Let it be….TV Tray

We use our TV trays a lot at our house.
They are so convenient to pull up as a desk for homework or a snack while watching a favorite movie.
I don’t want to keep them hidden in a closet anymore so I made one that fits in with our home decor.
These natural pine TV trays came in a set of four.
I painted this one white…
I didn’t even sand it first. I used Bin primer – lots of it. Then my 2X cover spray paint.
Once it all dried…
I used my Cricut to print out a saying.
(I would use stencils here but I can not find them anywhere since I started packing for my move)
Since I wanted this piece to look really old and look as if it has had a few layers of paint that have worn, I took a sponge roller with some wall touch up color and lightly rolled it all around the tray.
Then I scraped it while wet and once it dries – sand it a lot!
It’s OK if my words come up – they are there so I can trace where they were once I remove them.
Then I sand more…
Apply some Dark Walnut stain to the wood areas that come through the paint and rub quickly with a towel or T-shirt. This is a good time to have baby oil on hand to help it blend but….I can’t find mine.
So I used…
Murphy Oil Soap…it worked OK. It took more paint off than I wanted it to but –
it looks fine.
I retraced where the words were with my permanent black paint pen.
Once it was dry – I sanded it too.
There it is…

Let it be..
This saying is one of my amazing friend’s favorite quote.
When I pull out this tray and read that I will think of her.

See another makeover of a TV Tray HERE.

to see how I distress wood with a razor blade Click Here
view more about building your own benches or tables here
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ℳartina @ Northern Nesting
May 22, 2012 6:52 pm

Very cute!!

May 22, 2012 7:15 pm

Holly, I love how you show the sanding, scraping, and Murphy's oil techniques. I always adore how your distressing works out! Love it! ~ Jamie

Bonnie @ Uncommon
May 22, 2012 7:50 pm

Now that is quite the transition! great tutorial and tips too! 🙂

May 22, 2012 8:24 pm

Super Cute!!

May 22, 2012 8:31 pm

What a great idea! I have one of these trays & have never thought of transforming it before. Thanks for the inspiration.

May 22, 2012 9:07 pm

It's beautiful!

May 22, 2012 10:02 pm

Wow you just changed my opinion of TV trays. While they are super functional they're hardly attractive. THIS is just perfect! Now I want to buy a set just to try this technique. Thanks for the tutorial Holly!

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop
May 23, 2012 2:02 am

What a great job you did…you would pay a fortune for that in a store…love the whole little vignette! All the best,Chrissy

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
May 23, 2012 2:22 am

gorgeous and inspirational! i feel like i need that somewhere in my home.

May 23, 2012 1:50 pm

TV trays have come a long way since I was a kid! I remember when they were metal and plasticy on top. When I was first married, I had a set of oak trays. I have since gotten rid of them. They do come in handy though. Yours look great with your paint project!

May 23, 2012 5:19 pm

Amazing, so inspired by your eye for color and your projects are so pretty. Your fairly recent follower :)Tanya

Shirley@Housepitality Designs
May 23, 2012 10:40 pm

Great tray….love, love the saying….:)Have a wonderful week!

Gypsy Heart
May 23, 2012 11:54 pm

What a great idea! I love the saying too.Pat

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Shabby chic Sandy
May 24, 2012 6:12 am

What an improvement–love what you did with this!

Drama Mama Lori
May 24, 2012 2:19 pm

You made this look really cute! I might not even have noticed that it was a 'tv tray' – it just looks like a cute little side table! ~Lori

Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama
May 24, 2012 9:26 pm

love it,, you made it blend so nicely with your decor..

May 27, 2012 7:46 pm

Cute, but how come your blog isn't coming to my email any more??? I'll sign up again if it will let me.~Bliss~

Amy Kinser
June 3, 2012 12:51 pm

You know that everyone of us is going to be doing this to their tv trays, right? And, for those of us who got rid of theirs that looked like your before, yep, they will be on the hunt for some.Great idea!