TV Tray Makeover
TV trays: pretty much everyone has them or if you don't, you can easily find them in thrift stores or resale shops. Plain wood, utilitarian, but not very pretty. When I see something that's useful but not pretty, I go into makeover mode.
So when I really looked at the TV tray I was using the other night (we're like 80-year-olds over here, eating dinner off TV trays after the kids go to bed), I noticed that I had obviously used it during a painting frenzy, because there were various splotches of red all over it. And that honey-colored wood: eww.
TV Tray Makeover Time
At first I thought I'd just paint it, but then I decided to do a little more and cover the top with some fabulous wrapping paper I got at HomeGoods. If you've never checked out the wrapping paper at HomeGoods and TJ Maxx, you need to do so, stat. It's absolutely gorgeous, and about $2 a roll. LOVE IT.
Look at this beauty now. Love, love, love.
Again, like all of my projects, this makeover is super easy to do.
Supplies Needed for Your TV Tray Makeover
- Wooden TV Tray
- rag or damp cloth
- Wrapping Paper
- Spray paint (with sealer optional)
- Sealer (mod podge or acrylic)
First, remove the top of your table, if possible. Mine was just held on with a few screws, so it wasn't that difficult. I did take a picture of how everything was on there, because I'm always worried I'm not going to remember how to put it back together!
If necessary, lightly sand your table, just to rough up the surface a bit. I was using paint and primer in one (and I'm lazy), so I skipped this step. Then wipe it down thoroughly with a damp cloth to get rid of any dirt or dust.
Cover your table legs and top with several coats of spray paint and let dry thoroughly.
Trace your table top onto your wrapping paper and cut out. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the table and carefully lay out your wrapping paper. I used a rolling pin to smooth the paper out as much as possible.
Now. If you have never decoupaged before, or even if you have, you will most likely freak out at the number of bubbles in your paper. There is literally no possible way to get them all out. Except to just wait. I've said before that patience isn't my strong suit, but I finally just gave up trying to deal with the bubbles. I thought I might even have to redo the whole thing once it dried, but magically, once it dried, the bubbles had all smoothed themselves out! So go ahead and do your best, then just wait it out.
Let it dry completely, and then seal with a few additional coats of Mod Podge or an acrylic sealer. I used a spray acrylic sealer, because I didn't want brush strokes (I'm freaky about stuff like that) and spray Mod Podge is the worst smelling stuff in the history of smelly stuff.
Once that's completely dry, reassemble your table, and you're done!
I am pretty sure that I am going to use this as a side table somewhere now, rather than a TV tray. I think it looks too pretty to eat on!
Would you use this for a TV tray or elsewhere in your house?