Thursday, August 29, 2013

My DIY lacquered white tray

As far as tutorials go, this could be summed up as follows:
  • Pick up something off the street
  • Paint it white.

I like West Elm's white lacquered tray but not enough to pay $60.

Someone in the neighborhood was throwing out this lightly finished wood tray.

I gave it a once over with a Scotch pad then gave it one coat of white acrylic paint.

Then I used a can of white gloss spray paint I thrifted. The bad thing about second-hand cans of paint is you never know how much has been used. Sure enough I ran out before I got a true glossy finish.

But it's good enough for being almost totally free, organizes my magazines and brightens up a corner of my bedroom. The little bird and the vase were also thrifted.

Have you successfully painted a second-hand find?


  1. Linda {Calling it Home}August 29, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    perfect! It doesn't get any easier and look more chic than this.

  2. Hallelujah for a glorious piece from the trash destined for much more. Looks great!

  3. Nicolette Lafonseca-HargreavesSeptember 5, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    It looks great. Can I ask what spray paint you used, the finish is perfect. It works great next to your screen, like a boutique hotel!

    Take Care

  4. Stephanie @ henry happenedSeptember 5, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    yes! it looks so chic! $60 wasn't a right price to pay anyway :)