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

19 Replies to “Let it be….TV Tray”

  1. 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

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

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