Wood Coffee Table Tray Gets New Makeover ~ Give a tired looking wood coffee table tray photo frame a new rustic and antique look with Fusion Mineral Paint.
I was recently in a thrift store and came across a wood tray that was also a collage photo frame. It really caught my eye. I am not sure why but when I saw it I knew it had potential to become something better. It was a combination photo frame/ tray that had seen better times because it was quite scratched and marked up and the original glass was missing.
I have also been having a lot of fun participating in a monthly challenge that we call #12MonthsofDIY. I have teamed up with 11 other Canadian bloggers and each month we create a different DIY project using a different material. This month the material is wood and the hashtag is #MarchWoodworking. So this wood coffee table tray combination photo collage frame was a perfect excuse to give a much needed makeover for this fun monthly challenge.
At the end of this blog post you will find other links to 11 other amazing wood DIY projects from my talented Canadian DIY bloggers. Expect to be further inspired and have fun checking out each wood project.
Follow me along to find out how this wood coffee table tray gets new makeover project using Fusion Mineral Paint. By the way this is a really quite easy DIY project and a lot of fun to do! Here are my instructions for…
Wood Coffee Table Tray Gets New Makeover
Learn all you can about what products you need and how to apply it to create a rustic/antique look. I had fun watching the Fusion Mineral Paint video tutorials about how best to apply their products. I can honestly say they are informative and very easy to follow.
Fusion Mineral paint is a mineral based acrylic non-toxic paint that requires minimal pre-preparation and when applied creates a smooth self-levelling top coat. It is very easy to apply and a little bit goes a long way.
Browse through the Fusion Mineral Paint website to get ideas and inspiration. There are a lot of different types of products and very pretty colours to choose from. I selected the following products for my wood coffee table tray gets new makeover DIY project:
- Fusion Casement Fusion Mineral Paint
- Fusion Coal Black Fusion Mineral Paint
- Fusion Antiquing Glaze
Use a block sanding sponge to scuff up the original paint finish on the wood tray. For more information about the block sanding sponge I like to use you may want to visit Tips For Painting Distressed Mason Jars. Sand the wood enough to give the old covering of paint a good scuffing and a rough feeling texture
Apply two coats of the Fusion Mineral Paint Casement paint colour. I used two different sizes of stippling/stenciling paint brushes. The smaller size ended up being a better paint brush to work with. The larger size is better for bigger paint jobs like a dresser or a bookcase. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly which only took a couple of hours.
TIP: I placed styrofoam plates underneath to elevate the tray so it did not stick to the newsprint.
Apply two coats of the Fusion Mineral Coal Black paint colour. I switched to a typical large size artist’s paint brush and was very happy working with it and how the applied paint looked afterwards. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly which again only took a couple of hours.
Now after you applied the lovely coal black paint you are going to take a block sanding sponge to sand and scrape the top black coat of paint to give it a distressed look. I used a 3M Pro Grade Precision 36 Grit X-Coarse grade the same kind of sanding block I referred to in Step 3 to do the job. You will notice that after scraping some of the black paint off along the edges and some other random areas on the wood tray that the first coats of casement white surfaced. Now it was starting to get the rustic/antique look I was striving for.
TIP: Be sure to thoroughly wipe all of the dust that you created before going to the next step.
Apply one coat of the antiquing glaze all over the wood table tray. This lovely product takes the newly painted and sanded wood coffee table tray makeover to a whole new level. It makes a painted then scraped and sanded item to something more authentically rustic and antique looking.
TIP: The Fusion Mineral antiquing glaze takes a long time to dry. I found it needed a good 24 hours.
Remember how this tray used to be a collage photo frame? I did not want it to be a photo frame any longer. Instead I wanted to give it a whole new look by covering the bottom with fabric. You may recognize my fabric choice. It is leftover from the fabric I used to sew a coffee table runner for my living room coffee table and I give a comprehensive tutorial here in Coffee Table Runner Easy Sewing Tutorial so you can easily sew up your own. I normally do not go for the ‘matchy-matchy’ look but rather prefer decorating with a coordinated look. But I felt this was a unique DIY décor opportunity that I really wanted to try and I am really happy with the end results.
I used the photo collage frame as my measurement guide to cut the same size from a larger piece of plastic corrugated cardboard that I bought at Home Depot. A large Exacto knife made the job very easy. Then I threw the photo collage frame into the recycling bin.
I secured the fabric to the cut-to-size plastic corrugated cardboard in the same manner as if I were almost wrapping a gift except I used black Duck tape. The backside is not very pretty but the top side looks fabulous.
I also did not mention until now that this wood coffee table tray photo frame collage did not come with a glass covering. I stopped by the glass service shop in the town where I live. They cut a piece of glass to perfectly fit in the frame along with the fabric covering and the piece at the back of the tray.
This is how the finished wood coffee table tray gets new makeover looked when it was completed and put back together…
This is how it looks with the vignette pieces I added to the wood coffee table tray now placed on my coffee table in the living room…
It is now a much improved gorgeous décor addition and goes perfectly with the wood and slate coffee table accented with the burgundy coloured coffee table runner. If you want to get a bigger picture of how my living room looks I invite you to visit Classic And Contemporary Christmas Home Tour where I share and showcase how this large living space is decorated at Christmas time.
Final Comments: That is it! That is my wood coffee table tray gets new makeover DIY project! I am super pleased with how I was able to take a thrift store find for $3.99 and turn it into something much more gorgeous that I am proud to display in a prominent place in my living room.
Getting the glass custom cut cost $15.00 and the fabric ordered through Online Fabric Store was leftover from my Coffee Table Runner Easy Sewing Tutorial . The paints and antiquing glaze came from Fusion Mineral Paints. I found for this wood coffee table tray gets new makeover project that I hardly had to use any of the paint to get a full coverage. That means I have a lot leftover. But I have several other DIY projects planned to use it up. I am not a paint expert but the Fusion Mineral Paints made me feel like one. It was so easy to work with and I am thrilled with the fabulous coverage and the gorgeous paint colours.
Disclosure: I was compensated by Fusion Mineral Paint for this post. However, the opinions expressed are my own. I only recommend products and companies that I use and love myself.
Your Turn: Thank you for reading and following along with ‘Wood Coffee Table Tray Gets New Makeover’! Now I invite you to click on the links of my fellow DIY blogging friends in our #12MonthsofDIY and #MarchWoodworking challenge. Which one catches your eye?
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY fabric project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends.
From the top left, they are:
Wood Coffee Table Tray Gets New Makeover from Time with Thea (That is Me! )
Till next time,