The Story of a Mom, a Wife a Small-Business-Owner-Hopeful (Happy Baby Designs) and a Craft Lover, trying to be present (not just exist) in my life with my children, my husband and myself. Follow along with me as I chronicle my crafting and business endeavors, my true life and some mommy moments along the way .

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Craft Tray

So if you've been reading my blog, you know I am preparing for a living room/dining room makeover. This room doubles as my guest room/craft room, so it serves MANY purposes. Anyway, since it's a large room and there is A LOT I want to do in there, I've already starting working on some projects. Check out the CD Rack I turned into a Fabric Rack. I'm already feeling more inspired in there!

Since my dining room table is also my craft table, I wanted all of my crafting supplies to be portable. That way when we need to use our dining room table for its intended purpose, I can quickly pick up all of my crafting supplies. So I came up with the idea of using a tray!

Trays are not exactly an original idea, but they've never been useful for my lifestyle. I don't find myself bringing my husband his morning coffee in bed, or taking fresh squeezed lemonade out to the porch, or whatever romantic purpose people in magazines use them for. But now I have a use for one!

I've actually had this tray for a LOOOOOONG time. I bought it at an estate or garage sale (I can't even remember it's been so long). It's traveled with me through several moves because I just KNEW one day I would find a use for it.

Here's what it looked like when I bought it...

Let me give you a close up of that beautiful design...

So the first thing I did was prime it and paint it. Already it looks a million times better!

But of course I couldn't just leave it like that. Too boring! So I Mod Podged some cute scrapbook paper to the bottom. I did have to piece 2 pieces together and that was a little tricky to get the pattern to line up, but other than that, this project was so simple!

So cute, right?
I can just load up all of my stuff and set it out of the way. Quick, easy and most importantly...cute!

So I'm sure you noticed my yellow canisters labeled "coffee" and "nutmeg" and are probably wondering what those are doing on the tray (since I already told you I don't take my husband his morning coffee in bed). These are part of a set of 6 antique canisters that I picked up at an antique mall because 1) I loved them! 2) they are perfect for storing all of my notions that I don't want "out" and 3) I loved them! Stay tuned to see how exactly I plan to use them in my NEW CRAFT ROOM!

Linked to:



Show and Tell Friday with This Romantic Home

Decor Mamma
Transformation Thursday
Beyond The Picket Fence



  1. adorable! i have a similar tray that is primed.... and i got no further because i was waiting for inspiration. i think you just gave it to me! thanks!

  2. Great idea!! And wow - that tray is improved by a million times...that was ugly...

    I have some old grungy, gorgeous tool boxes I use that way sometimes...

  3. It looks so good! I have a few of these that I was planning to do the same thing on, but I wasn't sure what to do about the paper. You can even tell you used 2 sheets! I guess I'll bump this project up and work on it this weekend!

  4. Im visiting from NFF!
    That tray is sooo cute!
    Im now a follower

  5. This is a wonderful idea! I love it! I'm always moving from room to room in my house so I can craft and be with the family so... a tray like this would really help out! I'm starting the hunt for a tray right now. Thanks for sharing! I'm visiting and following from NFF. :)

  6. Very nice! I love anything that keeps down the clutter (especially if it's cute).

  7. That looks gorgeous! Great job!

  8. Great makeover! It turned out fabulous!! : )

  9. ha, a redo like this is part of my future projects list. looks so cute and super functional.

    stopping over from new friend friday

  10. I have a similar tray waiting for some attention. Thanks for the inspiration! Thanks for linking up today.


  11. Great redo!!! It looks sooooo much better!

  12. How cute.. it's kinda ironic,, I did the exact thing this past week.. paid $1.00 in a garage sale for it! It's now white with blue paper bottom....
    What do they say, "Good minds think alike"...
    thanks for posting!

  13. You did a wonderful job transforming that tray.

  14. great project, who would've known it was the same tray, looking forward to seeing your craft room!

  15. What a fabulous transformation. I lovethe idea of a craft tray - everyone needs one of those! Fantastic job! Thanks for joining The Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  16. Nice project. I would love it if you would link this up in Modern Craftswoman Monday. Very well done. Rory

  17. Очень красиво))))Привет из России)Марина

  18. Thanks again for linking! I look forward to watching the progression of your room makeover! Be sure to post more next week! Rory


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