How to Make a Bed Tray

I found this little table at the thrift store,
pretty ugly but $2 and it had potential.

Bed Tray DIY

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I started out by painting it with chalky paint in an off white. 

bed tray painting and diy

It went on really smooth and dried almost instantly.
I felt like I was painting with heavy cream.
So far, so good...

white distressed bed tray

When it was dry I traced on a design using carbon paper
and an image from the Graphic Fairy.

bed tray with wreath and initial

Next I tried something new, I used a black paint stick to 
fill in the design instead of a brush and paint. It is important to choose oil based so the paint dries hard for the next step. 

It worked great!

distressed bed tray diy

Next I sanded and distressed the whole piece.

It sanded beautifully and came out as smooth as glass!

graphics fairy image on a bed tray

The oil paint stick distressed beautifully too.

I applied a coat of clear wax to seal the piece when I was finished. 

distressing chalky paint

 I added a handle on each side.

white distressed bed tray DIY

And now I have myself a very awesome bed tray.

White distressed diy bed tray on the bed

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .