Do you have any trays around your house that could use an instant pop of color for a fun, decorative piece? Today, I’m going to show you how I did that with a little paint, Mod Podge, and colorful patterned papers…
We found these trays a few years ago at IKEA and they have certainly seen better days with all the use they’ve gotten. The backing was peeling off a few of them and there were stains on them…mostly from craft projects and weekend movie nights. I found some pretty papers at Michaels on clearance and I thought they would be perfect for giving these trays some color!
There were so many colors and patterns to choose from, so I had a hard time just settling on four. I really liked the way these colors look together.
I started this project by spray painting the trays white so the colors would stand out more. I used a spray paint plus primer so that I could skip a step.
Once the paint was dry it was time to cut the paper. I decided to cut the papers to fit the tray before I added Mod Podge, that way I wouldn’t have any problem removing the excess pieces once the adhesive was set. The associate at Michaels said this Mod Podge, that was specifically for paper, would be the best to use for this project. It can be used for an adhesive and as a sealer…which was just what I needed.
Now, this is the part where I initially went against the directions and honestly wish I had continued to. I immediately added the top layer to the paper as soon as I glued it down to the tray. The directions say to allow the adhesive coat to dry for two hours before going any further, but I found that the way I did it the first time actually worked out better. I added the sealing coat to the green and orange trays immediately after gluing the paper down and the surface turned out so much smoother than the yellow and turquoise trays….which are the ones I followed the directions to apply the Mod Podge. I think it’s usually a good idea to follow directions but based on my experience the first method turned out much better!
If you look close enough, you can see that the orange and green surfaces are smoother than the yellow and turquoise. That’s okay though, I’m not trying to be a perfectionist…just wanted to have some fun looking, colorful trays! I think the colorful paper patterns did just that, adding instant color…
Now I just need to decide how I’m going to use them. I think the orange tray will look great in my kitchen. I’m still playing around with them some.
So two of the trays didn’t turn out perfectly smooth, but I had fun doing it and honestly anything I did would have helped those plain, boring trays. It’s very easy to do and now I have plenty more things around the house I can use the leftover paper for!