DIY: Butler Tray

About three years ago when I made the move to a new city to be with my love, we frequented antique shops in search of some unique (and cheap) finds that we could use throughout our home. One of the best items we snagged was a wooden butler tray and stand for about $75. It was in great condition with beautiful detailing, and we knew we just had to have it. Since then, it has had many uses in our home — including a bar and shelf for bottles of booze, bubbles, various vases, greenery and photos on display.

I really liked this vintage piece but it didn’t feel like it fit into our home. And since I’m constantly looking for ways to reinvent our space, I knew it needed a fresh new look and a little updating. (PS, so sorry there isn’t a before picture of the tray… I was too eager to get this puppy painted!)

A few coats of glossy white Valspar later, and I’m in love. For under $20, I turned this antique into a modern, clean addition to our home. This also gave me a chance to style the butler tray differently, with pops of color and shiny details. What do you think?