Garage Sale Tray Makeover

This tray belonged to a friend of mine who tried to get rid of it at her garage sale.  It’s a sort of thick plastic I think, but being gold and a tad scuffed, she had no takers – so she thought of me. (Thank you!)

Garage sale tray madeover to breakfast serving tray - antique style!

I could see the gold being a gorgeous accent come Holiday season, but as a year round piece it really needed something a bit ‘less’.

I was in Inverhuron a week or so ago and while shopping in a small boutique, I saw a sign for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

I’ve never tried Annie Sloan before – mainly because I have great success with the paints I use and they cost half as much – coming across an Annie Sloan dealer seemed like a bit of a ‘hint’ though… I mean it’s not as easy to find this chalk paint in London, so when you come across it while on vacation it seems like someone’s telling you “it’s time”.

I asked Gloria at J’Adorn to choose a colour for me and this is what she sent me home with:

Annie Sloan chalk paint in Provence

GREAT choice Gloria!

I gave the tray a light sanding to even out the chipped section and then washed it down with TSP, rinsed and dried it.

This is the first coating of Provence:

Blue tray  3

Not sold yet, it didn’t cover in one coat which I thought was one of the selling features?

Blue tray 8

I did a second coat of the Provence and once it was dry I wiped a bit of Minwax Dark Walnut over it and quickly wiped away the excess – making sure to leave some in the crevices.

This is my first attempt at ‘antiquing’ anything so I wasn’t quite sure how aged/stained it was supposed to look?  I generally prefer for things to look new when I’ve put a lot of time and work into them, but I’ve seen so many cottage-style pieces lately that I had to give it a try.

How’d I do?
Blue tray 4

I’m on the fence about it.  I love how the tray turned out, but I’m concerned that “antiquing” can be confused with “dirty”.

Blue tray 5

But hey, if it buys me a tea and book in bed, I’ll antique the #@)%% out of it! lol

Blue tray 6

Project one and still almost a full quart of the Annie Sloan left – which means more “Provence” projects coming soon!

Blue tray 7


Garage sale fail to beautiful breakfast tray!

Blue tray P


Have a great one!

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2018-06-18T13:41:58-04:00August 11th, 2015|BEFORE & AFTER, DECOR, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|9 Comments


  1. Emily Marie from A Pop of Red August 11, 2015 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Love it! The colour choice was definitely a good one and I like the amount of distressing you did. It isn’t full on antique distressing but it adds a nice accent to the piece without making it dirty like you mentioned. Great job!

  2. Christine August 12, 2015 at 8:04 am - Reply


    • Shelly @ August 24, 2015 at 11:59 am - Reply

      Thanks Christine! If it will go with your decor, I can make another one up for you (or you could come over and make it yourself), I still have lots of the blue paint left!

  3. Karen August 17, 2015 at 11:07 am - Reply

    What a beautiful makeover! That AS paint never disappoints :)
    I would love for you to stop by and share at our Something to Talk About link party that starts every Monday morning!

  4. Jenna August 17, 2015 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    looks great!

    • Shelly @ August 24, 2015 at 11:54 am - Reply

      Thank you so much! I was hesitant to “antique”, but after using it for a couple of weeks now, I think it might be my favourite piece. Whaddaya know – I learned something. lol
      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  5. Tess S. November 15, 2015 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    It’s PERFECT!!!!!! I love the job you’ve done! It doesn’t look dirty, it’s actually quite beautiful! You must do more of these!

    • Shelly @ November 18, 2015 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much – you are too kind! Feel free to comment as often as you like – a girl could get a swollen head with this kind of encouragement. Xo

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