Monday, June 14, 2010

1960's TV Trays Get a Makeover



It's been almost a year since I bought these old tv trays at a yard sale. While on vacation in Utah last summer, I just had to see what their yard sale scene had to offer. I was definitely not disappointed. Unfortunately, I had to be selective about what I got since I'd have to pack it all in my suitcase. These 25 cent trays were my favorite purchase of the day! I knew that with a little tlc, they could be fabulous. The problem was that I kept changing my mind about what I wanted to do to them. Last week I finally settled on THE idea.




A can of Krylon Ocean Breeze spray paint totally transformed them from old and tacky to fun and modern .




I used my Cricut and Sure Cuts a Lot software to cut out the place setting in white vinyl. It is from the font "good company" by Lettering Delights.





My 4 year old thinks these trays make for a perfect tea party! My older boys are constantly begging me to let them eat in the living room while they watch tv. Now that I have these fun trays, I might just let them do that every now and then!



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75 comments:

DrayaAnn said...

Those look great!!!! Such a good idea.

1 Funky Woman said...

Ah, I just screamed out loud they are so cute! Ok what is this circuit thing I keep hearing about, can you tell me? Remember I'm stuck at home alone so I have a huge on going list of things I want to go buy and do when my ankle is better!

Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

Very cute!

Staci said...

Those are fabulous! Love them. I must find something to paint in that color. I have a Cricut and I'm scared of it! I've tried cutting vinyl once and I could not get things lined up. The infomercials make it look so easy. I'm chicken and just not very creative I guess. Wish I had your vision and Cricut knowledge!

Kelsey said...

Super cute! I have about 6 old tv trays in the same ugly retro style that I've held onto for years hoping I could fix up! I just may have to "borrow" your idea!! :) Great job!

The Pennington Point said...

Oh my goodness. A. Dorable. Lisa~

Rebecca said...

I just want to warn you that I might be coming over soon to snag that beautiful tablecloth! That fabric is amazing!

Leanne said...

Those turned out fantastic. I love the color you chose too. I need to find some old trays now.

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

So cute! And I looove that blue color you used!

Ashley Ann said...

Literally...my jaw DROPPED when I opened this page!! They are Fan-freakin-Tastic! I LOVE everything about them, the color, the style, the vintage appeal...great job. Enjoy these...please, like your not!

the thrifty ba said...

im in love!

Infarrantly Creative said...

Of course I love the blue you chose. My son would get a kick out of that for all this play food. Perfect!

Diane said...

Those trays turned out great!

Nikki Painter said...

holy cow! these are my favorite!

Jenglamgirl said...

FREAKING STINKING CUTE! totally love it! I need that cricut software, or whatever it is you use.... I NEED IT! hAVE A GREAT daY! JenN

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Precious!!! Am lovin' the color! :)

horse loving lineman's wife said...

They look awesome!

Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants said...

Amanda, those are adorable! What a clever idea and so modern! Everytime I see your stuff I think I need my own circuit. Thanks for sharing!!!

Meghan said...

Lurve these!
Lurve these!
Lurve these!

How super duper adorable are these!

Excellente job!

Carmen said...

How stinkin' cute are these! Love them!!!! And the vinyl absolutely seals the deal. :)

Sarah said...

Wow! Those look fantastic! I want some. And what a perfect idea for a tea party. Love it!

Beth at southernfriedliving said...

Tooooo cute!!!
Hey, I almost bought that same tablecloth at Target the other night. I had it in my cart and then talked myself out of buying it. Oh now I want to go back and get it.
Oh and I need a Cricut thingy too.=!!!
Just say you over at the CSI project, very cool!!!!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Could you tell me where you purchased the Sure Cuts Alot? You have inspired me to buy a Cricut but I don't know where to get the cartridge. Ack! You are so creative! Lori

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Cassiopeia said...

These trays are amazing! They are beautiful!

You did a wonderful job updating them to a modern look.

Kudos!

mle said...

those are too cute!! : )

Mar-Cee-Ah said...

I love the OLD trays - but must say you certainly improved on them!! So ca-ute!

Jenny said...

Amanda!! I am in the mountains of Costa Rica and i had to check your blog. love the trays and the zippers too. love and miss each and everyone of you!!!!!!!

Katie said...

Too cute!!

Alyssa said...

those look like so much fun!
Alyssa
lifeoflyssie.com

Xazmin said...

SO cute! I have some old standing ones from my husband's grandmother...You have inspired me to do something fun with them!!!

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Girl - you are fabulous! Love those so much!!! I am totally going to look for some of those this summer!

XOXO
jen

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

Great makeover! I have an old tv tray that was my great grandmother's that I've been meaning to makeover. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

oooh, pretty!

Jenn Seratt said...

I saw these on the I Made It! linky party at Everything Etsy. They are super adorable! I don't have any of the old retro tables, but I do have some of those wooden folding kind. I might just have to dress them up!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Now I wish I wouldn't have sold my TV trays!! Ahh why didn't I think of painting them!! Yours turned out soooo very fabulous!! Great job!! Great color.

LuckyStarHeather said...

I just found you from Blue Cricket Design and I LOVE your blog :) So happy to have "met" you!!

raisingcamelot said...

Those are so cute! I love your choice of color and the vinyl graphic is great. Thanks for sharing!

Abigail

The Hershey Bryces said...

LOVE THIS!!!

Popcorn Served Daily said...

Very "new" vintage. I'm loving those trays!

the lovely paper shop said...

love this idea! thanks for sharing:)
i am your newest follower!

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

love love love lvoe love

kirstin & jordan said...

these are FABULOUS!
we have a linky party on friday- we'd love it if you'd link to these!

C.R.A.F.T. said...

LOVE THIS!!! come on over to MMM and link up :)

Chase and McKell said...

this is such a fun idea! love the turquoise especially. darling!!

*come check out my blog too if you'd like :)

Beat Until Fluffy said...

I would snatch these up in a heartbeat. I LOVE them! Found you at Diana's (The Girl Creative). Happy Monday. =)

~Dawn

BJ_Mama said...

These are ADORABLE!!!!

Clean Mama said...

A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!

Kim -today's creative blog said...

Those are GREAT! I love them, especially the color! Please add my link.

Jami said...

These are so adorable. Great job!

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Love how it turned out! I've seen those cute fonts at Lettering Delights and wondered what one would do with them. Great tip! I think I'm going to have to get that software program for my Cricut.

★All Thingz Related★ said...

Oh my goodness! How CUTE! Thanks for joining us for Anything Related #12! ~Bridgette

Alison said...

This is such a FUN idea!!! I can't even believe it. Very, very creative!!!

~Alison
http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/

Miss Megan said...

i really love the look of your tv trays! i just re-did one myself.. please check it out!

<3 megan.
a-ruffle-in-time.com

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Isn't it great when the perfect inspiration hits? Boy it sure hit you big time for these adorable trays!

Madigan at madiganmade said...

The color is fab and the vinyl is "perfect" for the trays. Great idea!

hancock said...

25 cents! I can't believe it! They turned out great. What a bargoon. New follower from trendy treehouse.

Jane said...

I love it! They look sooo fabulous! I'm always amazed at what a little spray paint can do. :)

MiMi's Babies said...

Ok, that's just too cute! Love the color, too! Stopping in from Blue Cricket to say hello!

Jenni said...

I love this idea! So would the kiddos! Thank you for sharing!

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

WOW, these are so wonderful!! and adorable too :)

Kim said...

These are so darling, what a creative idea.

MessyMissy said...

Nice idea!! It fancies up tv dinner quite a bit. Love the blue you chose. :-)

Brianna! said...

I ADORE the color choice!
it's my favorite color:)

xoxo
bB

JHill said...

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

madincrafts.blogspot.com

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

WOW! those are awesome! love the vinyl you added. i need a cricut after seeing this!!!

Laura said...

I adore these! I would not complain if they showed up in my mailbox hint hint :)

I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog!
Laura

Becolorful said...

Seriously fun. I may have to copy that. Just for me. I'll give you the credit. :)
loved the colors the whole idea.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Pam

Becky aka. Bettie Rocker said...

im dying over these. so so so cute.

Melissa said...

I have to tell you, I almost died when I saw these. SO CUTE!

Summer said...

I featured your idea on my blog today!

http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com/2010/06/saturday-showcase_26.html

Thanks for linking up!

Sumo

Fawnda said...

These are too cool!

I also wanted to let you know that I featured you here:
http://firefliesandjellybeans.blogspot.com/2010/06/sunday-spotlight-soys-33-favorites.html

Tammy @ tinselshop.com said...

Love this! You need to snatch up every old metal tray you can find and sell these in your shop!

Best wishes,
Tammy

Amy said...

Fantastic!! You've inspired me to look for metal objects to transform!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

I love these!I use trays for Grandson (nearly 3) since his Grampa lets him eat in the living room. But it's the fingers - those FINGERS! He loves his tray, though.

I included your project in my post today, Tray Love. Thanks for the inspiration!

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