Saturday, February 18, 2012

Fantastic~Shabby Chic~ Decoupaged~ Serving Tray Tutorial~ make for under $2.00


A trip to the Thrift Store clears my mind, and starts the creative wheels turning! 
 Here is a Crazy, Shabby Chic, Fabulous Serving Tray, 
SURE to be a conversation piece at your next party!

Materials needed:

  • Tray~ I got mine at the thrift store for $1.00... but they can be purchased unfinished at the craft store
  • Calendar/Heavy Duty Scrapbook Paper
  • Cream Acrylic Paint or color of YOUR choice!
  • Scissors & Paper Cutter
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Tool to remove air bubbles
  • Fine Grain Sandpaper
  • Krylon Matte Acrylic Spray

 When I went to the Thrift Store, I did find my tray already stained, but unstained is fine too... you are going to be painting your tray with your Acrylic Paint! When you are painting the tray, you will want to paint with the grain of the wood, in thick even strokes. Usually, I use 2 coats of paint for good coverage. If you want your paint to dry more quickly, use a hair dryer on low heat between coats.

A dear friend of mine gave me an old calendar, KNOWING that I would put it to some Crazy~ Creative use. NOW is a great time to find calendars since they are marked down! Sure enough, I knew this calendar would look fabulous decoupaged into the base of my Thrift Store tray. Using a pair of scissors, and then a paper cutter, I cut out the pieces I wanted to use. Squares of your favorite 'heavier weight' scrapbook papers will work fine also. After I had chosen all the pieces that I wanted to use in my tray base, 
I laid them out, and took a picture~ 
just so I would remember how I wanted to place them when decoupaging!

I then applied a good coat of Mod Podge to the underside of the calendar squares and laid them in place. I then applied another coat of Mod Podge to the surface of the paper.   Using a wooden tool I began pushing out the air bubbles... BE GENTLE as it is easy to push holes in your paper. For stubborn air bubbles, I applied some Mod Podge to my fingers and gently pushed the remaining bubbles out.

Once all pieces were in place, I coated the entire surface of the tray base with another coat of Mod Podge. Keep in mind, you want to brush in one direction so that you do not have any 'odd' brush strokes once the Mod Podge is dried. I used a damp rag around the edges of the tray to remove the Mod Podge from the wood part of the tray. I gave ONE more coat of Mod Podge to keep the surface protected when using the tray.

Once the tray was completely dried, I used a piece of fine grain sand paper to remove some paint from the handles and the corners of the tray to give it that Shabby Chic look! Less is best! Once you have achieved the look you desire, use Krylon Matte Spray to coat your tray. Follow the directions on the bottle. 
 I usually use 2 coats of the Matte Spray for SUPER PROTECTION! :)

This tray is going to look Shabby Chic~ Fabulous with a Fab Dip/Chip combo at my next party. I loved this idea so much, that I ran to the Thrift Store again last week and um.... another project awaits me!

Hope you will find this to be a fun project that you can try. 
 It is easy, inexpensive, and OH SO CHIC!

Would LOVE to see your projects. Feel free to message me, and I would love to include YOUR idea on my next blog.

Living, Laughing and LOVING my life,



  1. I love this, I have a tray just like this that I have never done anything with it. Now I know what to do. I just pinned this also.
    I have been linky followers blog hopping for two days and I am loving it. I have met so many amazing and talented people like you. I am now following you on linky and would love a follow back.

    My Turn (for us)

    Thanks, I so enjoyed the visit

    1. EVELYN!!! so glad you liked the blog and SO exited to see what you create with your tray... isn't it amazing the things we collect and then can 'REMAKE' :) am going to be following you to see what you have going on! Thanks for reading! Have a GREAT 'rest of the weekend'!

  2. I found you on Linky followers and am now following you! Please visit my page when you have a chance

    1. Justine... DEFINITELY need to find way to save so I will be following you! SO glad to have you on board with my blog! :)

  3. I'm so glad I found your blog...I love to decoupage. I'm following you on GFC and LF, and I would love if you would follow back, so we can stay connected. This Linky tool is great for meeting new blog friends, Lori

  4. Lori... SO glad you enjoyed! I LOVE to decoupage you can tell! But is just one of my MANY interests... LOOK forward to following you. Thank you so much for stopping by and will look forward to staying LINKED! ;)

  5. wow!! that came out so beautifully...$2.00...are you kidding?! You know what you are doing!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  6. Yep... I am a THRIFT SHOP JUNKY and a thrifty crafter!!! :) SO glad to have you on board... thanks for following and I am headed to your page right now!!!! :)

  7. Tera... isn't the linky GREAT... going to visit and follow you now. Thanks for stopping by... after joining you, onto the NEXT project! :)

  8. Hi! I am following on Linky would you follow back. Pat

  9. HEY PAT! Thanks for the follow and anxious to follow you back! Have a Great day... look forward to seeing your blog! :)

  10. Very pretty!! I'm your newest follower and I'd love if you followed in return. I'd love if you shared this on my little party:

    Hope to see you there!

  11. I am actually coming to your site re. the FOLLOWER linky blog hop, and am following you ! :-) Will you follow me back?? Thank you so much when you do.

    PLUS: There is also a party on our blog, where you can feature 'your best creative work'. There are some great projects to see already, but we want to see your work!

    Anyhow, use this link both to FOLLOW and to PARTY:

    Hope to seeing you around!!
    Have a happy, creative day!

  12. I'm following you now and would love to have you follow me also. Thanks. Linda