Being able to see what something can be, instead of what it is, is so much fun. Let the imagination soar! This repurposed tray turned message center is a perfect example of that.
Here is what is looked like when I brought it home from the thrift store…
Let’s make a message center out of an old repurposed tray today! :)
How fun is it to take something and turn it into something else entirely?
It’s lots of fun! I love furniture makeovers but I think I love repurposing little thrifty treasures almost as much.
Just like the Repurposed Tray Turned Message Center I’m sharing below.
And the side view….
It had a bit of water damage there in the middle that I had already tried to sand down. (it bubbled up)
I ended up having to take my electric sander to get it smooth.
But the tray was just 3.25. Can’t beat that!
And I had no clue what I was going to do with it once I got it home. ;)
But it came to me quickly, actually.
I decided it would make a neat message center and then things just fell nicely into place.
It doesn’t always go that way and I’m so glad when a project just rolls along smoothly.
Aren’t you? Sure makes it fun and enjoyable!
They do most of the time but every once in awhile…grrr. ;)
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I started out by painting the repurposed tray with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color, Duck Egg Blue.
(and removing the handles….I’ll save those for another project down the road)
I then gave it a dry brush of white along the outside edges to bring out the detail on the sides.
Dry brushing is just that. Taking a dry paint brush, (I like to use a chip brush for this) dipping just the edges in the paint and then wiping away most of the paint on a paper towel or paper plate.
Then just lightly run the brush over your project where you want the dry brush effect.
Once that was all dry, I used the stencil pictured above to create a design on the inside of the tray, also in white.
And since I use and re-use things, I even reused the trim I had applied to this little dresser I recently gave a new makeover to.
I had to trim it a little to make a frame for the chalk board I had planned on the repurposed tray.
But it worked out perfectly.
I painted it white and laid it out where I wanted it to go.
Then I marked the area so I could paint it with the chalk board paint.
Which, by the way, is simply Graphite colored Chalk Paint. (Annie Sloan)
Yep! It makes a great chalkboard.
I applied 3 thin coats, drying well in between.
You can see how I turned this old print into a chalkboard and this old mirror into a chalkboard using the same paint.
Once that was dry, I attached the frame pieces with E6000 glue.
I also added these little clips for holding notes, papers and such.
I sprayed them white to match and used E6000 for them too.
You can screw them in but I didn’t have short enough screws.
Plus, that E6000 isn’t going anywhere! It’s tough stuff.
I hung a string from a screw and tied chalk to the end for note making.
I used a scrap piece of wood, painted white, for holding letters and mail that needs to go out.
It is also attached with E6000.
The hooks are screwed into the bottom for keys and things.
Here is a close up of the white paint dry brushing on the sides….
I love how it brought out all the pretty detail.
So that is it! Pretty simple little project.
Perfect for hanging by your entrance/exit door.
Like the garage or front door….
I’m really happy with how it turned out!
And I’m still loving doing laundry in my brand new laundry room. :)
If you missed that makeover, you can see it here, Coastal Farmhouse Laundry Makeover Reveal.
I bet no one would ever guess that was an old repurposed tray. What do you think?
So as you can see, I sometimes have a vision for things immediately.
But sometimes, it takes a little time. I usually pick something up at the thrift store knowing it can be something great.
Even if I don’t know what that something great is yet! ;)
So think outside of the box. Try to look past what you see, and imagine what it can be instead.
Great way to decorate your home on a budget.
Or even create a unique gift for someone.
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Want to see even more repurposed treasures? Click here to see a bunch more.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!
See you all next week with a fun NEW repurpose!
(Update!! See it now, here!)