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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Dawn said...

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

Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife said...

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

Amy said...

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

Colleen said...

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!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

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

So Many Little Things said...

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!

Wanda @ Centsible Chic said...

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