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Decorating with Trays

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It's time for our monthly decorating edition centered around our Facebook group, Decorating Enthusiasts. We are having such fun over there. If you haven't requested an invite yet, you can do so HERE. Each month we have a decorating topic that the members can participate in. We share our project photos and sing praises to each other. It's also a great place to ask for advice and just to share your decorating and DIY adventures.

This month, we are talking Decorating with Trays! Go style a vignette, snap a cell phone picture and share in the Facebook forum as well as Instagram!


June's monthly challenge is Decorating with Trays! Join top bloggers share their tray ideas!

Trays are not just for function like carrying glasses of iced tea to the patio.

They make great vignettes on various surfaces. I didn't realize how often I use them in our home until I started writing my post.


Summer in the kitchen by Our Southern Home. Decorating inspriation for summer.


This is a current tray styled on my kitchen counter from my summer home tour. While it is mainly just for looks, it does hold a few of my favorite summer cookbooks. Add an extra layer of texture to your trays by adding a decorative cloth napkin or tea towel. This napkin came from Word Market.


Summer in the kitchen by Our Southern Home. Decorating inspriation for summer.


Trays can be styled in a way for function and design. Here is a little mini-lemonade station in the dining area. A simple little sign written on an index card is all that is needed to let your guests feel welcome.


Small outdoor table makeover by our southern home using an old upcycled base and supplies from Walmart #themedfurnituremakeoverday


How about using a tray to make a table! I had this old discarded base. See the complete transformation HERE.

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Painting baskets with chalk paint and using them in your home decor by Our Southern Home


Have you ever tried painting a tray. This tray was just too light to work in my decor.  With chalk paint and a glaze, I brought it back to life and now it looks fabulous on the family room coffee table. It really creates a relaxed farmhouse look.


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Even a simple silver tray from the thrift store looks perfect when loaded up with various mercury glass votives. You can see the entire post HERE.


Summer in the family room by Our Southern Home sponsored by Balsam Hill


Trays can also be displayed on heavy-duty easels in vignettes like here in my Summer Family Room Tour.


Beachy thrift store tray makeover with crab graphic via Our Southern Home


I love coming across trays in thrift stores with good bones. A paint treatment can change the look to work in your home.


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A small, narrow wooden tray is perfection in a narrow space.


Upcycled beverage station using Elmer's ProBond via Our Southern Home


Trays can also be functional for outdoor entertaining. You can see how I made my beverage station from a thrift store door HERE.


Summer in the kitchen by Our Southern Home. Decorating inspriation for summer.


You can also hang your trays on the wall…one of my favorite ways to display my toile tray collection.


Simple DIY chevron serving tray made with shape tape and a few supplies found at your local home improvement center by Our Southern Home #AD #ShapeTape


I even made this fun serving tray. It was a very easy DIY. Now my computer monitor sits on it. That way I can hide my router under it! You find the how-to HERE.


June's monthly challenge is Decorating with Trays! Join top bloggers share their tray ideas!


Be sure to check out the other creative ways to use trays in your home decor from the other Decor Enthusiast Forum Bloggers:

Our Southern Home (me)

Refresh Restyle

Top This Top That

Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer

Artsy Chicks Rule

Restoration Redoux


 We are also kicking off a monthly Instagram tour! This is how you play  1. Add your own post   2. Tag it with the #DecorEnthusiast hashtag   3. Follow all 6 of your hosts.  We will choose one winner that will be featured on all 6 Instagram accounts. Our accounts are below!

insta group

RestorationRedoux – ArtsyChicksRule – OurSouthernHome – ChristyKJames – RefreshRestyle – TopThisTopThat

Also on OSH!  Spring Tablescapes & Centerpieces


June's monthly challenge is Decorating with Trays! Join top bloggers share their tray ideas!

Thinking ahead to July…..

July Challenge: Share your gallery wall with us! Details at Our Southern Home

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  1. CHRISTY, these decoration ideas are genius! I haven’t really thought of using them like that. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Just love that beverage station! I really should do something like that so i dont’ have to keep on running into the house for another bottle of wine! see you soon.

  3. These are all beautiful! I invite you to share this creative post at my Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. You can link up from Wednesday at 7PM (MST) to Sat midnight) Hugs!

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