This old tray was perfect for serving up my inspiration for its new look. Although the picture is quite pretty, it wasn’t part of my plan.
Our daughter lives in “The City by the Bay,” which also happens to be my old hometown. She absolutely loves everything about San Francisco. On our last visit, I noticed she didn’t have coasters; and since she’s “borrowing” her grandparents’ antique furniture…let’s just say, the coffee table will soon need a new coat of varnish. Until then, I decided to combine fun with functional, and use an old SF map to create coasters and a coordinating serving tray for her.
I painted the frame with an antique white paint using a light brush stroke to give the tray a distressed, vintage look. After all, paper maps are vintage, right? The handles were painted sage green to match the parks on the map. I sealed the entire tray with antique decoupage to emphasize a vintage look. After deciding on the section of the map to use, I cut it to size to fit inside the frame, and decoupaged it into place, then brushed the entire tray with matte decoupage sealer.
The tray cost $3 at the local thrift store. The map was free. The paint was on hand. So for a $3 investment, the old tray now looks like this:
To make the coasters, I cut four 4″ squares from another map and decoupaged them onto stone tiles.
I also decoupaged a small box to neatly hold the four tile coasters when not being used.
When the coasters are lined up, you can see the entire Golden Gate Park and the surrounding neighborhoods.
For the photo op, I leaned the tray against my kitchen wall, coincidently right under a schematic of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Now I’m going to pop the tray and coaster set into the mail — marked fragile, handle with care — and surprise my daughter with a little handmade DIY. This would also be a wonderful housewarming gift for someone who just moved into a new neighborhood!