Can you believe that this faux metal tray used to be a paper tray from the dollar section at Target? Metallic spray paint saves the day!

Spring cleaning is in full swing around here. We blazed through our main living areas and now we’re getting down to business on our junk piles. It amazes me that we moved a year and a half ago and there are still boxes I haven’t gone through. Aargh! But, our town is having a junk day in just over 2 weeks, so the challenge is on!

The other day, I was in serious need of a break from all the cleaning and organizing, so I took a few minutes to make this super quick and inexpensive faux metal tray.

You'll be so surprised with what she did with this $1 tray

I’ve been using this paper tray as a place to keep all my coffee supplies for the past couple week. It turned out that it wasn’t really the right size for that and obviously, it doesn’t match our kitchen at all. I decided I wanted to use it for decoration on our island instead.

To turn this plain paper tray into a faux metal tray, I used Rustoleum hammered metal spray paint. This stuff is awesome. After two coats of the metal spray paint, I couldn’t see any more blue showing through.

Can you believe that this faux metal tray used to be a paper tray from the dollar section at Target? Metallic spray paint saves the day!

To keep the tray from sliding around, I stuck these felt pads to the bottom of the tray. This also protects our counters from any spray paint potentially rubbing off and marking them up.

Can you believe that this faux metal tray used to be a paper tray from the dollar section at Target? Metallic spray paint saves the day!

I popped some decorations in the tray to make a little focal point on our island. I started with some flowers and added a rose tealight holder. I wanted to give a little more height to my homemade candle, so I stacked it on top of a wood slice and made a tiny place mat by hot gluing some ropeĀ into a disc.

I’m digging this super quick project. I love when projects take about five minutes and give me something pretty to look at. Now, it’s time to buckle down and get back to the cleaning. Wish me luck!

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