DIY: TV tray Makeover

Posted In: Home
Slowly but surely we are making our apartment feel like a home and with help from a few DIY’s our living room is looking a lot more colorful and inviting! My friend Heather painted her TV tray’s grey and placed a gold monogram vinyl sticker in the middle. After seeing this i decided to do something similar, but with colorful paint and patterns!
If you missed it, check out my Scrapbook Canvas Wall Art
All you need:
– TV trays
– old blanket 
– spray paint (in color of choice)
– protective spray paint (didn’t use the one pictured)
– paint
– paint brushes
– painter’s tape

1. Buy some TV trays, we bought ours from a yard sales website!
2. Choose the color scheme. Since we’re trying to make our living room as colorful as possible without painting the walls, i chose the color scheme orange, blue and white!
3. Find a spot outside, place the tv tray on top of the used blanket and get your paint on! The orange color turned out beautifully! You can also leave them like this, but i wanted to have fun with it and painted different patterns on top.
4. Choose the patterns you’d like to paint. At first i wanted to do chevrons on all of them but after finishing the first one i noticed it was too much work, so i decided to do different patterns on each.
5. Use the painters tape to make your patterns and paint! πŸ™‚
6. Wait until the paint dries, put another coat on it, wait and then spray with clear finish spray paint.

Price of Materials:
TV trays (used) – $20
Blanket – free, previously owned
Spray Paint (4-5) – $32
Painter’s Tape – $7
Acrylic Paint (5 bottles) – $7.50
Paint Brushes – free, used from previous diy!
Clear Finish Spray Paint – free, used from previous diy!

Total: $66.50

(Note: this DIY took me forever!! I started it in June but i had to wait for the Base Exchange to get a new shipment of orange spray paint because i ran out half way through, and then i got a little bit lazy! But if you’re in the States and have a friendly neighborhood Hobby Lobby or Michael’s it should take you as long as it took me!)

  • IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!!!! I'm in love with the color AND design of these babies and I'm going to be doing this because now that things are coming out of storage I have 4 TV trays that I am not loving. Also, this post lived up to my expectations. LOVE IT!

  • those are beautiful! they turned out so great laura!

  • YAYAYAY!! i know you were waiting on this so i pushed myself to take the after pictures and to publish it today, also because i needed some original content a.s.a.p!! :)) I'm so glad you liked them!! *happy dance* You should totally do this to your tv trays, just a colorful coat of spray paint makes them look waaaay better than that ugly wood color! and it only takes maybe an hour?!

  • yay i'm glad you liked them !! i am so in love with the results and they give an awesome pop of color to my dull beige walls! :))

  • Oh, wow, so cute! Those look great! And, btw, love your new blog design. Really pretty!

  • Mar

    What a great DIY project. I saw a few of these at goodwill the other day and probably should have bought them. Did you have to sand them down a bit at all?

  • They are so well done!
    Wow, Laura, I am seriously so blown away by these. They look like a whole new piece. I also somehow missed the canvas' which are absolutely beautiful too, by the way. I love your style, and look forward to more of your diy home posts.

  • Wow! Those are so cute. I feel like even if I DIYed it, I'd mess up on such intricate detailing! Beautiful.

  • Alison Toback

    I love these! We have two TV trays and one has a stain from nail polish remover… I wonder if I can remedy that with an adorable paint job!

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