Life Love Larson: DIY “Lacquered” Tray


Sunday, July 7, 2013

DIY “Lacquered” Tray

I have slowly been sprucing up our covered back patio space, on a budget.  I really didn’t want to spend a lot of money and I wanted to see how much I could DIY and/or use what I already had.  There are still a few things to be done…build a serving bar area next to the grill, paint the trim around the door frame black, and hang string lights. 

I wanted to add a tray to the outdoor coffee table for function and for a pop of color.  I got the inspiration to make a DIY Lacquered Tray via The Hunted Interior (everything she does is amazing!).  I love the way the pink adds a punch to our new coffee table!
DIY Lacquered Tray 3
This project started out with a tray I purchased at a thrift store for $1.  You have to be able to see past the ugly!!  Trays are so easy to transform and are so functional, so be on the lookout!
Start by cleaning up the tray and sanding any rough spots.  Simply use cheap craft paint to achieve your desired color.  I loved the inspiration piece so much, I also used magenta pink craft paint out of my stash.  Simply add as many coats as you need to get good coverage.  Craft paint dries quickly, so this step doesn’t take long.
After your craft paint is dry, add a coat of polyurethane.  I used exactly what she used in the tutorial, a clear gloss poly.  You can see the “lacquer” that the poly adds to the flat craft paint.
I applied the polyurethane using a brush, but you could also use an old cloth.  This took several hours to dry (it will be sticky to the touch when wet).  I then added another coat to give it good protection.  I love the pop of color it adds to our outdoor space!
DIY Laquered Tray 1
I already had the craft paint, and the tray was $1.  I did purchase the poly ($10), and have already used it a few times since this project.  Such an easy, cheap, and simple project.  What do you have laying around that you could lacquer up??


  1. I agree, trays are great for picking up cheap and transforming even cheaper! I keep telling myself I need to try some tray transformations myself this summer. Hopefully I'll get around to it. Love that pink!

  2. This is awesome - love the before and after. This is something that even a DIY clutz like myself can do. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Holly

    1. Can you believe how ugly that tray was before!? Love transforming ugly!! You can do it!! xoxo

  3. This is really cute, love the color choice. The lacquer is a great idea for a bit a shine and durability. I might have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Fab! I've been crushing on pink lately too:-)

  5. I love the pop too. Very cute.

  6. You are singing my song with that color! Love it.

  7. Beautiful! I love the pink! I hopped over from HoH! Thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  8. cute, i absolutely love it! nothing better than bold pink!