Are you looking for the easiest upcycled wooden tray makeover that has actually has a purpose? Today, I am sharing the cutest wooden tray makeover ever!
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thrifted wooden tray
You’ve probably seen trays like this at thrift stores. They have slanted sides and are made from thin wood. Sometimes you can find them with country-style paintings or decals with daisies or some other country motif.
We seem to come across them often.
We also come across pillar candle stands like the green one you see here.
supplies for wooden tray makeover
Let’s take a look at how to turn these two unrelated and out-of-style home decor pieces into something useful and current with today’s style.
Here are the supplies you will need for this easy upcycled wooden tray makeover:
- thrifted wooden tray (mine is about 9″ square and 2-3″ deep)
- thrifted pillar candle stand (mine is about 5″ tall)
- E6000 Glue
- Zinserr Shellac Based Primer
- sanding block
- Zibra Square Paintbrush
- Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint (I used Ironstone)
- Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil
- blue shop towels
- micro-fiber cloth
what to do with an old wooden tray
Start by gluing the thrifted tray to the thrifted pillar candle stand with E6000 Glue. E6000 glue sticks anything to anything and it is a staple in my workshop.
Try your best to center the candle stand with the tray. You can measure if you like, I just eyeballed it 🙂
Place something heavy on top of the tray and let it dry overnight.
The next day, use the sanding block to scuff sand the surface just enough to rough it up a little bit. This will only take a minute, you don’t need to completely remove the finish on either section.
Afterwards, wipe it down with a damp micro-fiber cloth.
priming is optional
The next step is to prime the base. But let me mention, this is optional.
The thrifted pillar candle stand that I have is hard plastic and painted in a yucky green. I wanted to be sure the green wouldn’t show through the final paint color. Priming was the best way to prevent this
You can also prime the upcycled wooden tray for this makeover. I wanted the chippy finish to show some of the wood so I did not prime it.
Zinsser Bin Shellac Based Primer is my go to primer. It sticks to anything and anything sticks to it!
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You can click below to see our live chat about this easy wooden tray makeover. We’ll be chatting about using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint among other aspects of this project!
how to refurbish a wooden tray
The upcycled wooden tray needed two and a half coats of paint. I say 2 1/2 coats because the last coat was more of a touch-up coat.
Milk paint dries to a chalky feeling finish so I used my worn-out sanding sponge to smooth the texture just a bit. Some of the paint chipped off giving it an antique look.
To seal the upcycled wooden tray, I used Miss Mustard Seek Hemp Oil. Wipe it on and wipe it off. It soaked into the wood and once it has cured for a couple of weeks, you can safely use this pedestal tray to hold fruit.
how to use an upcycled wooden tray
Doesn’t it look so cute holding apples and bananas? We have made several of these pedestal-tray-thingies and our customers have loved them!
I have mine sitting on our dining room buffet near a botanical style fruit print.
Let’s think of some other uses for this upcycled wooden tray!
Imagine with me, Ok?
Maybe it could be used as a candle holder. Put a jarred candle in the center and add some greenery around the candle.
Fill empty mason jars with candies like M&M’s (my faves are peanut M&M”s!), individually wrapped Twizzlers, and bite-size chocolates like Dove Chocolates!
Ok, so I definitely have snack foods on my mind! Let’s say that this wooden tray would be perfect to serve homemade cookies!
Can’t you see a stack of chocolate chip cookies in this wooden tray?
Or maybe peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies???
O golly, I need to stop!
The upcycled wooden tray could be used in the bathroom too.
Cotton balls, Q-tips and handmade soaps would all look nice in this pedestal tray
Share some of your ideas for this makeover in the comments below! I would love to hear how you would use it in your home!
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