Like with most things that I come across they are dated and looking a little sad and worn. Part of the joy of doing what I do is being able to take these pieces and give them a nice fresh new look so that they can then be used again. With that said I’m sharing how I gave this Butlers Tray Makeover.
As you can see by the before photo I was super excited to start this project and started to paint it before I took a photo! 😮
Butlers Tray Makeover
- Butlers Tray- I bought this from a friend who was unable to get rid of it on an online garage sale. I have seen them also in thrift shops.
- 2 Colours of Chalkpaint – I went with my milk and duck egg coloured chalkpaint.
- 2″ Paint Brush
- Sanding Block 120 grit
To start off I painted the base of the Butlers Tray with 2 coats of my Duck Egg Blue chalkpaint letting each coat dry in between using my 2″ Paint Brush.
Then using my milk coloured chalkpaint I gave the Butlers Tray 3 coats of my Milk coloured chalkpaint.
Then using my sanding block I distressed both the stand and the tray to my desired effect. I always like to go a little heavy handed when sanding as I really love the worn and torn look. But if you didn’t want to go this hard just don’t push so hard.
Once you have got the tray all nicely distressed, apply some wax to seal.
There you have a nice fresh looking Butlers Tray Makeover all ready to have those breakfasts in bed or even use as a side table outside when your entertaining! I know I could always use some extra space when I have my gigantic family over for a BBQ 🙂
As always you can find my Butlers Tray Makeover (NOW SOLD) and the majority of my other furniture and home ware makeovers in my shop! Feel free to pop on over and take a peek 🙂
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How cute! I love this makeover. So many times the furniture that has those hearts cut into them still looks dated even with a makeover but this one just looks sweet, I love it!
Thank you, Tania! It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do! I love it! Thank you for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful weekend 🙂
Absolutely gorgeous Sam! You are definitely the Queen of distressing your furniture, it looks amazing! I am never able to make it look like this! Love it!
Thank you, Katrin! Your sweet comment means the world to me and has made me smile from ear to ear!
Great makeover and I love your header. It looks like the fabric on my den sofa! 😉
Oh wow, really Kim! you must have an AWESOME sofa in your den 😉
I really enjoy the look of natural wood but this tray looks like it always was painted, it just looks right! Thanks for sharing your post with us at Creatively Crafty #CCBG http://tryit-likeit.com/link-party-it
Awwwww That’s so sweet and thank you! That is the exact look I try to create in all my makeovers! Thank you Janet! 🙂
Your tray is adorable, Sam! Love the little hearts it has on the sides and the way you distressed it.
Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Sweet Inspiration! Hope you have a wonderful week!
So cute, Sam! Love it!
Thank you, Janice! 🙂
Nice job, Sam!! I like your milk paint colors and how you distress your projects! I would love to have a tray like this in my home.
Thank you, Melony! Your to kind with your sweet words! Thank you for stopping by and hope you’re having a wonderful weekend 🙂
I love this! I had no idea you sold your items until today. I appreciate the details because I too love distressed and while I am not currently a DIY gal, I do have a few projects that I need to do and one is to paint a table at my vacation rental that is distressed and I was worried that I might lose the character painting it…now I know I can add it right back with some sanding!
Thank you, Debbie! Yes, I have been very slack with my shop side of things as I just get caught up the creating side of things and love it!! LOL!!
The best tip that I have for you when distressing is to think about where it would get worn in day to day life and that’s where you want to sand away! Gives it a nice authentic look 🙂
I love the two tone effect you created. I expect it will be hard to see it go when it sells.
Thank you, Debra and you are not wrong with seeing it go! I wish I had so much more room than I do lol! But in all honestly, it is so lovely to see my customers faces light up when they see a piece of furniture that is just right for them and even more so when I know that the piece is going to a good home! 🙂
This is just too cute! Thanks for linking up at Talk DIY to Me!
Thank you, Jes! Thank you for having me and popping by 🙂 Have a fab weekend!
Super cute. I would love to have piece like this. I collect folding trays like a real weirdo. lol I am just dying to try chalk paint. It really looks like so much fun.
Not a weirdo at all Pamela!!! LOL We collect what makes us smile and go all giddy! You will LOVE chalkpaint! But be warned….. it’s addictive!! LOL Thank you so much for popping by and hope you’re having a wonderful weekend 🙂
What a lovely makeover. Love the color and the soft hand with the distressing. Beautiful piece. Thanks so much for linking to Friday’s Furniture Fix.
Sam it’s becoming one of the highlights of my week to visit your lovely blog and see what you’ve been up to! I love this and am very much rueing giving away my old Butlers Tray now! Thankyou so much for sharing this post at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. Love, Mimi xxx
Hello Sam, lovely transformation. The distressing is lovely and you have set up a very pretty vignette as well. Thank you for sharing your pretty new look for your Butler’s tray at DI&DI.
Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Linda! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend 🙂