“Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your story.”
Raise your hand if you are a serial re-decorator?! Me…. I’m raising my hand high!! As a serial re-decorator, I get bored with my decor super fast, I like to change decor with every season, and I’m constantly rearranging furniture because there always has to be a “better layout.” To go along with this condition, I also have a very tight budget to spend on home decor. Hmmmmmm….. kind of a problem, right?
Actually, no! It’s not a problem! Sometimes you have to think creatively and outside of the box. You have to realize there is beauty if anything if you choose to see it and can draw attention to it!
A simple way to re-decorate is with your coffee table! Let’s talk coffee table trays! These can change the vibe of an entire room, and can be done on a shoe string budget! Why do I think a tray is necessary for a coffee table? Well for starters, it draws your eye to it. A tray also shows the viewer that the items in the tray are special, beautiful, collected, and meant to bring a feeling of happiness. Whether or not you can afford to buy a tray or are crafty and can make one, there are many ways to use everyday items as trays. A picture frame, an old mirror, a few blocks of wood, a round placemat are all great ideas for trays you can find around your home without having to buy one!
Now let’s talk styling! I like to follow these simple guidelines for what to place on your tray for style. Books, something with height, something living (or that looks living) and something sentimental. I challenge you to find these items and make your very own tray!
I’ve styled the same coffee table here with 3 different trays but following my guidelines. You can see my choice of trays are very different but all draw attention to the collection of objects.
The first tray has every day nonspecific style. I feel I could use the tray in any season. This tray was a $9.99 Walmart find. The books had covers but I took them off to make them look just a tad older and tied them with twine. The greenery was from an old floral arrangement I found in my attic. For height, I used an old candle holder that I could never find the right spot for and last, the copper mug was given to me as a gift from a sweet friend.
Next, I used an old round mirror spray painted white. (Spray paint is a must for a serial re-decorator….. but that’s a whole post in itself!) I was going for a summer look. I found a book that had a beach scene on the cover with lots of vibrant colors. The round wooden object I found for about $4 at TJ Maxx a few years back and it adds the height I wanted. The coffee mug from my kitchen cabinet makes a great vase for my “living things.” And this coral was a piece another friend gave me a long time ago. Doesn’t this tray have summer written all over it?
The last tray I styled was actually the cheapest. I found some random pieces of wood in my garage and made a square tray which again adds height to my objects, drawing attention to them. I used an ice cream container as a vase with real flowers from my friend’s yard. The books were old books from my home and my sentimental piece is a small painted piece of pottery one of my kids painted. Oh yes, and for height, a spray painted and distressed candle holder. No candle needed! It really doesn’t get much cheaper than that! And that ice cream was delicious, too!
Let me know what you think of these trays and feel free to send me pictures of your own styled trays! I love getting inspiration from others! And if anyone needs me to eat ice cream so they can have a vase….. let me know…. I got you!
” Erin is a wife, mom, and serial redecorator. She discovered her love for decorating at the age of ten when she finally got her own bedroom. She would stay up at night drawing plans for the new layout of her bedroom and spend the following day rearranging her room. After a month, she would do it all again! To this day, she’s still drawing out plans, rearranging, repainting, and redecorating! “I love how paint can completely change the mood of any room” and she really loves helping friends with their spaces! Follow Erin on Instagram to see more home decor ideas for any budget!”