Friday, November 4, 2011

Turquoise Serving Tray

One of my favorite places to find decorating treasures is the Dollar Tree. I love it because you never know what you will find there, and whatever you do find is only $1. So whenever I'm pondering new decorative accents, the Dollar Tree is one of the first places I go hunting.

Most recently, I wanted some type of board to pin up notes and recipes in my kitchen. So I decided it was time to make a Dollar Tree trip. This metal  tray was the solution, I could customize it to match my kitchen colors and it fit into the space under my cabinets.

First,  I primed the tray. Next, I painted the edges with Art Deco's Dark Eucalyptus Green paint after lightening it some with white paint (since they no longer carry the Light Eucalyptus Green color). Then, I antiqued the edges with FolkArt Antiquing Medium.

I had some scrap booking paper with a beautiful turquoise floral design that I loved and thought it would be perfect for my tray. I measured and cut the scrap book paper to size and then applied a layer of Mod Podge Matte-Mat to the tray and affixed the paper to the tray. I then applied two more coats of Mod Podge over the paper to seal and protect the surface. Finally, I glued a sawtooth hanger onto the back for hanging. Now I have a decorative wall hanging and magnetic board.

This was a very simple, easy and inexpensive project that is not only functional, but also also adds a huge pop of color to my kitchen. I love it!

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  1. This is a great idea! Now I have to try it, lol. Thanks for the inspiration! (I found you on Terrific under ten)

  2. Great Idea! I'm a fan of the dollar store myself, but I'd never guess that where this started.

  3. Love this! I have a tray that I was trying to find a use for. Very cute.

  4. This is incredible! I thought it was an expensive vintage piece when I saw the first picture before reading how you did it. It looks great. I have some bare walls in the kitchen that I could use something like this on, I am going to check my Dollar Store for a similar tray, thanks for sharing!

  5. I adore your tray! The color matches the paper so perfectly!
    thanks for linking up and linking back to catch as catch can
    ps catching you this week

  6. This is a beautiful project! I love the $ store too. I always find something and I never pay too much! I may just have to go out and do this!

  7. Thanks,this is one of my favorite projects and it was quick and inexpensive, under $2.