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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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!

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~

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

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

What an improvement–love what you did with this!

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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!

It's beautiful!

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

Super Cute!!

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

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

Very cute!!