Hi friends, today I’m going to share the story of how forgotten gift basket tray got a “beachy serving tray makeover.” “What is a beachy serving tray makeover?” you ask. When I worked in the corporate world we’d get beautiful gift baskets from customers during the holidays. Many years ago my boss got and shared a gift basket with us and she let me take the tray home. I had plans for it but it ended up on our refrigerator to corral the bags of chips or whatever made its way up there. Then it got moved to the garage where my husband stored some stuff in it for a few years.
When I started my Patio Refresh project I knew I could make this tray pretty. Even though it turned out beachy” it works great on the patio.
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Beachy Serving Tray Makeover Supply List
- Serving tray with handles
- Paint (two colors)
- Paint brush (This is my favorite brush)
- Jute String
- Glue Gun
This ugly little tray started out green all over but after years of neglect it was ready for a beautiful beachy serving tray makeover.
First I applied a few coats of yellow paint. Being mindful of my budget I used the same paint from my daughter’s nightstand makeover.
I painted the inside a different color to give it the two-tone look. Thinking I’d use it outside most of the time I used the same paint as my seagrass rug. Painting the edges were a a bit challenge.
I didn’t mess with taping this time and just painted across the top edge from the inside to the outside edge. I then used a wet rag to clean up any green paint from the yellow sides.
Final Touches to the Beachy Serving Tray Makeover
After it dried I could see it needed something else. I got out my jute string and glue gun to wrap the handles. Using my glue gun I glued the first end of the jute string on the inside toward the handle opening, wrapped it tightly, and glued the opposite end.
Watch this short video I made to see how I wrapped the handles.
That’s how this tray makeover took on a beachy feel, which is ok with me. I’ll just pretend I’m at the beach when I sit on the patio with a yummy beverage 🙂 It has so many uses now. Beer and popcorn with friends on the patio….
Cookies and milk watching TV with the mutts….
Or on the bed with some tea and mints while reading a good book.
This forgotten gift basket tray looks beautiful now that the beachy serving tray makeover is complete. It turned out better than I envisioned when I started. It was so fun to do I’ll keep my eyes opened at thrift stores and garage sales for more sad and forgotten trays for another beautiful tray makeover.
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