DIY: Zig Zag Tray

Good morning and happy Monday everyone! This weekend in Boston was another perfect Fall weekend. Josh and I took a day trip on Saturday to Plymouth, used a BuyWithMe (link) coupon for a new restaurant called Waterfront Bar & Grill (link) and got some things done around the apartment. I hope your weekend was as wonderful as ours.

A few weeks ago, while wasting spending some time on Pinterest, I came across this Zig Zag Tray that was for sale on Etsy. It had already been sold, so I couldn’t buy it, and I decided to try to make my own instead. I set out to find the perfect tray at a garage sale or a thrift store somewhere, but I didn’t have any luck. Then, I was in Pier One a few weeks ago, and found the perfect tray for only $10! And I had a 20% coupon so I got it on sale! I didn't want anything too expensive just in case my design idea didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped. After I brought it home, I set about making my zig zag design with blue painter’s tape:

I roughly eyed a matched design to the one on the Etsy tray, and making sure my corners were all even as I went along.

Then, I took the tray outside (specifically to my parking garage), laid down a large piece of cardboard, and got my Rust-Oleum, Oil Rubbed Bronze (ORB) spray paint ready to go.

Then, I sprayed 2 thin coats, about 3 minutes apart. I hung out for about 20 minutes while it dried to the touch, and then brought it inside to dry the rest of the way. After an hour, I removed the tape, and then let it continue to dry for about 4 more hours. And here, is the final product:

Here's the tray sitting on our hallway table!
(Please ignore the empty picture frames, they're being filled!)
It isn’t exactly like the one on Etsy, definitely not as bright and shiny, but I like it, and it has given me some great inspiration for some further zig zags – maybe on coasters or picture frames… Any of you obsessed with spray paint? Or zig zag patterns? I think I’m obsessed with both.

PS. I linked up with the Twice Owned Tuesday Party over at House of Grace!




  1. Hi Sara! Just saw your post on House of Grace! What a clever idea! I like it! I am now your newest follower; and I hope you will follow me, too! Blessings to you!

  2. Your tray turned out really cool, Sara!! Love it! :)

  3. LOVE this idea!! Can I steal you to come and decorate my place!?


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