Cute Coastal Tray Makeover Using a Transfer

I want to share with you today a really fun way to update furniture and home decor using a transfer.  
I shared this post on  HOMETALK a while back, but I wanted to share it again here on the blog  because I think that it's a really cool idea.

Disclaimer: I was gifted a transfer from Re-Designed with Prima for this post, However, all opinions are my own.

I had this old tray that was looking really grungy. The tray was originally wood and handed down to me from my Mother-in-law who no longer wanted it. I painted the tray white but over time the white paint was starting to scratch off and the tray was looking pretty grubby and so I decided it was time to give this tray a new makeover.

I started by giving the tray a fresh new coat of white paint. 
White paint is always a good choice for any type of home decor refresh.

 Next, I added a Decor Transfer to my tray. I was excited to try out this decor transfer from Re-Design With Prima because I have never used anything like this before. This particular Decor Transfer is called, Coastal Sea Life. I absolutely love the seashell design on it and as soon as I saw it I knew that it would look amazing on my tray.

This transfer comes in three sheets but I only needed one and a half sheets for this project,  so now I have extras that I can use again on something else around our home. These transfers can be used on furniture, walls, wood, glass, mirrors, and many other surfaces so the possibilities are endless.

Along with the Decor Transfer, this package also comes with easy-to-follow instructions and a wood application tool.

The first step was to carefully remove the matte release paper and then gently place the printed adhesive transfer down into the desired position. 

Using the wood application tool, I started scratching over the seashell designs. I worked my way from Left to Right and then slowly I peeled away the plastic top sheet. I found the process to be really fun and satisfying. There was something about it that reminded me of temporary tattoos. Ha!

Because the first transfer sheet didn't cover the whole tray, I had to cut some extra designs off of another sheet and add it to the tray. In the end it all lined up and you can't see any differences in the pattern.

The last step was to add a sealer to help protect the decor transfer. I used a Polycrylic from Minwax in a semi-gloss and just lightly brushed it on with a small paint brush.

At first I had the tray leaned up against the wall on a buffet table in our dining room. 
With a tray this cute it can almost double as art.

But then I brought the tray into the living room and placed it on our coffee table. And by coffee table, I mean my grandma's old trunk that we use as a coffee table.

The nice thing about the cute design on the tray is that it really doesn't need a bunch of things on top of it. It even looks cute just on its own.

Although I did end up placing a few beachy items on the tray like a large green-tint bottle with some wood beads wrapped around it, a starfish, and my coffee mug.

I wanted to keep the decor simple since the tray is the cutest part of the whole look.

The Seashell design on the tray really fits in nicely with the rest of my coastal style decorating.

I really had a lot of fun giving this old tray a pretty new makeover with this help of this Decor Transfer and I'm so happy with the way that it turned out.
If you have any old furniture or home decor laying around that could use a new look then I would highly suggest you check out Re-Design with Prima. They have so may other options to pick from as well.

Thanks for checking out my project today.


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