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Decoupaged Sheet Music Tray Makeover (Trash to Treasure Tuesday)

Have you ever been shopping and thought, “My former self would have bought this [random item]”?

That happened. Last week.

Because four and some change years ago, Robert’s and my first apartment had all dark wood furniture, burgundy decor, and a wine theme. No idea why. I wish I had a picture to show y’all.

Back then, I never thought about what decor I really liked and why. I just decorated our tiny apartment according to how I saw other people doing it. And if a tray could ever illustrate my old decor, this would be it:

Decoupaged Sheet Music Tray Makeover | Bless'er House - Cute and easy way to upcycle a tray!

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with dark wood, burgundy, and wine graphics. I just knew that style wasn’t me.

But I bought that little $4 tray because I felt like it needed me. Its former owner had given it a splotchy gold spray paint job, and it was shoved to the very back of a bottom shelf at the thrift store for goodness knows how long.

Then, I waved goodbye to my old decor circa 2011 with a spray paint can in hand.

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Decoupaged Sheet Music Tray Makeover | Bless'er House - Cute and easy way to upcycle a tray!

I gave the entire tray two even coats of spray paint first. After using my DIY liming wax on my book page botanical art, I loved the results! So I tried it out again on the sides of the tray.

I just mixed 1 tablespoon of white craft paint with 3 tablespoons of clear paste wax with a plastic spoon until blended well. Then, pounced my chip brush in the newly made liming wax to drag it onto the sides of the tray. I wiped away just a little of the excess with a rag.

Decoupaged Sheet Music Tray Makeover | Bless'er House - Cute and easy way to upcycle a tray!

I have a big stack of old sheet music my mom gave me from when she cleaned out a drawer in her house that I’ve used already for lots of Christmas projects and Olivia’s nightstand makeover.

And after all those times of digging through the music stack, this little newspaper clipping fell out.

That dapper guy pictured on the right is my grandfather just before heading off to fight overseas in World War II. I completely believe that instances like this where loved ones show up out of nowhere are little messages from heaven. He was just stopping by to say hi.

Decoupaged Sheet Music Tray Makeover | Bless'er House - Cute and easy way to upcycle a tray!

I grabbed 3 sheets of music from the pile, trimmed the edges as I needed, and used Mod Podge to decoupage them onto the bottom of the tray.

It was so easy. And now that Labor Day has passed, I had to give it a little end-of-summer beginning-of-fall decor.

Decoupaged Sheet Music Tray Makeover | Bless'er House - Cute and easy way to upcycle a tray!

I can’t wait to change this baby out for Christmas and later spring. It’ll be really versatile with the seasons I think.

Decoupaged Sheet Music Tray Makeover | Bless'er House - Cute and easy way to upcycle a tray!

Isn’t that little white pumpkin so cute? My mom picked it up at Pier 1. She’s always surprising me with goodies.

Decoupaged Sheet Music Tray Makeover | Bless'er House - Cute and easy way to upcycle a tray!

I found that green glass bottle in the clearance section of Marshall’s two years ago, and it’s always coming in handy.

Decoupaged Sheet Music Tray Makeover | Bless'er House - Cute and easy way to upcycle a tray!

I’ve used those little natural spheres from Target all over our house too.

Decoupaged Sheet Music Tray Makeover | Bless'er House - Cute and easy way to upcycle a tray!

And of course books because…I mean…books. This former English teacher has to represent sometimes.

Decoupaged Sheet Music Tray Makeover | Bless'er House - Cute and easy way to upcycle a tray!

And I don’t know about y’all but I hardly ever buy fresh florals for our house. 1. Our kid would have a blast pulling off the leaves and flowers. 2. I’m never good at buying things I know will die in a matter of weeks when I can spend the same amount on greenery on sale from Michaels that will last forever. Maybe that’s just me.

I love them, but real flowers are extremely rare in our house.

Oh, and can you believe I found those candle holders at Goodwill for $2 last year? I use them all the time on tablescapes.

Decoupaged Sheet Music Tray Makeover | Bless'er House - Cute and easy way to upcycle a tray!

Considering I used just supplies I already had in my stash (that happens a lot around here), the entire thing only cost what I paid at the thrift store. 4 bucks!

Now if only the temperatures would drop about 30 degrees outside so I don’t feel like a crazy person for busting out the fall decor. But I’ll leave the wine theme in my past life.

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Be sure to stop in and check out the other incredible before and afters over on these other talented bloggers’ sites! Once a month, the five of us get together for a fun trash to treasure transformation. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do!

before 5

Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer

Prodigal Pieces

Artsy Chicks Rule

Girl in the Garage

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18 Comments

  1. Hey Lauren,
    Love the tray makeover…..I didn’t do the burgundy and wine theme, but I’m with Nancy – I got married in the early 90’s and did the “blues & mauves & peach country theme”!! Love your little white pumpkin, by the way! I have a gift card from Pier 1 – maybe I need to head over there and check out their fall decor!
    Blessings,
    Lanita

    1. Thanks, Lanita! I remember that trend too. I’m sure we’ll get a laugh out of our current decor 20 years in the future. 😉

  2. Your tray looks amazing – love the color and the vignette is wonderful! Love the way you tied the books and can’t believe you got the candlesticks at Goodwill…so pretty!!

    1. Thanks, Rebekah! I’m sure we’ll wonder what we’re thinking even now 20 years in the future. 😉 Name of the decor game I guess.

  3. I love it Lauren!! That tinted wax is the perfect touch. (pretty vignette too!)
    And I totally did the burgundy (and gold) wine theme too! But my first venture in decorating after getting married was all the cutesy country decor of the early 90’s (with mauves and blues)! 😉
    Not quite the country farmhouse of today! 😉

    xo
    Nancy

    1. Thanks, Nancy! I remember that phase too. I’m sure we’ll all one day look back on how we’re decorating now and chuckle. 😉

    1. I bet a lot of us went through those decor phases. And who knows…we might even look back one day and say, “Remember when I had modern farmhouse decor all over my house?” As long as it makes us happy, that’s what matters, right? 😉

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