motion.  Wait about thirty minutes and reapply a second coat for full coverage.
I had a little leakage. Oops! No worries. If you get a thin dusting of paint in the wrong places, use acetone nail polish remover to take those blemishes away. I like using a cotton swab for detail work, and a cotton round for larger areas. Wipe lightly and quickly to only remove the spray paint and nothing else!


  1. I can't tell you how much I LOVE this...I've been wanting to revamp this tray I have, and for some reason, spray paint didn't even come to mind!

  2. This is so fantastic! I can't figure out if this tray on our registry was actually purchased or not (long story) but if it wasn't I am so doing this!

  3. What a great idea! That tray looks so chic ;) Xx

  4. Adorable! I need to hunt a tray down...


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