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TV Tray Makeover

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I’ve got an awesome TV Tray Makeover to share with you today. I always love to see what some stain and paint can do to transform an item. It’s thrift store makeover time again. I love this time of the month to see what my blogging friends transform.

So this month I turned a basic TV tray into this!

Thrift Store Tray After

Amazing stuff right?

So I found this basic TV tray at a thrift store.  I’m sure you’ve all seen one and might even have one.  The store was 30% off that day so I scored it for $2.35.

Thrift Store Tray Before

Very functional… but nothing too exciting to look at.

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So I started by giving it a good cleaning.

Then I gave the white portion a light sanding… I wanted to scuff it up because it was getting a staining!

I used one of my favorite shades of stain lately…. Kona.  It’s a beautiful, rich brown.  I used a foam brush and gave it a nice coat, let it sit about 5-10 minutes and then wiped off the excess.

Thrift Store TV Tray Makeover 2

I let it dry thoroughly overnight and then came the fun part… Painting!  I used an acrylic paint writer in white to create some fun, whimsical flowers.

I started by sketching out some ideas on paper, then went to work.

The paint tip with the paint writer was very easy to use and it took less than 30 minutes to knock-out the design on the tray.

The results…

Thrift Store TV Tray Makeover 7

LOVE!!!  I’ve been wanting something to put my laptop on while working in bed and this is perfect… although I told my kiddos it was so they could bring me breakfast in bed daily!

A few more pics of this TV tray makeover that I’m loving…

Thrift Store TV Tray Makeover 6

Now check out what the rest of the team made over this month.

March Thrift Store Befores
Vintage Vanity Stool Makeover Concrete Planter Makeover Seed Storage Box from a Wooden Recipe Card Holder Thrift Store Coffee Table Makeover TV Tray Makeover Inexpensive Kitchen Wall Decor Repurposed Tobacco Basket Project


  1. So the white surface was just painted wood? I have one of these and I always thought it was something like whiteboard. How much sanding did it take (if you can remember now!).

  2. This is AMAZING! I am a thrift store junkie and I have seen these before but never thought about redoing them! I am so excited to see this transformation. My mind is going crazy now!
    my site is new and I am working on getting posts up from products I have made for my store. stop by and check it out sometime 🙂

  3. Could you add a pattern for the flowers? I just really love the design and haven’t the talent to draw free hand. =)

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