How To Make A Decoupaged Silver Tray Map Table

It’s Thrifty Chicks time again. Yay! I always look forward to these challenges because they really make me think about what I’m going to do.

On the second Wednesday of each month I join some very talented blogging friends for a project challenge, and with a different theme each time it’s really a lot of fun.

If you missed any of the past projects you can find them here.

Decoupaged Silver Tray Map Top Table

This month’s challenge was to use maps or globes in a project.


Thrifty Chicks Project Challenge

I’m so excited to see what my blogging friends have come up with for this month’s map/globe challenge.

There are links to all their fabulous projects at the end of this post so be sure to check them out.


decoupaged silver tray map table

For my project I’m using a 2005 road map of my neck of the woods in Ontario, Canada and this very heavy silver plate tray. I found the tray with a $10 4 piece tea set, which is now displayed in my hot pink china cabinet.

The tray didn’t match the set so it’s been waiting for its project day to come, and it’s finally here.


supplies for decoupaged silver tray map table

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What you’ll need for this project.

Mod Podge
2″ Foam Brushes
Silver, Metal,  or Plastic Tray
Faux Pearl Beading
Glue gun
Gorilla Glue Sticks

I say some because I added something that I wasn’t planning on. This always seems to happen to me!  I wonder why. lol.

You’ll see what I mean in a minute.


outlining and cutting map for decoupaged silver tray map table

After cutting out the area that I wanted to use a little larger than I needed, I placed my map section inside the tray and ran my pencil along the inside to gently mark the map.


applying mod podge to silver tray for decoupaged map table

After cutting out my map along the pencil lines I applied some Mod Podge to the flat area of the tray.


smoothing decoupaged map for decoupaged silver tray map table

Then I applied my map and smoothed it out using a sandwich bag.

I have quite the collection of different sized sandwich bags that I get when I buy thrift store stuff.


decoupaged silver tray map table after 4 coats of mod podge

Here it is drying waiting for its first top coat.

I waited until the paper was dry and gave it 4 top coats, letting it dry in between.


vintage metal magazine stand for decoupaged silver tray map table

Then it was time to give this vintage gold metal magazine table some white spray paint love. It was a roadside freebie from a couple of years ago. Don’t you just love those?

Originally this table would have had a glass insert, but lucky for me the top was a pretty good size for my silver tray.


spray painting metal magazine stand for decoupaged silver tray map table

It was a rather cold and windy day, so I quickly painted in front of our portable firewood garage to stay out of the wind.

I gave the table two light coats of a paint and primer combo and that was plenty.


necklace window valance for decoupaged silver tray map table

When I saw how pretty my white table turned out I thought I had to do something extra to tie in my silver tray map top a little more.

I can usually count on my necklace window valance to have something I can use, and when I saw a faux white pearl glass beaded necklace hanging there I knew that was it.


faux peral glass necklace for decoupaged silver tray map table

It looked just right to do the trick!


using glue gun to apply necklace for decoupaged silver tray map table

Using my glue gun I glued my necklace on a little at a time so the glue wouldn’t dry up on me.

It does dry pretty darn quick, so you have to move those beads along pretty fast.


repurpoased necklace being glued onto decoupaged silver tray map table

I kept making my way around.


finished decoupaged silver tray for map table

… until I was done, and happy accident… the necklace was the perfect length.

I left the clasp showing in the upper left because… well… why not?  I think it’s  fun, and it reminds me that it once upon a time was a necklace.

I love quirky details like that. 🙂


spray painted and decoupaged silver tray map table

The tray sits quite snugly on the top of the table.

I took my map table outside to take some pics because the light in the house this time of year is not that great.


close up view of map top silver tray magazine table

Welcome to my neck of the woods in Southern Ontario, Canada.

John and I have travelled many of those roads over the years, and then some.


decoupaged and spray painted silver tray map magazine table

Doesn’t she have pretty legs?

They kind of have a bamboo look to them that you really didn’t notice when it was that gold colour.


decoupaged silver tray map table in my living room

And here’s my map table in my living room.

That lamp and shade are both on my makeover list for sometime this winter. I’m not a gold girl, but for $2 it’ll do just fine for now.

We found the pair of vintage 80’s swivel rockers for just $50. The original owner was downsizing, and they were in fabulous almost like new condition. The vintage adding machine beside the chair on the right is my version of a door stop. It’s super heavy and stops the kitchen door from hitting the chair.

John and I do a lot of reading in the winter and my decoupaged map table completes this living room area nicely. There’s a wood stove directly across from these chairs and it’s a very cozy spot when it’s freezing outside.

I’m almost looking forward to winter this year. Almost. lol.



Don’t forget to pin it!

Decoupaged Silver Tray Map Top Table


Now be sure to check out what my friends did with their map/globe projects.

Here are the BEFORES.

Thrifty Chicks November Map Globe project collage

Just click on the links beside the blog names to see the fabulous afters.

1. Shoppe No. 5 – I Used a Wooden Platter to Make A Lazy Suzan
2. Adirondack Girl at Heart – Christmas Around the World Star Ornaments
3. Lora B. Create & Ponder – Vintage Trunk Refresh
4. The Interior Frugalista – How to Make Wood Slice Map Ornaments
5. Little Vintage Cottage – Naked Button Globe – DIY Globe Upcycle
6. Thrifty Rebel Vintage – That’s mine.


Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!



I’m sharing this project at these fabulous parties here.

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  1. This is an awesome idea using a map of your area, Tuula! And it turned out so lovely! I usually use plastic cling wrap to smooth decoupage but I like your way of using a sandwich bag better. That’s so much easier to use!

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks very much Gail! I figured because I have so many bags from thrift store finds that I might as well use them. They fit the hand kinda nice for the smoothing. 🙂

  2. Can’t believe that necklace was the perfect length; that never happens to me! Cute project! Nothing better than a roadside find to refresh! Pinned!

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Lora! The necklace was a stroke of luck, but I do have quite the window valance collection for times like this. Love roadside freebies!

  3. Your table turned out great tuula! And I can’t believe you found those rockers for such a great deal!

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Tania! I can’t believe that I’m old enough that the 80s are now vintage. lol.

  4. This is so great. I love how you finished it off with the necklace and it was the perfect fit. It is a happy marriage of two pieces, they were made for each other.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Debra! It does help to have stashes to pull things from. Not sure what I’d do without all my goodies.

  5. LINDA N. SCHRADER says:

    LOVE the idea of decoupaging maps. Thinking about using maps of places I’ve been, using wood & making a wall grouping…..THANKS FOR THE IDEA. Now, to find the time to get it DONE!!!

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      You’re so welcome Linda! I love to do projects with maps, and using places you’ve been is so much fun. I’ll be sharing a few more map projects in the future. 🙂

  6. Love your reading nook. Your tray finishes it off so nicely. Great idea for the old adding machine! I have an old manual check printing machine up in the garage my son brought home when they closed one of the local banks. Its neat, but i “thought what the heck am i going to do with this?”, hence ‘up in the garage ‘ lol now I just need a door that would hit a chair and I’d be golden! Lol

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Deb! To be honest when I fell in love with the adding machine I couldn’t think of anything else to use it for. I’ve seen the keys used in projects, but I just couldn’t take it apart. If it was damaged in some way I might have done that, but it’s in such good condition. It’s so darn heavy, it makes a perfect door stop.

  7. Tuula, I LOVE your repurpose! How lucky that the tray fit the table so well. I love the addition of the necklace too. And now you have an even cosier spot where the two of you can read at night. Innovative use of the adding machine door stop…love it. Girl, you & I are on the same wave-length. Pinned

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Florence! We do seem to have similar tastes. I’m glad I’m not the only crazy one. lol. With our winters here we really need as many cozy spots as possible.

  8. How does the tray hold up with soda, wine or water marks?

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Hi Rita, I just made the tray for this project challenge and I haven’t spilled anything on it yet. I do use coasters on it, but I use coasters on everything. I’ve decoupaged other things and given them 3-5 coats of mod podge and they’ve held up very well. I hope that helps. 🙂

  9. Such a great project, Tuula 🙂 Love the addition of the beads, and it’s so “you” to boot!

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks so much Diana! It was a fun challenge, and a pretty easy project.

  10. Don’t you love it when a project comes together just perfectly! Great project. I love it when a project doesn’t involve $30 worth of “ingridients” to finish, too.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Kathy! I’m always trying to do projects that are inexpensive that’s for sure. I love giving roadside finds a new life.

  11. Love how you repurposed so many items to make this awesome map table, Tuula! The pearl necklace trim is so pretty and I like how you can use the tray separately from the table if needed. From one Canuck to another, personalizing it with a map of Southern Ontario is a great touch.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks very much Marie! Since I love decoupaging, this was a fun challenge.

  12. Is the tray waterproof after the decopaging? I have never done this before.

    1. Hi Robin, I wouldn’t say it’s waterproof. I would say it’s water resistant. If you spilled water it would be fine if it was wiped up right away, but if it sat there for awhile that would probably not be good. If you wanted more resistance to water you could do a couple of coats of a poly on top.