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TV Tray Makeover


living_room_main_couchI have a collapsible TV tray that I picked up from Ikea that functioned as a night stand through my college years.  I like the design and it’s the perfect height for the couch.  But as an unfinished wood, years of use took it’s tray sandingI gave the table a good sanding to get out the stains and watermarks.  Those sandpaper sponges are money!  I totally don’t know if I’m misusing it (I just happened across it looking for sandpaper) but it was a lot easier to work with than typical tray spray painting prepAfter giving the table a clear stain, I wrapped the surface with newspaper in preparation for spray tray spray paintingI was really excited to try oil rubbed bronze (ORB) spray paint.  I’m not sure if these legs were extra thirsty or what but the paint job took about half a can of spray paint and about four coats.  And jeez, if regular spray paint recommends using in an open environment, this stuff needs to be used with a gas mask!tv tray wax sealing pasteTrying to really finish furniture painting for my first time ever, I sealed the top with some paste finishing wax.  Despite two coats of clear seal and finishing wax, I still feel like the table top is somewhat porous; moisture doesn’t seem to repel tray finished close upAnd here’s the final tray finishedTo me, the ORB spray paint really didn’t resemble a metallic surface too much.  Perhaps it was the fact that I was working with wood but the results didn’t quite come out as I tray spray painted messAnd I owe the balcony a good scrub down.  It won’t be the first time!  It’s hard working at night and in the dark.

Linked to Sugar Bee Crafts, Home Storiez A to Z, Hope Studios, The Blackberry Vine, Crafty Confessions, Uncommon Designs, Elizabeth & Co., New Nostalgia, Carolyn’s Homework, Clean and Scentsible, The Gunny Sack, Beyond the Picket Fence, DIY By Design, A Little Knick Knack, Somewhat Simple, Delightful Order, The Shabby Creek Cottage.

You furniture painting pros, any tips to really seal furniture?  Any fun Ikea hacks in the works?

Author: Jennifer @ Brave New Home

Hi! I'm Jennifer from Brave New Home ( I blog about overcoming fear and transforming a house into a home one DIY project at a time.

16 thoughts on “TV Tray Makeover

  1. I had one that I painted, but I did it all one color. I like that you left the top natural. Looks great.

  2. Cute! I think the unsealed wood just eats up paint! We re-did a couple of barstools from Ikea in the same wood style and had the same issue.

  3. Stopping in from creative spark.. Love the contrast you used here… Want to come makeover my TV trays?

  4. That looks great! I have two sets of those, four each, so eight total. I know we received one set as a wedding present but I don’t even know where the other set came from, actually! I never thought about painting them but your table looks nice. I’ll have to give that some thought.

  5. I think your tray table turned out really well! I love the ORB mixed with the wood top.

    My current Ikea hack that I’m working on are my cheap Rast dressers that I’m turning into night stands.

  6. That looks so good!!! We have a TV tray too and it was one of only 3 made by my husbands Grandpa. So we have it more for sentimental reasons and love it as well.

  7. It really looks great! I would have set up the same sort of makeshift spray paint ‘box’. Sometimes being crafty on the fly is messy. ;) I’m impressed that you aren’t afraid to try new things. What a lesson to learn. After all, we learn from our mistakes.

  8. Try a few very thin coats of minwax polycrylic to seal off your project. You can get it in gloss or matte finish for whatever look you want!

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