Rescued: One Bad Looking Tray!

I have a serious addiction love for Home Goods, and the sister stores, Marshalls and TJ Maxx. There is so much random goodness all crammed into one place!!! I mean really, it’s like every store mashed into one. I go when I’m looking for something. And I go for no particular reason.

Those are usually the times when you find the best thing you never knew you needed! Especially if it has that pretty little red clearance tag on the back.

Recently I spotted a $10 goodie and decided I would try and Mod Podge the ugly out of it.


I have no idea what someone was smoking thinking when they ‘designed’ this tray?!? It’s a gorgeous mirror tray, completely ruined with totally random art in the middle!!

Funny thing is, it wasn’t clearanced because it was ugly…but because the glass was cracked. Since I planned to cover that up, it didn’t matter to me.

Here’s the supplies I used:


How much do you love that fabric?!? I plan to use it on a project in my living room…but that one is much more laborious than this one….so it waits.

First I covered the eyesore with white paper (I was afraid the image would haunt me show through the fabric):


Then cut the fabric into the size needed:


I didn’t worry too much about it being a perfect fit with perfect edges. Like my kitchen cabinets I jazzed up with fabric, I always use a trim to finish out the edges and cover my imperfections. I applied a really thick layer of Mod Podge to the backside of the fabric, then carefully aligned it on the tray.


I used Fabri-Tac glue to apply a strip of ribbon to each of the long sides of the tray. For the other two sides, I wanted to be sure there was a clean seam on the exposed ribbon end, so I folded over a ‘hem’ and glued it down:



I’m really happy with how it turned out:


So happy in fact that I spent the rest of the night running it all over my house and creating different vignettes for it (Don’t judge! I admit my crazy!):




Doesn’t even look like the same tray, does it?

One more time Before:


And glamorous After:


Have you rescued something from the Ugly Stick lately?

***I’m sharing this with Jen’s Trash to Treasure party!*** 

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