A New Old Tray

One of my thrifty treasures from a couple weeks ago was this tray:

It’s a cherry-wood tray with areas to put photos under a protective plastic sheet.  The plastic is held down by tiny magnets.
I thought it was $2, but I found the price tag and I actually spent $4 on it.  Full disclosure, ya know :D
Pretty neat design for photos and all, but the plastic was scratched beyond repair, so this cute little tray would see no more photos.
I wanted to keep the plastic, but I had to deal with the scratches.
Enter Mod Podge!  Here it comes…to save the dayyyyy! Mighty Mod Podge!
I also got my behind over to Hobby Lobby and picked out some pretty scrapbook paper for 20c a sheet.
Then I Mod Podged the paper right to the plastic tray, one design on the front, and one design on the back.  Gotta have options you know :)
Now I have a reversible, water-proof tray liner!
Then I had to do something with the tray itself, since cherry-wood is just a little too red for our decor.  I grabbed some “Oregano” Rustoleum and sprayed painted on Sunday during a calm spell in the afternoon.
I finished it up by spraying it with a clear coat:
Pretty right?
But…a little too perfect.  So I grabbed a sanding block and scuffed it up a little bit, and then I used some of this
to stain the paint and scuffed areas and make the tray look a little more weathered (I also used this stuff on my homemade guest room headboard, and while I had it out, I went over the top of the cedar chest as well, and it did a GORGEOUS job of hiding scratches and shining it up).  You just rub it on with a rag and then toss the rag.  Couldn’t be easier.  Because of the cherry stain on the wood, the scuffed areas on the tray turned out a little bit pinkish/reddish, but I’m ok with that.
And now, my “new old tray”:
It’s in the guest room for now, until I find a better place for it.  I figure it will be nice to be able to put those tschotschkes on it to quickly get into the top of the cedar chest. 
Not bad for $4 and a little patience!
Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll show you next week what I did with that ugly brass lamp :)
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  1. Wonderful job, love the oregano color!!!

    visiting from shabby chic cottage

  2. Katie, so smart to put a different paper on each side of the plexi insert to give yourself options. Love that shabby green!

  3. Great tray!! I have one sitting in the garage I might have to refinish =)

  4. Great idea with the paper inside- I have one and put contact chalkboard inside!

  5. Cute project! I have never been to Hobby Lobby, but have heard so much about it. I think we have one in my area... I have to track it down I think!

  6. Love it and great color of paint I'll have to check it out, looks great in your guest room!


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  8. I love how that turned out! Great job and the color is so pretty.
    Thanks for linking up to We Can Do It Cheaper!

  9. Very creative. I would never have thought of both sides! A girl has to have options, right?


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