Serving up a makeover

Updated: Mar 4, 2019


Recently while haunting some local garage sales, I came across this metal tray. At first glance, it doesn't look like much. I don't know if it every had graphics on it, but it's definitely something most people would overlook and exactly they type of thing you should be seeking! It was inexpensive and I knew I could give it a little makeover and it would be a Fab Find.


I scrubbed it with a Brillo pad to smooth out the very few rusted areas and to ensure any gunk (that's a technical term) that may have accumulated over the years would be gone. I thought about putting a saying on the tray and making that the focal point, I decided to make this useful as well as pretty. I decided to make a magnet note board. I have a spot in my kitchen that accumulates invitations, grocery lists and photos. This tray would make a perfect solution to corral some of these items.


I thought this "family" artwork would be a good fit.


I painted the stencil with a sage green paint. I used acrylic craft paint. I was concerned chalk paint would flake off.


Next, I needed a few magnets. I recently purchased a new refrigerator so I had to remove the mass of magnets from the old one. These are a few that didn't make the cut to the new fridge. I made the one above a few years ago. I purchased the one below in a multi-pack of similar magnets.


I added a adhesive picture hanger to the back.


Now this tray won't wind up in a landfill. It has a new purpose and I love the patina on it. That is also one of the reasons I didn't want to put a lot of paint on it. I wanted the tray to shine on its own.

And that cutie in the oversize bonnet? That's me from a couple of years ago....maybe more than a couple.

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Whether my junk is from a garage sale, estate or farm auction, flea market or the side of the road, I love to find it, fix it, clean it, sell it or keep it. So come along the backroads of Indiana with Junk is My Life (me), let's find something vintage and do something cool with it! Formerly Junk Journal.