OK, first off I have to thank you all for the awesome feedback on my last post. So many of you offered input on what to do with my new vintage trunk, so thank you!! You guys are the BEST and I always appreciate when you take time to leave a comment. Now, onto today’s post, which is an easy rustic tray makeover that I did with this round wood and wire tray I bought from the Hearth and Hand at Target. I actually snagged this when the line initially launched several months ago and I really did like it at first. But to be honest, I truly never loved it and I struggled to make it work with my decor, which is why you don’t see it in many of my photos. The red cherry wood paired with the brass bar just wasn’t exactly my style. Pretty, but not really me. So after months of moving this tray around our home without ever truly loving it, I decided why not try a little makeover to make it more my style? So that’s what I did and I actually LOOOOOVE how it turned out. I’m excited to share it with you today! Ok, here’s how the tray looked before:
It’s definitely pretty, but I just didn’t love the red tone to the wood with the combination of the brass. So the first step for my little makeover was to remove the wire band from the wood. It simply screwed off on the back side.
Once the brass wire was removed I spray painted it flat black. I did two coats. Easy peasy. Next up was sand sanding down the wood.
I thought the wood was maybe particle board with a thin layer of real wood on top of it, but nope. It’s actually a solid piece of wood, which made it much easier to sand down. I used a sanding block with 220 grit paper and it only took about 15 minutes to sand it down to remove the high shiny finish and the dark red tones. So simple. Here’s how it looks now!
The sanding removed the very red/orange finish just like I wanted and now now has much more of a weathered look to it. It still has a bit of a red tone for sure, but it’s definitely not as strong. I really LOVE this combination of the matte black wire and weathered wood!
I know this is just a simple little makeover, but I’m SO happy with how it turned out. And I can’t wait to start actually using this tray more. Before this I was honestly thinking about giving it away because it was just one of those things that I moved around the house constantly and never really loved. But now it totally fits in with the rest of my decor and I adore how it has a very rustic, farmhouse vibe. And it only took about 20 minutes for the whole thing. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! (And FYI, this tray is still in stock if you want to snag one for yourself.)
Thanks so much for stopping in today!! Here’s a few other easy DIY projects you might love too: