Tuesday, 19 August 2014

How To... Transform a Vintage Metal Tray Charity Shop Find

Today I'm sharing a really quick and simple How To... using the metal trays you often find in charity shops. I spotted this one whilst charity shop thrifting recently and knew it would be perfect to use to serve drinks or for tea in the garden, but I wanted to give it a bit of a modern makeover. So... I gave it a colourful  transformation with spray paint! Here's the How To..!

1) You will need

Metal tray, small can of spray paint of your chosen colour, dust mask, cardboard or newspaper to protect your work surface

Note on using spray paint
Always wear a mask when using the spray paint, work in a well ventilated area and protect your work surface. I find it best to spray outside on a sunny day

2) Spray away!

Hand wash your tray in warm water and dry thoroughly

Following the instructions for best usage on your can of spray paint, give your tray a light coating of paint and leave to dry fully before giving a second coat. I have found that you get a better, smoother result if you spray two or three light layers of paint rather than one heavy one

3) And you're done!

It's as simple as that, one old fashioned tray transformed into a stylish and colourful way to serve your tea, cakes and drinks! I love how the spray paint highlights the edging details around the tray and you can find these trays in all sorts of shapes and sizes so you could spray them all different colours!

Washing your tray

I'd recommend gently hand washing your tray in warm water and avoiding putting it in the dishwasher

Tomorrow I'll be sharing the recipe for my Blackberry and Marshmallow cake, perfect for serving on your lovely colourful tray!

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