Thrift Store Patio Table Tray Makeover ~ Step-by-step instructions showing how to paint a thrift store purchased table tray for an outdoor patio or porch.
It is quite interesting how this thrift store patio table tray makeover came to be. There were several separate things that I had been thinking about that all came together at just the right time. The first thing I want to share is that although ‘Farmhouse’ and French Country’ décor is really in right now, I have a very different décor style in my home. I love the ‘Tuscany and Mediterranean’ décor style of Italy. This is kind of interesting because there is no Italian in my family. Perhaps it has more to do with my love for vineyards, wine, pasta and terracotta. I also love the beautiful colours of this region especially the rich intense blues you see on doors, tiles and outdoor planters in this area. I am not sure what this beautiful blue colour is called but I found it or something very similar to it when I was going through the Fusion Mineral Paint colour choices while selecting paint colours for my Wood Coffee Table Tray Gets New Makeover project. As I was choosing a white and black paint colour for that project I noticed a stunning blue colour that really caught my eye. The only problem was I did not have a project where I could use it at that time. I also saw somewhere in a magazine or it may have even been on Pinterest a patio table tray painted this beautiful blue used to display beautiful flowers in terracotta plant pots. These separate things were filed at the back of my mind waiting to be used.
The next thing that helped this project come together is I have been working with a wonderful group of Canadian DIY bloggers. Each month there is a new challenge and a new theme to create a new project. The following links take you to the projects we have completed so far:
Mason Jar Theme: How To Store Your Sewing Thread Stash In Mason Jars
Fabric Theme: Coffee Table Runner Easy Sewing Tutorial
Wood Theme: Wood Coffee Table Tray Gets New Makeover
Continuing with our #12MonthsofDIY challenge, at the end of this post you will find eleven other links to DIY projects for loads more inspiration. The theme this month is a ‘Thrifted Item’.
You can also join in the fun by adding your DIY Thrifted Item project to the #12MonthsofDIY and #AprilThrifting hashtag and follow all of your hosts on Instagram. We will vote for our favourite on April 30th and share the news on our Instagram feeds. To make it easy for your here is the link to my Instagram account. Just look for the above image in my feed and you will quickly find everyone.
Another thing that came together for this thrift store patio table tray makeover is Earth Day is this month. There are many ways we can each do our share to take care of the planet we all live on by reducing waste. One way and it is a very fun way, is to donate as well as shop at our favourite thrift stores for clothing and housewares. One of my favourite thrift stores is Value Village. I love going on what I call ‘treasure hunts’ because this store is so well presented and organized. I also love that they make it so easy to donate our unwanted items so others can reuse and repurpose their new found treasure. The shelves and racks at Value Village are filled with the potential to be creative and re-useful!
Did you know North Americans alone throw away more than 81 pounds of clothing and textiles per person, per year? Value Village is one of the largest recyclers of used clothing in the world – keeping more than 650 million pounds (that’s comparable to 3,000 blue whales’ worth!) of clothing and housewares from landfills by selling reusable items in-store and responsibly recycling items unsuitable for resale. Making something new out of the clothing and housewares at Value Village also helps us make a difference for the environment.
I did not know it at the time when I headed off to Value Village to go on a thrifted item treasure hunt for this month’s DIY challenge that all of these things would all come together to help me decide what I wanted to buy and what I wanted to do with it. I chose to go to a Value Village that I do not normally shop at to explore a different store. I also had no idea what I was going to make for this month’s challenge. My plan was to browse through the housewares section and see what and when my creative and re-useful inspiration would strike. Keep in mind also that those ideas that I had filed at the back of my mind were still back there. But then a caught a glimpse of a bamboo table tray sitting amongst a collection of mismatched furniture pieces I knew right away what I wanted to do for this month’s challenge.
Everything that was filed away including my love for the Tuscany décor style, my desire to make something with that beautiful blue paint colour I previously referred to and celebrating Earth Day by reusing someone else’s discard all came together as soon as I saw the bamboo table tray at Value Village. I was also excited to have a DIY thrift item for our monthly challenge and most of all I was looking forward to completing and having a beautiful thrift store patio table tray makeover to add to our patio.
The bamboo table tray was very well made and still in pretty good shape but it looked like it had seen better days. The legs were made of bamboo and the tray was made of bamboo glued in a beautiful design on a wood tray.
I thought the bamboo design was gorgeous and hoped the blue paint would further enhance the design. As people say ‘it had good bones’ but it needed to be freshened up.
Here are the materials and instructions just in case you come across a similar piece in the thrift store and want to give it a new look….
Thrift Store Patio Table Tray Makeover
- heavy duty cleaner like TSP
- rubber or plastic gloves
- garden hose with a spray nozzle
- sticky tac
- spray white primer (I always use the KILZ brand)
- paint (I used Mineral Fusion Paint but I think chalk paint will work too)
- natural sea sponge (I bought mine at Michaels in the paint supply department)
- stipple paint brush
- small artist paint brush with a straight edge
- paint finishing product (I used Fusion Mineral Paint Tough Coat Matte Wipe-On Poly but a spray matte protective coating will also work. I talk about that product in How To Paint A Ceramic Glazed Indoor Plant Pot)
Thoroughly clean the table tray with a heavy duty cleaner like TSP. Be sure to wear gloves. I also sprayed the bamboo table tray down outside using a garden hose with an attached spray nozzle.Cover any screws or nails you do not want painted. I used sticky tack and had planned to remove it after the project was completed. I ended up leaving it there because it looked better than the original tarnished screws.
Apply a light covering of white spray paint primer. Apply a second light coat of white spray paint primer. Allow both coats to thoroughly dry for about two hours in between each application.
These instructions are for painting a table tray that has a lot of texture and uneven surfaces like the bamboo tray. If your table tray has a smooth surface you will want to skip this set of instructions. Use a natural sea sponge to paint the first coat. The seas sponge makes it easy to get the paint into the various uneven areas. Let this coat of paint dry. Then use a small artist paint brush with a straight edge to paint all of the areas that were missing paint. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Use a stipple paint brush to paint a final coat of paint ensuring that all areas are covered. If you are only using a stipple brush to apply the paint you will want to apply two coats.
Apply a paint finishing product. This is a very important step because it seals the paint making it longer lasting. My thrift store patio table tray makeover will be sitting outdoors under a covered patio away from rain but it will still be exposed to humidity, sun and heat. The instructions on the Fusion Mineral Paint Tough Coat Matte Wipe-On Poly product said to allow the paint coat to dry for at least 12 hours before applying. Then make sure the painted surface is completely clean and use a lint free cloth to apply two coats with drying time in between each coat.
The thrift store patio table tray makeover is now complete! It is pretty easy to do. It just takes a couple of days because of the different coats of primer, paint and finishing product.
Final Comments: I have not mentioned the name of the beautiful blue paint colour that I found in the Fusion Mineral Paint colour collection. The name of it is ‘Liberty Blue’. I do not know if it is a true Tuscany style colour but I loved applying it and I love how it turned out. It is so much fun working with such a stunning deep colour.
I placed three terra cotta plant pots on the patio table tray planted with pretty pink geraniums. It now has the ‘Tuscany’ look I love and will look gorgeous throughout the coming spring and summer.
Disclosure: I was compensated by Value Village for this post. However, the opinions expressed are my own. I only recommend products and companies that I use and love myself.
I also want to thank Judy the owner/instructor at The House Of Van Gogh in Calgary, Alberta. She is the only stockist carrying Fusion Mineral Product paint products in the city. I also really appreciate her excellent advice and tips for helping to make this Thrift Store Patio Table Tray turn out as well as it did.
Here is pinnable image for sharing and future reference…
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:
Thrift Store Patio Table Tray Makeover from Time With Thea (That is me!)
Which idea inspires you to file in the back of your mind and perhaps replicate one day?