Upcycled Tray to Bathtub Side Table

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Today I'm joining some of my blogging friends for this month's Do It Over Designers challenge! This challenge is just as it sounds, we take something old (from the thrift store, a garage sale, or from our own homes) and we "do it over" into something new!

My item that I'm repurposing was originally from Goodwill, but I've had it for a while now. I shopped my project stash and found this little side tray to do over.

It was originally meant to fit over the arm of a chair or couch and you could set your drink on it. It doesn't fit any of the arms on my furniture and frankly, I just think it's ugly anyway!

Upcycled Tray to Bathtub Side Table

It does look like it fits that chair arm in the picture above but it doesn't, the legs were spaced way too far apart.

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For this makeover, I wanted to paint the whole thing so I took it all apart so I could paint it without getting paint on the hinges and screws, plus I was planning to reposition the legs anyway.

Repurposed Chair Tray to Bathtub Tray

It has this rattan cane stuff on the top of the tray that I thought would be pretty painted white.

Repurposed Chair Tray to Bathtub Tray

I was right?! 😁

Repurposed Chair Tray to Bathtub Tray

Now that everything was painted with about 3 coats of white Kyrlon spray paint, I was ready to reassemble it.

Repurposed Chair Tray to Bathtub Tray

Since I was repositioning the legs, I filled the old screw holes and painted over them.

Repurposed Chair Tray to Bathtub Tray

I am repurposing this into a bathtub side table so I measured the side of my bathtub to determine where the legs should be. My bathtub is 6" wide, so I measured and marked the center of the tray, then measured out 3" on each side of that center mark and reattached the legs.

Repurposed Chair Tray to Bathtub Tray

Now it looked really great just leaving it white, and that would be what I would probably do if I was into shabby chic or farmhouse style decor.

My style is a little more boho and eclectic so I decided to paint a design on the top. I found something I liked online and just printed it out.

Repurposed Chair Tray to Bathtub Tray

Then I used transfer paper and traced the design to transfer the pattern onto the tray.

Repurposed Chair Tray to Bathtub Tray

I thought a colorful monstera leaf would look nice and it totally fits my style!

Once I had the pattern transferred to the tray, it was a lot like painting a paint-by-number. I just referred back to the design I printed and painted each part of the leaf with about 2 coats of paint.

Repurposed Chair Tray to Bathtub Tray

I am an impatient DIYer so I use a hairdryer to quickly dry the paint between coats.

Repurposed Chair Tray to Bathtub Tray

Here is what it looked like when I had finished painting.

Repurposed Chair Tray to Bathtub Tray

I sprayed it with a clear protective coat (also Krylon) and after that dried, it was just a matter of running a nice bubble bath, getting a drink, and lighting a candle for a relaxing soak!!

Upcycled Tray to Bathtub Side Table

Upcycled Tray to Bathtub Side Table

Upcycled Tray to Bathtub Side Table

I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out! You could use it to hold your cell phone while you were in the bath too... if you were that attached to your cell phone 😉

Repurposed Chair Tray to Bathtub Tray

Repurposed Chair Tray to Bathtub Tray

Now, I'm excited to see the other ladies' projects, aren't you?! Check them out by clicking on their links below:









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Upcycled Tray to Bathtub Side Table


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  1. That is an amazing makeover! (Mostly, I just love your blue bathtub--you lucky!) I'm so happy to be able to leave a Comment again. I enjoy every one of your posts. Keep 'em coming!

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    1. Thank you Vikki! I'm so glad commenting is working again too, I missed having comments to know what you think!

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  2. Great makeover! I love the leaf design.

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  3. This is a great makeover. I don't think I would have thought to remake this the same way. The painted design is definitely so much prettier.

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  4. This is really neat. I need a bigger tray like this to do over for a laptop table. Oh, and the blue tub. I bathed in a tub that color my whole childhood!

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    1. Thank you Dorothy! Yes the blue tub... love it or hate it! My house is a 1960's ranch so I think that's the original tub. I don't mind it :)

      Tania

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  5. What a great save! Love it, thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

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