Simple Style: DIY Tray Makeovers

As I mentioned on Facebook, I recently wallpapered our kitchen nook. Loving it! The space isn’t 100 done {still needs window treatments}, so I am holding off sharing the final reveal until then. But, I wanted to share with you a very simple tray makeover I did to hold the kids homework supplies.
diy chic white tray wallpaper lined
With a remnant piece of wallpaper {Treillis by Manuel Canovas}, scissors, spray adhesive and some high-gloss white paint, I transformed a yard sale find, black painted wooden tray. Now it’s fresh, chic and makes a great homework station.

manuel canovas treillis wallpaper green white vert

Here are a few more of my favorite DIY tray makeovers…
jonathan adler greek key tray diy
My friend Kate from Centsational Girl used a little Jonathan Adler fabric {originally a Mykonos placemat} to line a gray lacquer tray from West Elm. The result is just fabulous, don’t you think?

diy paper lined tray
Found on SweetHome, here’s another tray that has been transformed using a little paint and decorative paper. So sweet.

martha-stewart-diy-chevron-trayUsing a standard baker’s tray and bold chevron fabric, Martha Stewart’s decorating editor Rebecca Robertson, makes a real statement. So chic! Find the tutorial at Martha Stewart.


Felt is another great way to dress up a tray. Using a silverware or utensil tray, simply line the inset areas with felt. I found this great idea on Apartment Therapy.
If you have seen other fun tray makeovers or have done one yourself, please share them with us on Facebook!
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10 Responses to Simple Style: DIY Tray Makeovers

  1. patch1308 October 5, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    Very pretty ideas, I like some of the Christmas decorations especially the colored baubles 🙂

  2. Megan {Honey We're Home} September 30, 2011 at 3:39 am #

    Such a quick and easy project with fun results. And I love the sneak peek of the wallpaper in the background!!

  3. Michaela September 30, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    Oh, your tray turned out fabulously!! LOVING what I can see of the green wallpaper. I just remembered I have to text you a picture of my new dresser (:

  4. Jessie September 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    What a great project! Love how your tray turned out, it looks fabulous! Looking forward to see the big reveal!

    Please check your email, a lovely surprise awaits you. 🙂


  5. LisaMende September 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Love your new wallpaper, what a cheery space you have created! Also, enjoyed the post today, makes me want to make a tray!

  6. The enchanted home September 29, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    LOVE this idea!!!! Now you have me wanting to try this, this might be the only DYI project I have seen lately that I think I could possibly tackle! I love how you can just customize it so easily…..thanks for a great idea for a fun weekend project!!

  7. Hamptontoes September 29, 2011 at 12:54 am #

    Looks fabulous! I too, have done this many times…also looks good with a lucite tray too. It is fun to see that you have an activity tray in your kitchen…we do too! Inside of jar with edible goodies, I have jars with things that suggest doing a craft/activity while I make dinner or pack lunches…crayons, kids scissors, stickers, etc. Fun!

  8. Deb's mind September 29, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    So simple but so pretty!! Thanks Cristin.

  9. CDS September 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    That's really pretty! I need to find better ways to organize our kitchen! 🙂

  10. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) September 28, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    How fun, such great and creative ideas. Love them. Hugs, Marty