Stained Tray Makeover

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This stained tray makeover was simple to do…and quick for a brand new look!!

Hello wonderful friends!

I hope you are having an amazing fall so far. It’s going by so fast I tell ya. Christmas will be here before you know it.

Today is Trash To Treasure day and my friends and I are sharing some goodies with you! Lots of fun makeovers.

I’m sharing this I picked up at a garage sale this weekend…

wood tray before

Stained Tray Makeover

I thought it would be a fun one to give a new look to. I love the chevron wood pattern too.

It didn’t take me long to figure out exactly what I wanted to do either.
I hopped over to my shop and pulled this one out…

white stain and finishing oil

Stain in “white”.

Haven’t been to my shop yet? You can find it right here >>> Artsy Chicks Rule Shop

I pulled out a rag and simply wiped this white stain all over the bottom of the tray.

applying the white stain to the wood base of tray

I love that it completely changed the shade of the wood color but kept the variations in color.

I had first considered painting the wood white but then thought my fave Driftwood Stain would be a better look. (see it there on the left?)

applying the driftwood stain to trim sides

And done!

finished tray on wood table

What a difference, huh?

side view of finished tray sitting on dining table

All it needed was a little stain…that took less than 10 minutes to do!

wood tray with metal bowl and decorative ballsdining table with wood tray and metal bowl balls

A few up-close shots…

up close of chevron wood base of tray

up close of driftwood stained sides

Might leave it right here…

dining room with stained wood tray blue dresser mirror on wall

Quick and easy, just like I like em!

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This stained tray makeover was simple to do...and quick for a brand new look!!

Don’t forget to visit my friends to see their makeovers too!

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I hope you enjoyed today’s fun projects!
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


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  1. I love your coastal effects. All the different coastal finishes you’ve accomplished are fabulous. The personal preference thought I have about this one particular item, is that the zig zag pattern of the interior is not adding to the beauty. (Maybe it’s a disorder that I don’t embrace checkerboard or zig zag patterns🙄) But I would paint an art piece on a thin piece of Lexan or acrylic and turn it face down in the tray or put another thin acrylic piece over it. It’s what I’ve done on a lexan computer desk piece for a project. I hope this doesn’t hurt your feelings; it’s just a thought. You are wonderfully amazing; all great adventures to you🤗

    1. Oh yes, I am with you on that! I have never really loved the chevron pattern but don’t mind it much on this one. Doesn’t hurt my feelings at all…I get it! :) xo

  2. Love this tray! Much better than the first picture. Did you do any prep before applying the driftwood stain? I would love to do this to my chairs, but was concerned about the prep.

    1. Thanks, Kay! No, I didn’t have to do anything on this one. I think it really depends on your piece. You could test it out in an inconspicuous area first to see. :)

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