THIS FREE BUTLERS TRAY TABLE GETS A BRAND NEW LOOK USING CACTI AND SUCCULENTS!
Hi, creative #sifamily! I have a fun Tray Table Makeover for you today with some trending cacti and succulents stealing the show! This is a build your confidence project so if you’re a total beginner, this one’s for you! If you’re an old pro, you’ll appreciate the simplicity of this drastic before and after and I hope it sparks and inspires some ideas!
Here’s the tray table I started with. It was a FREE curb-shop find. It’s been sitting in my inventory for months (probably years!) and every time I looked at it, I was uninspired. Have you ever had one of those pieces… for whatever reason you don’t want to work on it???
If it wasn’t for these cute Belles and Whistle Cacti & Succulent Transfers, it would probably be sitting in my inventory for another year…lol. Here’s the new look!
I let the transfer design do all the heavy lifting and work on this one and what a difference! What do you think?
This Bombay Co. tray table can be used for a breakfast tray, tv tray, or even a plant stand! Now it has WAY more character and cuteness, don’t you think?
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TRAY TABLE MAKEOVER
Over the years I’ve found my inspiration comes from unexpected places. Some of you may or may not know I LOVE to garden! And once the gardening season starts, it’s a challenge for me to hunker down in my studio to paint furniture. Our gardening season is SO short here in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) so I’ve been planting all my vegies and trying to make the most of it. This year I’ve been doing some seed swapping with my sister’s mother-in-law Jo and some flower exchange with Andrea so it’s nice to have gardening partners.
This tray table was totally inspired by my gardening this week. As I mentioned this curb-shopped butler’s tray table has been sitting around for a few years. But when I saw this adorable succulent transfer after admiring my sister’s succulents, I knew exactly what I wanted to do!
Here’s the 411 of this makeover…
I started by taking off the legs and removing the hinges from the tray. Then I gave everything a really good cleaning with this White Lightning Cleaner.
After it was rinsed and dried, I used this Slick Stick Bonding Primer so no sanding was required.
To get a gorgeous creamy base coat, I painted two coats of this Buttercream Chalk Mineral Paint.
CACTI & SUCCULENT TRANSFER
I left the two coats of Buttercream to dry overnight and the next day I added this adorable Cacti & Succulent Transfer.
Applying these Belles and Whistles transfers is super simple.
- Cut out the piece you want to use
- Remove the backing
- Place it where you want.
- Smooth it out.
- Rub the design on with the applicator provided.
I have a full video tutorial on How To Rub-On Transfers here.
I used a full sheet on the bottom of this tray.
And I cut out the designs I liked for the sides.
To seal and protect this tray, I used this Easy Peasy Wax in a spray bottle. This wax is perfect for beginners! I’m not sure why I don’t use this on more projects because it’s SO darn easy… spray and wipe off excess and it dries and cures REALLY fast! My friend Amy from AJ Vintage Designs has a super short tutorial on this Spray Wax here.
Here’s how it all came together.
This is such a fun design, don’t you think?!
As I’ve mentioned before, the great thing about working with transfers is they are SUPER forgiving. If you have any flaws in your furniture, they are a perfect way to hide them in an artistic way… and you don’t have to be an artist. They can also add so much character to a solid color-painted piece!
Here’s another look at this tray table makeover before and after. I hope it’s sparked some new ideas for your projects. I also hope I’ve inspired you to get out there and nurture ALL your different interests because you never know where your next source of inspiration will come from. 💕
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS TRAY TABLE MAKEOVER. FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!
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