Bed Tray with Magazine Holder Makeover

I hope you’re having a great weekend so far. Me, I’ve been busy spray painting my day away, working on a few projects and being so into it that I completely lost track of the time. I love it when that happens! It’s good to lose track of time sometimes.
One of my makeover projects today was a bed tray that I bought a few months ago from my local thrift store.
I do a lot of reading and writing in bed and I’ve always wanted one of these bed trays with the magazine holders on the sides. I don’t actually read a lot of magazines, but I do read a lot of books.

It was off white and a little dirty, and some of its spindles were a little bent, but it was still worth every cent of the $5 it cost me. I gave it a good cleaning and a light sanding.
Then I gave it a light coat of a white spray primer (that’s what I had on hand) and two light coats of a fabulous pink.
It took some time and patience because of all the spindles in the side magazine holders. Here it is all watermeloned up. The colour name sure is accurate. I love it!

Here’s the fabric I used. It’s a P. Kaufmann “Sugar Baby” Paisley that I bought off of ebay some time ago.



I cut out a piece of thick cardboard to the size of the insert in the bed tray and cut out the fabric to wrap around it. (I keep a stash of cardboard pieces from behind pics, frames etc for times just like this when I need them.)



I ran double sided tape around the edges on the back of the cardboard and wrapped the fabric around to the back. Because I used the tape it’ll be easy to change the fabric whenever I like. I left some of the tape exposed on the back so it would adhere to the tray when I laid it in.

Here it is all prettied up!



I’m so happy with it! But then again I have a thing for colour.

I was thinking of adding an apple green just to the rim around the top and then distressing it a bit to let the pink show through. What do you think! Would that be too much? As if I’ve ever been accused of too much. Who me? Never. 🙂


Thanks so much for reading!



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  1. This is such a great project. I've always wanted to get one of those trays…now that I've seen yours this is one more thing I'll be watching out for at Goodwill.


  2. This is so cute! I love it (and pinned it!) Visiting from jugglingactmama.blogspot.com – found you on the Gettin’ Krafty With It link up – hope you’ll come visit me too 🙂

    1. I love this watermelon pink. It's my new favourite colour. I'm definitely going to have to use it again…soon! Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  3. I too have a thing for color! It looks so pretty! Thanks for linking up to Gettin' Krafty this week!

  4. Well, this is just too cute! Great job! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  5. Hi Tuula: What a fabulous project–I love the watermelon color you chose (and I love watermelon-ha!) and the fabric goes with it perfectly! I am someone who loves bright color, and I love this.

    1. Thanks so much Athena! I've had the paisley fabric for some time and I had no idea what I was going to do with it. Then I found the watermelon spray paint and suddenly I just knew. Thanks so much for visiting. 🙂

    1. Thanks Zorrie! You're right. It was a lucky find. I've been looking for one for a long time and snapped this up the second I saw it. Thanks for visiting!

  6. She is beautiful! Great job with this, I agree with Zorrie, great find. Found you at Make the Scene Monday.

  7. I have something similar gathering dust in one of my closets. I am thinking it needs a makeover after your post. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

  8. Lovely! I’d like to try this with my bedtray, but my fur babies think I got it for them. It’s on my bed with the magazine holders holding cat toys, cat combs & brushes, & various things to try to keep up cat fur on sheets. One sleeps underneath, one on top, and the other 2 wherever they like on the bed!

    1. lol. I can so relate Devra. We have four cats too, and they do tend to take ownership of things we bring home too. Sometimes I think they rescued us and allow us to live here instead of the other way around. 🙂