Metal or wooden trays of decades past are not necessarily considered stylish decorating accessories. Some are embellished with outdated colors and designs, and others are worn or were simply ugly from the start. However, they are worth a second look because they are very easy to refinish and decorate in eye-catching new ways. Ugly metal or wood trays can be easily primed and painted and embellished with mirrors. Try these creative new ways to decorate metal or wood trays with mirrors, and give them an entirely new look for the cost of primer, paint, and mirror tiles.
Begin with a New Coat of Paint
To decorate ugly, outdated wood or metal trays, begin by scuffing the smooth surface to prepare it for primer and paint. Use coarse sandpaper on larger areas, and use an emery board in tight corners. Dust away the particles with a clean microfiber cloth.
Spray the trays with at least one base coat of primer before painting. For extra durability and coverage, add at least two coats of the appropriate primer and spray paint according to product label instructions. Cover the primer with a hue that will coordinate with the colors in the room the trays will be used to decorate.
Decorate a Tray with Mirrors for a Lovely Reflective Display
After old or outdated trays are embellished with a new coat of paint, outfit the bases with mirrors. Decorate a tray with mirrors and it can be used to hold candles, trinkets, crystal, and more.
Decorate the bases of primed and painted trays with mirrors of the appropriate size. Mirrored tiles can be purchased from home improvement stores and can be positioned to fit with or without spaces between, or mirrors can be cut to size by a professional glass cutter. Use small mirror tiles to decorate the trays in a grid-like fashion, geometrically, or decorate each tray with a large tile. The design options are endless.
Affix the mirrors to the bases of the painted trays using strong adhesive. Surebonder 9001 High-Strength Adhesive is an excellent choice. It dries smooth and clear, and will hold the mirrors securely to the trays, and no matter how they are used to decorate the home, they will add unique style for years to come.