Upcycled Tray

November 4, 2013 by 24 Comments

Yay, a new week with more projects to do. Last week was kind of a bummer week for me as I was recuperating from dental surgery. It slowed me down for a couple of days and while I was sitting there somewhat bored, I recalled an old tray I picked up at a garage sale.  I figured with a fresh coat of paint and a pretty arrangement on top it could be brought back to life and grace our living room table just in time for Thanksgiving.



It didn’t take me long to put a couple of coats of paint on this one. After prepping the tray, I used spay-paint, black and gold which were left-over from a previous project.

Tray 1

A couple of hours of drying time and the new and improved tray was ready to be filled with seasonal decorations.

Autumn Tray

The tray was filled with items that you might find on an enjoyable walk in the woods during the month of November.  I love gathering small treasures on nature walks, like the leaves and pine cones, etc.

Autumn Tray 1

Pine cones, leaves, nuts and berries, even twigs and pine needles add lots of rich, woodsy texture to this arrangement.

Autumn Tray 2

Do you spot that little ceramic squirrel?  It’s actually a salt or pepper shaker, I found it on clearance at Hancock Fabrics.

Autumn Tray 3

The soft glow of candlelight adds warmth and a sweet ambiance to this display of mother nature’s bounty.

Autumn Table 4

Don’t you just love this time of year?    I do.

I’m so glad you stopped by,  have a happy week!


savvy southern style,

between naps on the porchjennifer rizzocommon ground, no minimalist here,  coastal charm

the dedicated house



24 Responses to “Upcycled Tray”
  1. What a great project! It just goes to show that with a little love and vision, something old and worn out can look fantastic! Beautiful! 🙂

    (Hope you’re feeling better after your dental surgery.)

  2. I hope you feel better from the dental surgery. I love the tray, and you have filled it beautifully!!! I love fall SO much!!!

  3. I love your vignette for fall on your newly painted tray. The bunny is adorable.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  4. Babs says:

    Great way to upcycle the plain tray. LOVE the natural elements. I’m always picking up things from the yard, too. Pinecones, bark, leaves, etc. Love your tray vignette. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Gwen says:

    I am sorry you had to have some dental surgery. Not fun. But I am impressed with your tray color but most of all how woodsy you made it! How welcoming it all looks. Yes the squirrel is the perfect touch!!!

  6. Julie says:

    What a lovely arrangement, and the great thing about it being on a tray is that if the table gets too full of food you can temporarily move your centrepiece easily! Genius

  7. That is so pretty. I really like the candles.Have a great day!

  8. I love your tray redo and the vignette. So pretty with the pinecones and that precious little squirrel. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, marty

  9. Tammy says:

    Love the tray and how you created such a beautiful vignette with it using and filling the glass cylinders. Very nice!

  10. Delores says:

    I love what you’ve done with that tray. ~Delores

  11. your tray turned out fabulous. love the Fall vibe of your room and tray.

  12. Moni, your Fall tray is so pretty – love all the natural elements you’ve chosen for this vignette. I found you over at the Real Family Fun Linky Party!

  13. Martina says:

    Moni that tray turned out so pretty and I LOVE the pretty display you created too!

  14. Patti says:

    Love this tray makeover. Fabulous Fall arrangement!

  15. Sally says:

    What a beautiful arrangement!

  16. Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says:

    Pretty, Moni! Your arrangement is gorgeous 🙂

  17. Your arrangement is lovely, great job! Have a great weekend.

  18. Linda says:

    Your centerpiece is so pretty. I’m pinning. Linda

  19. Kathy says:

    What a beautiful arrangement!! Love the woodsy items. Hope you are feeling much better now.

  20. Yes I absolutely love this time of year. What a lovely display!You sure did wonders with that tray!

  21. Jennifer says:

    This turned out beautifully! I may just have to copy it 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

  22. Very impressive … I enjoy the natural elements picked up from the yard or wherever. I need to get busy and change my decorations from Fall to Thanksgiving … Just move or add a few things and I will have it. I really like what you did and the candles add so much.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  23. Meegan says:

    This is so beautiful. Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two!

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