Make a decorative DIY tray! It’s SO easy! Remember my past Ikea table hack? If you scroll down you’ll see that I just tossed a mirror on top (because I LOVE reflection of light), but stated that it would not be my final look. Well, I finally got around to creating something for it! (And at the bottom, of this post you’ll get a bonus look!)
‘Making’ might be a strong word. ‘Sprucing up’ is probably better dictation, but for the purpose of this post, let’s just go with make!
What you will need to make a decorative DIY tray:
- Cheap, unfinished wood tray Typically found at most craft stores. I purchased mine for around $5.
- Mirror Measure the inset area and purchase a mirror in that size (I chose a tray that had a 12″ x 12″ inset area b/c I had a box of mirrors this size on hand – yes they are cheap and I stock up! If not I would have opted for a common size, anyway. It’s just easier to find. However; you can get mirror cut easily at most home improvement stores, but this was one less step – and the cheaper way to go.
- Sand paper I chose a fine grit sandpaper b/c it was already sanded to an extent. I was just finishing it off, more or less.
- Dust mask You may find this optional. I hate feeling like I’m breathing in little debris. I know plenty of people that sand things like this without it, though.
- Paint and Paint brushes I had black acrylic paint on hand so I used that. For the brushes I used a 2 inch foam brush and one smaller brush to get into the corners.
- Modge Podge I used a gloss modge podge to seal it off and give it a slight sheen (b/c I already had it). This step is totally optional but acrylic paint WILL be matte if used alone. You could also substitute this for a clear enamel sealer.
- Flat L braces similar to this. You can find them at most hardware stores for very cheap. I used 8 for this project. I recommend trying to find them finished in the color you’d like the final result to be. I had no such luck so I experimented and added silver metal leaf to mine. If metal leaf is new to you, check out this tutorial.
- Silver half pearls or very short nail heads I preferred the idea of using nail heads but I already had a sheet of silver half pearls left over from this project.
- Super glue
What to do:
1. Sand your tray and wipe it down with a dry cloth.
2. Paint it until it’s reached good coverage. You may need to give it a few coats, allowing it to dry in between.
3. Finish the color off with a coat of modge podge or clear enamel finish.
4. Once dry, super glue your L-braces onto your corners. (If they were not nicely finished when purchased, you will need to paint them with appropriate spray paint before hand, or even apply silver metal leaf as I did. If using spray paint just be sure to use a kind that adheres to metal).
5. Hammer your nail heads into the brace holes. Make sure the length is not longer than the width of your tray frame!! OR if you are using half pearls, super glue them over the holes, into place.
6. Lastly, super glue your mirror down into the center of your tray.
You are finished!
I absolutely love how this turned out, and the super low price I love even more!
I loved it so much (and the low price) that I created 2 of these, with different end results!
Following the same steps as above, I stopped at step 3. Instead of adding L braces to the corners as step 4 instructs, I hot glued small squared mirrors around the perimeter of the tray. SUPER simple, but I love the look – and of course, the reflective light off the mirrors.
What do you think? I hope you liked it and got some great ideas!