It all stared when we bought this:
We were going to use it in our new family room as a ottoman/coffee table. The problem was we were not going to be able to sit drinks on it. I decided we would need a tray. After doing a little shopping I could not find one that screamed “buy me” especially when most were wearing $20+ price tags.
My Plan: stain the surface and paint the frame black.
After my coat of stain I discovered a slight problem. Look at the picture below, do you see it? See the yucky yellow stuff around the edges? I know, I am SHOCKED that my $7 tray was not perfectly made. So, the yucky glue would not hold stain. Plan change! I am going to add a border to the tray to cover the faulty construction.
I decide it needed a little something … so decided to add a little monogram action:
Kind of reminds me of L from Laverne and Shirley, but I am ok with it. I like it, and look how good it looks on the ottoman.
Black paint: $.99
Stain: left over from another project