This vintage metal TV tray has been in my family for a while. It was left in the house in which I spent most of my growing up years and was stored in an upstairs hall closet.
The shape is beautiful and I actually didn’t even mind the design that was painted on. (Stop reading now, if seeing this piece painted will hurt your heart.)
When some fellow blogger friends decided to host a map/globe challenge, I’ll be honest. I was at such a loss as for what to do. As with lots of DIYs, they don’t always go exactly as you had planned. The Minnesota map I purchased for the project was much too big, so I decided to do a silhouette of my state instead. But first, let me tell you a quick story (or you can skip the story and just move on to the details of the tray makeover – it won’t hurt my feelings). 😉
I was actually born in MN, but grew up in Wisconsin – with it’s gorgeous, rolling green hills and curving roads through ridges and coulees. Wisconsin has always had my heart. All my childhood memories are based there and for the last 19 years that I have been in MN, it’s never really felt like home. I mean, it’s been home…but without really feeling like home. Do you know that feeling?
But this summer has changed all that. And you wanna know why? Because for the first time ever, we are starting to explore our own state. Over this past 4th of July weekend, we spent the entire day on a beach by a lake, in one of Minnesota’s many state parks. And it was gorgeous. Like…Wisconsin gorgeous. Rolling green hills, water, lush forests and time together as a family, completely unplugged from it all. We’ve managed to find a couple more lovely spots to spend the day, too. It has become our goal to visit as many state parks as we can this summer. There’s so much to do and see…and the only cost is the price of one yearly pass to the state parks (or you can choose to just do a day pass). Such a deal.
So, all that to say…
after 19 (NINETEEN) years of living here. Minnesota is finally home to me. I happily claim it as my state. Do I love all that the MN Winters bring with them? Well, no. Not always. But no matter where you live, there are pros and cons. 😉
What does all that have to do with a vintage TV tray makeover? Let me show you…
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Vintage TV Tray Makeover Supplies
- 1 old tv tray
- good primer
- chalk paint in your color of choice
- foam brushes for primer and paint
- heavy duty cardstock paper
- stencil brush or spouncer
- small scissors
- sharpie for outlining your stencil
- tape for holding paper in place – to draw the shape of your stencils and to hold stencils in place on the tray
- craft paint in your color(s) of choice
- some sort of sealant to protect the surface – I used the Tough Coat Sealer I had leftover from my dining room chair makeovers.
Prime, Paint and Stencil TV Tray
I decided to prime and paint it using leftover white chalk paint from when I did my Faux Footstool Facelift. Then I found and created a stencil using the same technique as I did here and cut out the silhouette of MN. You can see how I went around the outline with tape – this was just to give some reinforcement to the edges.
Once I positioned the stencil right where I wanted it…
I just used some black craft paint that I already had on hand and painted on the stencil. I love when I don’t have to purchase anything to complete a project! 😀
Then did the same for the letters. I found a font I liked and cut out the letters using small craft scissors. This was a bit painstaking…enough so that I completely forgot to take pics for you.
I decided to put the word “home” on it because it so perfectly suits how I feel about MN now. This place really is home. And in true “make do” fashion, I once again used leftover paint for the letters. I had gold paint leftover from my Drop cloth Covered Chair makeover and it was perfect for this.
Finished TV Tray
There’s absolutely no need to go spending good money on a custom state tray when any old tv tray can be easily transformed with some simple items you more than likely already have on hand.
This project cost me absolutely ZERO dollars. Nada. Nothing. And now a great new tray graces my office…the perfect place for my everlasting cup of coffee to perch while I work or read a good book. These kind of projects make for a budget-friendly way to update a corner.
Don’t forget to pin for later! 😉
Which state would YOU put on such a TV tray?