Sorry for the glaring photos, the lighting is bad inside and out today. At any rate, I found this portable butler's tray at the flea market last month. I love portable items and so far they have been great sellers for me. The cross supports were both torn but the tray and the stand were still sturdy and in good shape.
I had my husband paint everything black and then I dug out some black and burlap upholstery webbing that I had on hand so my husband (he's so handy, but I don't want it to go to his head) cut new strips of fabric to support the tray.
Because burlap tends to fray, he cut the webbing strips and then used epoxy glue to fold the ends over and secured the ends with clothespins until it all dried. Then he wrapped the ends of the webbing around the tray sides twice and then secured it with tacks. This thing is totally sturdy now and won't be coming apart any time soon.
When his job was done, I added a design using one of my Maison de Stencils grain sack patterns and then went back in with my brush to give it a little more of a hand painted look.
Here is my tray as I found it. Pretty sad, but I could see the potential right away. Thanks for visiting.
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