Thrift Tray Makeover…

If y’all have followed us for any length of time you know how much Jennifer and I love thrift shopping. I think it’s the adrenal rush of the hunt…finding a great item for a fantastic price. You know the feeling – we spot an item out of the corner of our eye, we try to play it cool so that other customers aren’t alerted to our excitement or the direction that we are headed. We keep mentally telling ourselves “don’t run!” as if there is going to be a stampede because every shopper knows which aisle we are headed to.

Admittedly more times than not, we are disappointed when we finally make our way to the actual item. It’s either priced too high or isn’t quite what we are looking for. As of late, we’ve been in a thrift store slump. We have recently left multiple stores empty handed and a little broken hearted. We love to find thrift items that need a little TLC – whether it’s a piece of furniture for our booth or something smaller that we want to up-cycle for our individual homes. We just love rescuing these items and giving them a makeover.

Like this handmade tray:

A thrift store wooden tray gets a makeover. A bit of whitewash and dark wax make it look beautiful!I fell in love the second I spotted it. Someone made this awesome wooden tray with their own two hands. It’s not perfectly crafted, but to me that adds to the charm. The wood has seen better days as there are lots of stains all over. The side tray hole handles aren’t perfect circles and the finish (which I think is old-school shellac) has lots of drips and fingerprints which makes me love it more.

A thrift store wooden tray gets a makeover. A bit of whitewash and dark wax make it look beautiful!But what really pushed me over the edge is this price tag!!

A thrift store wooden tray gets a makeover. A bit of whitewash and dark wax make it look beautiful!AND – it was Green tag day, which means any item in the store with a green tag is 50% off! That letter G next to the price stands for green, so my new project tray was less than $1.00…can you believe it? I knew immediately how I was going to give this thrift tray a makeover.

First, I gave the tray a bit of a whitewashed finish. Below is the total amount of  homemade chalk paint that I used…

A thrift store wooden tray gets a makeover. A bit of whitewash and dark wax make it look beautiful!I saturated my clean paint brush with water and began smearing the paint around the entire tray.When the tray was covered in watery paint, I used a clean rag and wiped off the excess.

A thrift store wooden tray gets a makeover. A bit of whitewash and dark wax make it look beautiful!This is how the tray looked after it dried…

A thrift store wooden tray gets a makeover. A bit of whitewash and dark wax make it look beautiful!

A thrift store wooden tray gets a makeover. A bit of whitewash and dark wax make it look beautiful!I wanted to add a bit of warmth to the finish, so I used my trusty dark paste wax. A little bit of this wax goes a long way, so I used just a very small amount and buffed it real well.

A thrift store wooden tray gets a makeover. A bit of whitewash and dark wax make it look beautiful!I gave my new tray a place of honor,  in the center of my dining room table. I think it looks great!

A thrift store wooden tray gets a makeover. A bit of whitewash and dark wax make it look beautiful!I also love my ironstone pitcher…

A thrift store wooden tray gets a makeover. A bit of whitewash and dark wax make it look beautiful!The shellac drip on the side of the tray doesn’t bother me at all. It’s a reminder that someone worked hard crafting this tray.

A thrift store wooden tray gets a makeover. A bit of whitewash and dark wax make it look beautiful!

A thrift store wooden tray gets a makeover. A bit of whitewash and dark wax make it look beautiful!

A thrift store wooden tray gets a makeover. A bit of whitewash and dark wax make it look beautiful!

Not too shabby for a dollar, right? Needless to say, this find has rejuvenated us to keep up the thrift hunt. You never know what you’re going to find or be inspired by. Have you gotten a good thrift deal lately?

XO~Vicki

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Comments

  1. says

    This is so beautiful! Super fantastic job on the whitewash which I know isn’t always easy! I love everything in the last picture. Feel free to shop to Florida including that super fantastic mirror in the background.
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  2. says

    Such a great makeover! Love it with the white ironstone dishes. I had to laugh at your comment about telling yourself “don’t run!” I do the same thing! Have a great day!

  3. says

    Vicki and Jenn, this tray is fabulous. I can’t believe it was $1. Score for sure. What a great makeover and the tutorial and pictures are once again FABULOUS too. LOVE it and looks so beautiful with your white ironstone too. have a great day xo Lisa
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