Accidentally, I have become a collector of trays and now realize that I am crazy about these versatile and stylish workhorses. My grandmother gave me my first tray, which is now in need of rehab (we’ll look at that process later in this post). She thought every well-appointed dresser or powder room needed a tray on which to display or collect the room’s odds/ends or necessities and gave this to me as an apartment-warming gift.
When I married, I received this monogrammed acrylic tray, a gift that never goes out of style and is on the ready for any occasion. It plays a crucial role in every event in my home from book club meetings to fancy dinners.
My mother, in one of her purging episodes, gave me this wooden apple tray. Its day job is to hold sugar, matches, and the ring bowl on my kitchen counter. When I have a few friends for coffee, it gets pressed into service holding cream, sugar, spoons and tea bags.
Possse pal bFt noticed my thing for trays and surprised me with this stunner from Caspari for a birthday present. It sits on another kitchen counter corralling the cookie jar, Hubs Peanuts and my recipe box. When I entertain, it holds anything from beverage glasses, drink accessories or appetizers on the bar.
At one point I was on a quest for a long narrow tray for my bathroom vanity. It took a while, but I found this potted plant tray on SALE in the Garden Shop at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. I basked in that small victory.
The collection of stuff underneath our sink was begging for my attention, so I used this monogrammed tray from Claire Bella to control the clutter.
Lastly, the ottoman in our living room sits between two chairs, and it needed a sturdy surface for coffee cups, newspapers, etc. I don’t recall the source of this tray, but it’s been working for me a long time.
Now, as promised, the rehab of Mima’s tray.
First, I removed the metal rim from the mirror; it came off in one piece. Then, I lightly sanded both the upper and lower rims and balls. Next, I taped the lower rim with masking tape, taping carefully around the supporting balls.
Using metallic gold paint, I sprayed several light layers on the upper rim and gold balls. When it dried, I removed the tape and painted the lower rim with black paint. It took a few light layers of paint to cover the faux gold evenly. Both paints were “flat” and I thought the look needed a glossy finish, so I touched it up with an acrylic glossy spray. (If you are taking on a similar project, the blog Brittany Makes just ran a comparison of gold spray paints that you might find useful.)
Do you want to start a tray collection or are in need of more for yours like those on our Pinterest Tray board? We found a lovely tray on Amazon and added it to our Posse Shoppe. Just click on the tray, and you’ll be on your way to tray-ziness!
April 18, 2013
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