Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Fabric Inspired Tray Makeover

If you have a kitchen island, then you know how quickly it can become a dumping ground of all things random. Everything from keys, to pens, to dishes, to the kids' backpacks and Sunday school papers and who-knows-what-else is lurking under those randomly strewn papers. 

I should really take a picture of my island in the state that it's in right now, but I'm too embarrassed. There MAY or may not be three bags of groceries sitting there from last night just waiting to be put away. (Don't worry I put the perishables in the fridge already!)

Anyway, my goal at the moment is to Contain That Clutter! I'm doing it with a this tray. 

I wish I had some before pictures of the tray to show you but....my camera card wasn't in the camera when I took those before pictures and I didn't realize it until I had painted the first coat of white. {My mom's eyes are seriously rolling back in her head as she reads this. It's the story of my life and one of her greatest annoyances with me!}

Anyway, someone pinned a link to a great fabric site fabricworm.com the other day and while perusing it I came across this fabric pattern and Fell. In. Love.


So this is what I came up with. I started by painting the inside of the tray white. Then I got out my paints and let the brush do it's thing. In hindsight I wish I would have made the green a little more yellow because I was really drawn to that colour in the fabric, but it's too late now I guess.

After I finished painting I sprayed it with some Rustoleum's clear spray paint to protect it a little better.

Here's how it looks now. It's the perfect place to charge the iPad and phones and drop the keys on the way into the house. Plus I'm in love with my little birdy that holds my pens and scissors and other random little things.

While I painted the tray, Brooke and Caleb painted their little hearts out. I picked two of my favorites and hung them in the empty frames to the right of my pallet art. I just taped them to the wall since they didn't fit the frames very well. I'm really digging how they complete the space!

Now to once again contain the kitchen island mess! Have a blessed day!



  1. Your tray turned out so well! I guess we both have been painting lately. :) That fabric is so lovely too.

  2. WOW! that tray looks awesome! I thought you had bought the fabric and glued it on so I was surprised to see you painted that. It looks really good. thanks for stopping by my blog ;)

  3. What a beautiful tray - and I love that pattern!!

  4. its gorgeous! i get ideas but dont know how to do them haha
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  5. That tray is so pretty! I love the painted version more than the fabric version, although the fabric is beautiful your painted touch just adds some warmth and home! Nice job!

    ~Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.

  6. Very pretty! Love the idea of trays, keeps things in their place. Karen@NourishWithKaren

  7. The tray is so beautiful! Their artwork looks great on the wall too. Found you through One Project Closer. :) Megan

  8. Crazy love that fabric! Thanks for sharing, I'm jumping over to check out more fabric pronto.

  9. The tray is beautiful! And everything looks better on a tray, doesn't it? Great idea!

  10. That looks fantastic! What a great design - good eye!!

  11. Thanks so much for linking your tray transformation to the Say G'day Saturday party. I love how it looks-that pattern is gorgeous!

    Hope to see you again this weekend!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  12. Pretty tray makeover. Thank You so much for sharing on last weeks party. Hope to see more from you on my next party.


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