Decorative Tray

Decorative Tray Makeover

Level of Difficulty: Easy


  • Paint (Rustoleum White Satin and Rustoleum Aged Gray Chalk Paint)
  • Chalk paint sealer (Rustoleum clear finish)
  • Foam brush or regular paint brush
  • Clean rags
  • Painter’s tape
  • Screwdriver


  1. Tape off sections to be painted. Remove any hardware (paint any that will be visible). I decided to use some leftover spray paint for the main table tray and handles. The sides I painted gray. You use chalk paint on the entire piece.
  2. After 2nd coat of spray paint I removed the tape and painted the sides using a foam brush.
  3. Once the spray paint was completely dry I used a clean rag and dabbed a little bit of gray chalk paint to end and used my finger to apply over raised designs. I let it start to dry (a few minutes) and then wiped off excess with a clean rag.
  4. To seal I applied Rustoleum’s chalk paint transparent sealer.
Before: old coffee table tray that could use some TLC.
First steps are to clean tray, remove hardware, and tape off sections to be painted.
Tip: stick screws into cardboard to be able to spray paint ends.
It took 2-3 layers of spray paint to completely cover the tray.
Love the detailed designs highlighted with the chalk paint.
Updated coffee table tray goes well with my newly upholstered coffee table/ottoman!


To see more easy how-to’s from my living check out:

  1. Coffee Table to Ottoman Makeover
  2. Mason Jar Flower Vase
  3. Barn Wood Shelf
  4. Barn Wood Picture Hanger
  5. Barn Wood Sign

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