Tuesday, September 11, 2012

DIY fabric covered tray

Today I'm keeping it light, but definitely remembering 9/11. My thoughts go out to all who were affected or suffered loss that day.

Onto the lighter side....

All summer the Mr. and I lamented about needing a tray to carry dishes outside for eating al-fresco. I finally found one at the end of August that needed a little face lift.
It was filthy...so I did a good clean on it and then started to remove the old shelving paper that was lining it.

Fortunately it peeled off pretty easily.

I decided I didn't want to paint the tray (been there, done that) so I thought I would line it with fabric. Initially I thought I would cover it so we could wipe it down, but the Mr. said we shouldn't really need to do that since we'll be using it primarily for dishes before / after eating, not for actual food. Good point.

I broke out some extra fabric I had from our master bedroom bench. it's durable since it's outdoor fabric which is a bonus. I laid it over the tray to measure, and traced the inside of the tray with pencil.
I cut out the fabric and sprayed the back with spray-adhesive, set it on the tray and pushed out any creases / bubbles (sort of like putting on a new iPhone cover...but wayyyyyy easier).

It's hard to tell from this photo, but the edges weren't great since I just cut the fabric and didn't hem it. The fabric was fraying a bit and not perfectly square with the tray. So I decided to add some ribbon to finish the edges off.

6 comments:

theadmirableadmiral said...

I love this project! Nice touch with the ribbon too. An excellent vessel for transporting something delicious :)

Amelia @ House Pretty said...

Great project! I love the fabric and great choice to keep the dark wood!

Sarah Gunn said...

Love it! That fabric is sooooo pretty!

modern jane said...

Such a pretty fabric!

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

How cute is that!!! Clever girl.

Lindsey Gerrish said...

Looks beautiful! Love the fabric.

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