Christmas Tiered Tray (easy makeover!!)

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Don’t love your old decor? Don’t throw it out, paint it! That’s just what I did and I created a pretty decorated Christmas tiered tray too!

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Hello sweet friends!

Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday and I’m sharing my latest “trash” makeover! ;) No, this certainly was not trash BUT it was at my front door in the “pile”.
Not headed for the trash, of course, but headed out of my house! ;) I was planning to take it to a consignment shop along with a few other goodies.
With the rustic galvanized metal trays and old, rusty-ish looking metal center pieces, it no longer matched my new “coastal glam” decor.
So I figured it needed to go.
As I was walking past it the other day, I thought, “why don’t I just paint it? duhhhh…” haha
So I did!

I’m SO glad I had the inspiration to paint it and keep it instead.

Because how cute it this Christmas tiered tray I made out of it?????

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Pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself! ;) And I almost let this sweet tiered tray go.

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In case  you might not remember, here it is at Christmas one year….

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And when I started this project….

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Perfect for the farmhouse look! All rustic and everything.
Not so perfect for what I am going for these days. (although I do still love it…it just does not match as-is)

Here’s what I did to it…and let me tell you, it took me all of 10 minutes, if that.

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I grabbed these 2 paints (and some white paint) and top coat and got to it.

I started by taking it apart and washing it well.
Then I spray the trays and base with the Champagne Mist. (Ryder photobombing! ;) )

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A Holiday Themed Christmas Tiered Tray - artsychicksrule.com (old tray? Make it over too!) #Christmastieredtray #holidaytieredtray #tieredtraydecor #howtodecoratetieredtray

I didn’t take a picture in between this and the white paint, sorry! I get going sometimes and forget I need to share. ;)
But it’s pretty basic so hopefully you can follow what I did here.
As you can see, there is now white paint over the gold.
I simple dry brushed (with a chip brush – best little brushes! Use them all the time.) some of the white paint all over and around the trays.
I ended up going in a circular motion. No wrong or right there.
You could even do a cross hatch style of painting on it too.
I didn’t add a lot, I just wanted to soften it and add a bit of “something” besides the gold to it.

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Not sure how to “dry brush”?? 
I’ve got an entire post, with video, showing how to do it right here >>> “How To Dry Brush

Then I used the “hammered” paint to paint the center piece metal portion.

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I just love the hammered paint for things like this.
It’s the same paint I used on the metal coffee cup holder on my aqua dresser/coffee bar recently.

Once the white paint was dry, I gave the trays a top coat with the lacquer.

Then I put it all back together and decorated it for the holidays as a centerpiece for the kitchen island.

Christmas Tiered Tray

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I hopped back over to Michael’s to pick up the greenery garland and star ornament.
I added in some small LED lighting for fun, too. :) (all the holiday stuff is 50% off)

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The reindeer parking only sign came from Michael’s a few years ago.

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The little gold reindeer came from Target.

I had to have the old white car with the tree on top!
I found that at Lowe’s for 25% off.

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So darn cute. :)

I’m so happy I didn’t let this one go. I love it and can’t wait to decorate throughout the year with different things.
I think it may stay on my island…for now anyway. :)

PIN it to save it!

 

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Don’t go just yet!!

Hop on over and check out my friends’ trash to treasures too!

  1. Vintage Earring Christmas Tree – Girl In The Garage
  2. Christmas Countdown – Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer
  3. Upcycled Farmhouse Tray – Prodigal Pieces

I hope you enjoyed all the trash to treasure projects today!
And my old galvanized tray turned Christmas tiered tray, with a brand new look. :)

See even more holiday ideas here >>> Holiday Project Gallery

I’ll see you back here on Thursday with my Decorating Enthusiast friends. We’re sharing something fun so be sure to stop by!

See you then!

xoxo

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32 Comments

  1. Super cute Nancy, nice save!! Love the paint, Reindeer Parking sign and the car with the tree on top. I know you are enjoying on the kitchen island.
    Yes, this year has zoomed by! What a fun year also!
    Enjoy the rest of your week!
    xoxo

    1. Thanks so much Christina! :) Yes, I’m so glad I didn’t let it go! And oh yes, I’m really enjoying the lighter color in here. Makes all the difference in the world! :) Have a great week!! xoxo

    1. I know, right?! lol Terrible for even thinking it!! ;) Thank you, I’m really loving it too. So happy I didn’t let it go! xoxo

  2. Love the redo. I really love the white car! The red truck unfortunately has been over played this year. I love fresh ideas. I too found a new love…PAINT! I have been enjoying my painting obsession with chalk paint.
    Thanks again for the fresh ideas.
    G

    1. Thanks Gini! Isn’t that little car the cutest??? I had to have it when I saw it! OH lucky you…paint is my favorite! ;) It can do wonders and I truly never tire of the magic it creates. I was just saying to my husband last night as I was painting the trim on our kitchen island redo, how amazing paint is and the ability of it to transform. Even on boring old trim! :) Have fun with your painting!! xoxo

    1. Thanks Christy! Perfect for my home decor now, for sure! Glad I didn’t let it go! Magic paint to the rescue again!! xoxo

    1. I know!! haha!! So bad! ;) And so glad that some sense came to me! hee hee! I’m just loving it now and looking forward to decorating it the rest of the year! xo

  3. Love this! I bought a tiered tray a while back at a yard sale for only $5 in a color that doesn’t work in my home, I definitely need to get it out of storage and spray paint it! They look so fun to decorate! I also just ordered some of the gold reindeer from Target after seeing them on another blog post, and they happened to go on sale this week! Can’t wait to get them! I need to look for one of those cars with the tree, as I have a soft spot for vintage automobiles! I recently bought a larger used dining table that needs some work, and am turning my dining room into an actual dining space instead of an office/hodge podge space. So now I will have the perfect space for my tiered tray!

    1. Thanks Vicki! :) Oh, what a lucky find for $5! Yes, pull it out and paint that thing! The gold reindeer are the cutest little things. I think you will love them. Oh yes, your tray will look great there. Have fun giving it and your room a makeover!! It’s so much fun to recreate a space (and furniture!). xo

    1. Thank you Julie!! And oh my gosh, YES!! Night and day….I’m loving it (and still learning, lol). I never fully learned my other one so there’s that! ;) xo

  4. I love this!
    I think 80-90% of my problem is envisioning something wonderful out of something not-so-wonderful! keep the ideas coming and I may just see something I can transform! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    1. Thanks Gwen! Yes, that can be tough sometimes. I get it! :) I sometimes have to sit with things for a bit and then it hits me! Sometimes it takes longer than others! ;) Happy holidays to you as well!! xoxo

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