While at our favorite store ever, Hobby Lobby, we found some great trays in the aisle of wooden crafts and knew they had some serious potential! We bought a large rectangle one for $2.99 and then this small octagon shaped one for only $1.99!! We moved on over to the scrap book aisle to check out their array of paper. I found a perfect piece that looked like antique turquoise wood. Once i had my supplies, it didnt take long to complete the tray transformation.
Then I bought some stain at the hardware store for around $5. Using a sock I just sort of wiped on the stain in certain spots to give it an antique look, mimicking the look of the scrapbook paper. I applied it more heavily in some spots, like on the edges and corners. I let that dry over night.