Trash to Treasure Tray

I have wanted a tray like this for a while now. 


I found it at the Goodwill Store. I wish I had a before picture. Let’s just say U-G-L-Y!!!

It was a Christmas tray. The sides were red and the bottom was a collage of Christmas sayings. “Ho Ho Ho” “Merry Christmas” You get the idea. Sorry I even put it in your head. 

I almost passed it by, then I thought PAINT! I can paint it! So I bought it, then went up the road to Wal-Mart and bought a can of spray paint. 

I knew before I even painted that I want, and still want to, distress the edges. I didn’t want the red to come through, so I sanded it off before I painted. I still need to sand the white paint to give it the distressed look. 

Now mind you, this hasn’t been an easy task. We have had one day in the past ten when the temperature has been warm enough or me to use the spray paint. Even on that day, it took a long time for the paint to dry. 

What I like about using the tray is the way It pulls everything together. 

Here is my coffee table without the tray.

IMG_9905 The candles look too little. The books I am reading and the jar is there to look pretty, but everything just looks “put” there. 

By the way, those books are really good!

IMG_9899 I have to tell you about this “flower arrangement.” I have had it for 20 years. When my oldest was 3, he like to go out into out field in the summer and pick me wildflowers. When the summer flowers had all died, he went and picked the fall flowers, which is really the tall grass in the field. He picked as much as his sweet, little 3-year-old hand could hold. I will always treasure these “flowers!”

IMG_9900In the tray, everything looks like it goes together. It looks like a group and not random things all on the same table. 

The tray seems to give the things in it a boundary. Nothing can get scattered from the rest. It can also be moved if needed or even used somewhere else. 

While thinking about this post, God reminded me of the verse about the boundaries He sets for us. “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” Psalm 16:6 

God gives us boundaries lines and within those boundaries is a pleasant place. Safe, secure, and with provisions. In those boundaries, He has grouped me with my family, friends, church, work and all we have. He can move those boundaries completely when He feels it is needed. He can move them out or take them in. Either way, they still fall in pleasant places.

I bought a couple of other things at the Goodwill that day. Can’t wait to share those with you as well! Soon, very soon!

Love ya,


About Jayne

I am a housewife desperate to give my heart and home to the Lord. I like to share with others what the Lord has taught to me. Taking care of my family and home are my passion. I like to craft and decorate and to share the ideas I come across with others. I try to find ways to incorporate crafting and decorating with sharing my faith in Jesus.
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2 Responses to Trash to Treasure Tray

  1. Just love your posts, Jayne! Interesting and entertaining! :)

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