Friday, June 7, 2013

Transformed Tray from IKEA

You've got to see how easy it is to transform a plain ole' tray from IKEA into this:
I love the shape of this tray from IKEA. Not so crazy about the light colored wood.
I started out with the following supplies:
  • 1/4 yard vinyl fabric from Hobby Lobby
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Sandpaper
  • Valspar's paint and primer in one spray paint

 I am in love with this spray paint by Valspar from Lowes. 
The coverage is amazing and the satin finish is perfect!
 I started out by taking out the two screws on one side of the tray.
With the bottom out I went to work scuffing up the wood with my sandpaper. 
With a damp cloth I wiped up the outside of the tray 
and then spray painted the whole thing a coupe times and drying in between coats.
Apparently I did not take pictures of the next couple steps. But here's what I did. Cut the vinyl fabric large enough to fit the base of the tray and wrap around the edges. 
With the middle part of the tray separated from the outside I used my sandpaper to scuff up the glossy white center. Wiped it down clean and then applied the spray adhesive. 
I carefully placed my cut fabric on the center part of the tray and wrapped it around the edges.
After the newly painted outside of the tray was dry
I added the center and attached the 2 screws securing it all back together.
In addition to the great new color and style, the wipes up clean!
Now who's gonna bring me breakfast in bed!


  1. This looks so pretty! Much nicer than the "before"; and it's certainly fuelling my recently developed chevron obsession :) x

  2. Hello! I found your blog by goggling pictures of upcycled Ikea serving trays. Your pictures caught my eye right off the bat, and your DIY instructions were exactly what I was looking for!

    I was wondering about your vinyl fabric... Did you use tablecloth vinyl (the kind with flannel backing) or did you use more of a shower curtain type of vinyl? I'm only having luck finding the tablecloth kind and the heavy-duty upholstering kind, so I wanted to ask and be sure.

    Thanks so much! I can't wait to get started. :)


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