If you've been reading my blog posts, you may remember that I'm in the midst of a craft room overhaul. As such, I've been keeping my eyes open for containers and storage pieces that I could use in my "new" space. When I spotted these bright green wooden trays a few months ago in the Target Dollar Spot, I couldn't resist. I knew the green color wasn't right for my room -- but that problem would be easily fixed with spray paint!
Now that Bailey is home from college, I thought I'd enlist her assistance. She has spray painted a number of household objects in the past (lamps, frames, pots, etc.) so it didn't take too much coercing to get her outside on a recent nice day.
I found spray paint in almost the exact color of the room's newly painted walls. Sure, I could have just painted the trays with the wall paint, but I didn't want to see brush marks! This particular type of Rustoleum covered the trays extremely well -- and with no sanding!
To make the trays more decorative, I found some awesome green paper in my stash and some cool kraft paper at Memory Bound. MB also carries thin acrylic sheets which are perfect for this type of project. I measured the inside of the tray and cut the pieces to fit. (I cut the acrylic sheets with my Fiskars sliding blade trimmer -- it worked fine, but I did need to use a bit of extra pressure.) There's no need to glue down the paper, as the acrylic sheet holds it in place. That will make it easy to change paper, too.
Here are the trays, with the fabric I'm using somewhere in the room (probably for pillows). Everything I'm putting in the room needs to match the colors on the fabric! :) I like to use trays to corral small items when I'm working on a project. Otherwise, I think the trays will look great anchoring small containers, such as my covered ribbon jars!