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Our one bedroom NYC apartment is 650 Sq Ft, which means there isn’t a ton of room for a dining room table. By there isn’t a ton of room, I really mean we don’t have any extra space whatsoever. Even if we did though, I still think we’d eat at our coffee table because Netflix has become a huge part of our dinner routine (anyone else?).
I thought I’d make our lives and clean up a little easier with TV trays! Instead of using the same type of TV trays that we had growing up, I gave a basic wooden set a colorful makeover. Here’s how:
What You’ll Need
– Wooden TV trays
– Montana Primer
– Montana GOLD in Light Lilac and Lychee
– Polyurethane sealer
– Painter’s tape
– Sandpaper (fine grain)
– Soft cotton rag (old t-shirt works well)
– Protective gear (mask, gloves, etc)
You could use Montana Varnish if using these trays as pieces that won’t see a ton of wear. Because we’ll be using them on a regular basis and will need to clean them regularly, I opted to use a polyurethane sealer.
How to Paint a TV Tray
Work in a well ventilated area, outside is best.
1. Prep your TV tray for painting by sanding until smooth to the touch (remember to sand with the grain). Remove any dust particles with a soft rag then wipe clean with a damp cloth.
2. Once your TV Tray is clean, tape off the base with painter’s tape. Take your time here to ensure all the lines are even. To get a clean and crisp line, press tape with your fingernail. Taping off a section is an optional step, but I do think it adds something to the overall design (plus it makes it easier to not have to paint the feet).
3. Start by priming the surface then let dry.
4. To apply color, you’ll want to apply light coats of Montana GOLD, letting them dry in between each coat. I ended up applying 4 coats total.
5. Once dry, remove tape from the base of the legs, seal with polyurethane.
And that’s the tv tray makeover! They’re so useful and the colors really pop with everything else in the living room (how great is that lavender?!). For more colorful spray paint DIYS, be sure to head over to All Spray Painted and check out another project I did recently!