Blingin’ It Up Breakfast Tray

I had a vision the minute I saw this baby at a yard sale last season. With the $.50 price tag I knew it had to be mine. Well I finally got around to blingin’ it up! Plus I got to use my three favorite mediums: spray paint, Modge Podge and resin!

I went through my stash of scrapbook paper and pulled out a few that went with the decor in my kitchen and living room (red, black, white and robin’s egg blue).

Then I had to do math. Scary. I wanted there to be 25 rectangles on the tray (5 rectangles in length x 5 rectangles in width). The tray itself was 20″ long x 12″ wide. I wanted 1/8″ in between each rectangle on all sides. So I took 20″ – 6/8″( because there was 6 –1/8″ spaces) and got 19 1/4″. Then I divided that by 5 (rectangles) and got 3.85″ and then I did the same thing with the 12 inches. 12″ – 6/8″ (because there was 6 — 1/8″ spaces) = 11.25″. Then I took that number and divided it by 5 (rectangles) and got 2.25″. So each rectangle measured 2.25″ by 3.85″. Are you confused yet? Yes? Good. Just wing it if math ain’t your thing.

Anyway I cut 20 of those and then laid them in place to see how I liked them. After I configured it to my liking I wrote it down so I didn’t have to recreate it again.

Then I sanded all the wood down with 120-grit sandpaper and wiped it clean. Then I taped off the white tray part with newspaper and blue painter’s tape.

Then with American Accents Canyon Black Spray Paint (are you so sick of me saying that??) I gave her a good “once over.”

I ♥ Canyon Black

After she was dry I took a foam brush and some Modge Podge and slathered the back of each piece of paper. Then with my brayer I smoothed out all the bubbles.

HINT: If you ever get bubbles in your modge podge and want to cry get a brayer. You will not cry anymore. It will stick perfectly flat with no bubbles. Just burnish it using a lot of pressure.

I worked from left to right, then up, then over, then down and then filled in the middle pieces. I worked semi-fast pressing the pieces down and then spacing them like I liked and then burnishing them down with a brayer.

I put a layer of Modge Podge over each piece of paper to seal them so the resin wouldn’t discolor it. I had a few spots that I did not Modge Podge well enough. If I were to do this again I would have done two coats of Modge Podge just to be sure they were well sealed.

Then I mixed Envirotex Lite according to the package directions. Like I have said before about this stuff: READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY ON THIS. It is kinda pricey to just wing it and you have to mix it SUPER well. Then I poured it all over the tray spreading it out with a plastic knife to all sides.

When you use this medium you have to babysit it for an hour or so to get all the bubbles out. Every 10 minutes I would walk by it and take a lighter and sway it over the top where the bubbles arose to pop them. You could also use your hot breath to pop them but I prefer a lighter. I don’t want to get my nose any closer to that stuff than I have to.

Let it sit for 24 hours and then admire it. The Envirotex Lite gives it a glasslike look and makes it G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S!!!

I was going to use it for a laptop tray but I think it is too pretty for that. It would look great in my kitchen with some cutesy canisters on it or something. I don’t know yet. But it will get used. All the stuff I had from leftover projects so this literally cost me $.50. Amazing transformation wouldn’t you say?

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  1. That is super cute! I love your creative ideas.

  2. Are you kidding me? This is beautiful! And for $0.50? Amazing! 🙂

  3. Karen at Nittany Inspirations says:

    Wow, great job. I hope you are served breakfast in bed on Saturday morning.

  4. Wow…that is beautiful! I love that you can take the average and make it extraordinary!

  5. Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick says:

    That is awesome! So when you put the layer of modge over it when it’s done, no bubbles pop up? That’s what I’m concerned about — my paper always looks good when I glue it on and then when I put a layer on TOP, the bubbles appear. I’m going to try my project this weekend. I HATE BUBBLES!! :)This turned out soooo cool.

  6. C Maisy says:

    ok…so this is the deal…i have the exact same tray. i was wondering…can i get your address…i would love for you to do mine. of course, i will send the paper with.

  7. Just beautiful! I love this! Now I want a tray to decorate… =)

  8. frillsfluffandtrucks says:

    Gorgeous!! You did kind of lose me on all the math stuff, but that’s okay…I married an engineer and he’s good at that stuff. 😉

    ~ Sarah

  9. Dang.. you rock!

  10. A Balancing Act in Heels says:

    I don’t know how you do it but you are so talented!! I love this!!

  11. Mom in High Heels says:

    Is there anything you can’t do? That is lovely.

  12. Missie Krissie says:

    It’s so pretty! I never would have seen any great future for it at that yard sale.
    By the way congrats, you won a pair of earrings on my giveaway, let me know which ones you like and what colors!

  13. Chrissie Grace says:

    Yes, I love it!
    I love that resin, it is just sooo smelly!
    but totally worth it…:)

  14. Cottage Lifestyle says:

    Looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing the how to.


  15. You’ve got a special sweetie pie spot in my heart. Did you know? 😉

  16. One of my most favorite projects you have done yet to date – beautiful – your home colors are so fun.

  17. Ellen R. says:

    Super cute! I wanted to point out though that there are 25 squares and not 20. 🙂

  18. Wow…I LOVE THAT! I have a couple of those at my house that are aching for a transformation!

  19. Amazing… projects are your breath of life! : ) Gots to get me some resin. : )

  20. Infarrantly Creative says:

    Ellen…wow you are sharp. Thanks for pointing it out. I corrected it.

  21. Kimm at Reinvented says:

    Love this! I’m going to feature this in my Saturday Shout-Outs post tomorrow, hope that’s okay!

  22. That looks great! I love it…the fancy black and white paper is the same as I’ve used in a couple of my projects! Love it!

    Thanks for linking up!


  23. Shelley Fuge says:

    You have it bad girl. I’ve never seen a more crafting lady. Your stuff is great. Can I come over sometime and get some tips on thie Modge Podge stuff…you are introducing me to a new world…a world which I likee…

  24. Great CHEAP transformation. I tried that epoxy stuff one time about 6 years ago.. Turned out B.A.D. I’m scared of that stuff!

  25. You never cease to amaze me with your creative juices!!

  26. Mom Taxi Julie says:

    That’s really cool and would make a great gift!

  27. found your blog through kim’s shoutout, happy to meet you. Your makeover on the tray is fantastic and for 50 cents, cant beat that.

  28. Shannon says:

    oh my gosh…YOU ARE KILLIN ME! I have two of those sittin’ in my pantry! How about you fly out and do that project for me!

  29. Stephanie says:

    Lovely! Now I am on the search for a tray.

  30. This is such a great idea. I love how it turned out, it is gorgeous! I have one of these trays in my storage room. I’ll be digging it out and transforming it-thanks for the idea!!

  31. I wouldn’t have thought to add a layer of resin. Your tray turned out great! I love the different scrapbook patterns you put together!

  32. says:

    It’s gorgeous, thanks so much for sharing the how-to! I’ll be linking.

  33. This is amazing!!! I am definitely keep an eye out for a breakfast tray!! What a GREAT idea! Thanks!

  34. amybluestar says:

    Wow, this is super cool! You did an awesome job. I love the precision – that’s coming from a sometimes very sloppy crafter. .



  35. Wow, LOVE this! It is so nice! I NEED to make one!

  36. Dave and Liesel says:

    I am making a rendition of your breakfast tray, but how much envirotex do i use? they have 4oz and 8oz and whatnots. i just don't want to buy a whole bunch and not use it.

  37. breakfast in bed tray says:

    It would be awesome to treat yourself on a tray created by oneself. It looks cute

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