From TV Tray to PB Tray

I had the bright idea of changing my repainted TV tray tables to look more like the Pottery Barn version of a similar table.

My grandmother's TV trays (from the 1960s) went from faux malachite (original finish) to faux marbre (my finish).
My grandmother’s TV trays (from the 1960s) went from faux malachite (original finish) to faux marbre (my finish).

Using my favorite spray paint, Metallic Charcoal, starting with the tops I sprayed on multiple layers of paint.

The key to great spray paint coverage is building up thin layers.
The key to great spray paint coverage is building up thin layers.

The legs were already black so I just gave them a light covering of chalkboard spray paint (which I had on hand).

Black chalkboard paint covered the dings on the legs and supports.
Black chalkboard paint covered the dings on the legs and supports.

After doing the legs and under-supports I hit the tops once again.

Even the first wet coat of Metallic Charcoal over the lightly sanded TV tray looks better (to me).
After spraying the tops I sanded them lightly before giving them additional coats.

After the first couple of layers I lightly sanded the tops.

Metallic charcoal dries to an enamel-like sheen.  When sanded and wiped it looks more like slate.
Metallic charcoal dries to an enamel-like sheen. When sanded and wiped it looks more like slate.

I was looking for the sheen to be the final coat from the metallic paint.

Metallic charcoal is dark grey like gunmetal.
Metallic charcoal is dark grey like gunmetal.

These trays are as useful as ever, just a little updated.

Carter table on left; Glade table on right.
Carter table on left; Glade table on right.

Thanks, PB, for the inspiration.

Where do you get your inspiration?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “From TV Tray to PB Tray”

    1. The truth is that the blue marble had yellowed due to the polyurethane coating. It looked dreary and now it looks shiny again. Jo

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