DIY/ serving tray/ Smart Tiles/ spray paint

Making Beautiful from Forgotten Treasures

I am really trying to make our home beautiful. Full of pretty, functional (and many not so functional) things.  
And this can be a pretty expensive endeavor!  Just ask Mr. Suburbs.
So I have been rooting around in the depths of my basement, opening boxes of long ago treasures, shopping amongst things we already have.  (I started out this task with the mirror in my room.)   
And then I remembered this tray!
I have had this tray for many years.  It has survived 4 moves, but it had seen better days.  
And it didn’t match what I had going on in this here white home!  
Nothing a little spray paint couldn’t fix!
I had a vision for it.  White.  Tile.  Pretty.  In the living room.  Serving munchies and cocktails!
Here’s What I did!

Using sandpaper, I scuffed up all the surfaces.  
I didn’t think this piece needed a complete sanding.

Then, outside, I used Rust-Oleum’s Bright White Satin spray paint, and sprayed on!
I ended up using the whole can.

Here it is after a full day of drying.  
Looks nice, but it needed something more.
Like I mentioned before, I envisioned tile in the centre.
So I went to Home Depot in search of some glass tiles.
I had them all picked out and in the cart, with the adhesive, grout and sealer.  I was set. 
Or so I thought!

But, then I saw these!
Basically, they are sheets of stick on tiles.
Seriously?!  These were what I was looking for and didn’t even know it!
They weren’t cheap by any stretch, but how can you beat peel and stick?
No grout.  No mess.  Done in 10 minutes.

Just peel and stick.  You can cut them down to size.  So simple to use.
And if I hate them next year, I can peel them out and replace them!

Here it is all done.

A close-up.  Love it!

Another close-up, just because.

Now with a little decorating, it looks so pretty!
I think it’s so great when you can turn unused items into beautiful things for your home, in an inexpensive, easy way!

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    April 28, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Isn’t spray paint amazing? Your tray is super purtay. Just love it.

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    April 28, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    That is so gorgeous! What a great idea!

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    April 28, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    You are so creative. WOW!!

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    April 28, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    O.M.G. You just MADE my day! I have two trays that I want to redo and one is an odd size and while my original thought was to use a piece of glass and maybe put pretty paper underneath I was thinking have glass cut to the odd size would be expensive…but THESE tiles that you can cut to size would be absolute PERFECTION! Do you happen to remember whereabouts in the store you found these? I am definitely going to have to go find some now!

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    April 28, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    This is a great idea Jo-Anna. Your tray looks beautiful! and who would’ve thought that peel and stick tiles exist! Now I’m trying to think of an excuse to use them 😉

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    April 28, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    This turned out SO good! I love the little tile touch. Very cool.

    Delighted Momma

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    April 28, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Oh, very lovely! I need to find a tray so I can try this! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Laura Lou
    April 28, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Fantastic! Where do I find these tiles?

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    Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!)
    April 29, 2011 at 2:56 AM

    What a brilliant idea! I’ve seen these at Home Depot before and I think this is a great way to use them. Thanks for the idea!

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    April 29, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    What a great idea, and it turned out so cute!

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    Amy @ Positively Splendid
    April 30, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    I had no idea they made tiles like those! This is terrific!

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    Amy @ Positively Splendid
    April 30, 2011 at 1:53 AM

    I thought I’d give you a heads-up to expect this in my Saturday Seven lineup tomorrow morning. 🙂

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    Jessica @ O. Alouette
    April 30, 2011 at 3:59 AM

    Wow, I didn’t know they made peel-and-stick tiles like that! Your tray came out very cute 🙂

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    Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made
    April 30, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    I did not know such a thing existed!! These are beautiful and the tray is stunning!!

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    Joselyn @ The DIY Spot
    April 30, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Visitng from FJI. This is wonderful! I have a few of these laying around. I think I might try this. I never seen those faux tiles before. I have to look for these the next time I am in Home Depot. Great inspiration, thanks!

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    Joselyn @The DIY Spot
    April 30, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    I just had to tweet this!

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    May 1, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Oh my gosh, you had me fooled for sure! I’ve never heard of Smart Tiles, and I was certain that you had tiled and grouted the tray. It’s a beautiful transformation. I’m gonna head to Home Depot today to look for those tiles. 🙂

    I hope you’ll come link up your project at the Sunday link party at Addicted 2 Decorating!

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    Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun
    May 1, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    love this..linked it up at my facebook page!

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    May 2, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Just came over from A Girl and a Glue Gun to take a peek…how purtay. I have 2 trays similar to this that I plan to redo. Thanks for the idea!

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    Tami @ still crazy after all these years
    May 2, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Oh, I am totally going to use this idea! I can’t figure out how I missed Smart Tiles, as I’m such a regular at HD that they know mw by name. Thank you for the great idea!

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    Mel the Crafty Scientist
    May 2, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    This is so cool! I love the stick-on tiles idea – I was thinking about making a real tile mosaic, but this looks like a much better plan! : )

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    Junky Vagabond
    May 3, 2011 at 2:52 AM

    Wow! it looks like something you would buy at Crate and Barrel!

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    Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming
    May 4, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Jo-anna your try looks fabulous! I love the idea of the peel and stick tiles – I have never seen them before. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase – I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today. Hope you are enjoying your week ~ Stephanie Lynn

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    Delightful Order
    May 5, 2011 at 4:21 AM

    Hey there! Just wanted to let you know that I featured this on my Delightfully Inspiring Thursday Party today! Stop by and grab a button for your blog, if you’d like. Thanks for sharing!

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    Allison @ House of Hepworths
    May 5, 2011 at 4:27 AM

    Congrats you’ve been featured at my Hookin Up with HoH party!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button. You’ve earned it!


    Allison @ House of Hepworths

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    May 6, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    Wow!! I love the tiles contained within a tray & also how easy those smart tiles look! Visiting from Under the Table & Dreaming =)

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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    May 6, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    p.s. Pinned!

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    May 7, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    Jo Anna! I think this is awesome! Love those tiles! Wondering how much??? 🙂

    thanks for linking up and linking back. Will be catching you next week!

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    May 7, 2011 at 2:59 AM

    Love your “just because” closeup. It’s an amazing tray. I’m addicted to trays.


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    May 17, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    What a great idea to use smart tiles! I’ve always loved the look of tiled trays but didn’t want to deal with the mess and grout. Thanks for the awesome alternative, I’m excited to give it a try!

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    May 23, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    thank you SO much for posting this – SMART TILES – i have been wanting to do tiling in my kitchen, but was scared of the grout. this is the solution i’ve been looking for! thanks =)

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    SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime
    May 23, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Hi, Jo-Anna! I’m admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party 🙂

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    Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy
    May 31, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Love the tray makeover! I totally thought it was real tile! I had to re-read it to get the whole story! Thanks for linking up I’m featuring your tray makeover on Topsy Turvy Tuesday’s!

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