TV Tray Upcycle by Offbeat+Inspired
Beauty on a Budget
In this day and age, everyone is always looking to save a buck or two. That being said, it’s great news when you can create something beautiful and functional on a minimal budget! This TV tray upcycle DIY from the girls at Offbeat+Inspired does exactly that. A 2 dollar yard sale find, these girls saw potential in something seemingly plain, and turned it into a one-of-a-kind piece that not only makes a subtle and beautiful statement, but can be used in any room in the house. Pretty and portable, we think that this project takes the DIY cake! And the best part? The whole project will only set you back about 20-30 dollars. Read below for full instructions to make your own unique TV tray!
PHOTO: c/o Offbeat+Inspired
- TV tray(s)
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in 3 colors of your choosing
- Annie Sloan Soft Wax
- Painter’s Tape
- Pattern stencil
PHOTO: c/o Offbeat + Inspired
- I first started by cleaning the dust and dirt off the TV tray. Don’t skimp on this step because you want to be painting the furniture, not the dirt!
- I then painted on a coat of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Paris Grey. The beauty of this paint is that you don’t have to prime the piece – just slap it right on!
- After the paint dried, I put pieces of painter’s tape in a stripe pattern on the top of the tray. Then I painted the top with Chalk Paint® in Old White. When I removed the painter’s tape, I was left with white and grey stripes.
- Using a small portion of a Royal Design Studio stencil (French Floral Damask) that I had on hand from another project, I stenciled a flower design on the corner of the tray using the Annie Sloan color Versailles.
- I finished the TV tray off with Clear Soft Wax, brushing the wax on with a paintbrush and then rubbing it off with a clean rag. When using this wax, the idea is to rub it into the wood and paint like you’d rub lotion into your hands. You don’t want to leave a layer of wax on the furniture just like you wouldn’t want to leave a thick layer of lotion on your hands.
- I gently sanded down a few spots where I wanted a bit more of a distressed look.
- The next day, I buffed the tray with a soft cloth so that there was a little bit of a sheen finish. If you use soft wax like I did, keep in mind that it takes about 30 days to completely cure. Your furniture can still be used during this time. However, until the wax cures and therefore has its full furniture protecting powers, you’ll just need to be a little more careful about water stains, scratches, etc. The good thing is that if you do have any scratches or stains, just reapply the wax to that area to fix it!