I was gifted this lovely pair of vintage TV trays.
I love the vintage look, but these were a little gnarly, rust spots and staining that just wouldn't scrub off. So I decided to upcycle them to use in our vintage airstream.
First I scrubbed them down really good with soap, water and a scotch pad.
After they were completely dry, I removed the tray portion for painting.
I painted just the outer rim with a satin black spray paint.
While waiting for the paint to dry, I prepped my collage material. I'm using a collection of vintage travel ephemera (to coordinate with my airstream renovation).
Any paper material will work; magazines, photos, maps, vintage ephemera, scrapbook paper, etc.
I wanted all my ephemera pieces to blend together and have a cohesive look, so I applied the following technique to all the pieces: First, I sanded them a little.
Then brushed on a light coat of whitewash paint.
(Watered down off-white paint for whitewashing)
I then wiped the whitewash paint off with a dry cloth. I repeated this a couple times to achieve the softness I was looking for.
These are "before" the sanding and whitewash process.
And this is "after". You can see how they are a little softer and blend together nicely.
Once my spray painted trays were dry, I laid out the prepared ephemera pieces and arranged them in a nice collage.
Then I applied my adhesive medium. I brushed the adhesive on the back side, piece by piece and laid into place. I then brushed a whole coat of adhesive medium over the top of the entire collage.
While my collage was drying....I used a hammered metal finish spray paint to paint the leg portion of the trays.
Spray, and let dry.
Once the collaged trays are dry (it's best to wait a day or so), spray with a clear sealer.
Once everything is dry, snap the trays in place.
Fold up for easy storage.
Collage a vintage picnic basket too for a great glamping set!
Now I'm on the hunt for more trays! Can't wait to apply this collage technique with vintage maps!! :)
Before and after.
- Vintage (or ugly) TV trays
- Collage material
- PVA or Modge Podge
- Spray paints
- Whitewash paint (optional)
- Soap, water, scotch pad