Thrift Store Challenge – Tray Makeover

It is time for another Thrift Store Challenge! Each month a group of fun and very creative bloggers participate in this challenge hosted by Tara from Stilettos and Shiplap and Emily from LeCultivateur. Links to all the participants blogs and their amazing finds are listed at the bottom of this post.  Please check them out. These ladies amaze me every month with the treasures they find.

The rules: We each need to find an item from a thrift store, yard sale, estate sale, antique store, even from someones trash at the curb! You get the idea. Then we need to take the item and basically make it our own, plus style the item in our home.  Sometimes my items are HUGE makeovers, and sometimes my items look just fine the way they are.  Keep reading to see what I did this month.

See all my past Thrift Store finds here.

Here is what I found this month…

I visited my usual Goodwill store and found this tray for $3.99.  Cute, but not my style.  Sorry rooster but you have to go.  It was time for a makeover.  Read on to see what I ended up doing using only things I already had in the garage or in my craft bin.

Step 1…

First, I spray painted it white.  It took several coats to cover up that cute little rooster.  Again, sorry rooster.

Step 2…

Next, since I am into all things coastal and nautical I decided to ‘beach this up’ starting with this anchor stencil I had.  This stencil was left over from when I refinished these bar stools.  I also used left over paint from my August Thrift Store Challenge when I refinished this piece for my dining room.  This blue color is called English Channel.  While I was doing the stencil I also painted the edges and sides of the tray.

Step 3…

Lastly, I could have left well enough alone, but thought it looked a little plain.  Back to my craft bin I went where I found this wire jute rope ribbon.  Not sure why I had this or when I bought it, but obviously I knew I would use it somehow for some project.  This tray was it.

Thrift Store Challenge - Tray Makeover

I wrapped the rope around the handles to make it look a bit more nautical.  This rope has a wire in it so it was easy to wrap and make sure it was tight. Then I glued the edges to the tray using my glue gun just to make sure they stayed.

And here is the finished product.  I styled it a few different ways for you to see how I will use it in my home.  I hope you enjoy!

Thrift Store Challenge - Tray Makeover

One one last Before and After…


Please check out the other Thrift Store Challenge Participants and see their AMAZING Finds below…

Emily from Le.Cultivateur

Tara from Stilettos and Shiplap
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Cindy from Cloches and Lavendar

Danya from Just Another Farmhouse

Tracey from Hydrangea Farmhouse

Shae from Sweet Southern Grace
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  • Reply Tracey October 28, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    I love your tray! I see them all the time in Thrift Stores! The jute on the handle is the perfect touch! Loved joining you in this challenge!

    • Reply Jodi House October 28, 2019 at 7:34 pm

      I see them all the time too! And they are so cheap! Glad you like what I did with it. It was so much fun working with you on this challenge. I loved your tray too.

  • Reply Emily October 29, 2019 at 1:02 am

    Your tray turned out so cute!! I love the twine handles! Such a perfect touch!
    As always, you did an amazing job on this challenge! It’s always a pleasure blogging with you!!

    • Reply Jodi House October 29, 2019 at 7:21 am

      Thank you so much, Emily! It’s always a pleasure blogging with you too and seeing everyone’s treasures!

  • Reply Danya October 29, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Goodbye poor little rooster… btw I totally agree with saying goodbye to him. lol. Your nautical tray turned out great. The twine on the handles were the perfect touch.

    • Reply Jodi House October 29, 2019 at 1:58 pm

      I am glad you agree, I sorta felt bad about covering him up! LOL Glad you like how it came out too.

  • Reply Linda November 1, 2019 at 7:27 am

    I love the tray! It turned out so cute!!

    • Reply Jodi House November 1, 2019 at 8:20 am

      Thank you so much!!! I am really glad you like it.

  • Reply Christina Woodcock November 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Love your tray makeover Jodi! Trays are one of my favorite things to redo! The Hubs calls me a “tray hoarder” 🙂

    • Reply Jodi House November 1, 2019 at 12:46 pm

      haha! That is funny. I might have a tray or two in my home too. They are so easy to find at the thrift stores and cheap!

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