This small wooden tray has been laying aroung in our apartment for years. It was a tray for one of those wooden vegetable cutting toy which fruit and vegetables are connected with magnets (or velcro) and can be cut into two halves with a wooden knife. Our children had a lot of fun with them for a long time when they were very small (now both are teenagers). Such a simple and fun toy, all natural and helps improving fine motor skills. We gave away the vegetables and knife after our kids have outgrown, but somehow the tray stayed. I always liked this tray and it was always in use one way or another, it became especially handy after I started collecting sewing and crafting tools for testing and the little snippets started adding up. It became such a heavy duty, I finally decided to give a makeover in order to give more character and also to cover tiny cracks and stains.
Before the makeover the tray was not painted or coated natural wood.
I used the left over wall paint (BLAUER ENGEL* certified environmentally friendly color) which I found in the tool shelf. They were in Oker and Bamboo colors, and the mixture of both colors came out to be a matt golden macha / pistachio color. I am so happy with the result, because it's almost like the toolly's signature color. Perfect!
The whole process took only about 1 1/2 hours to finish (including the waiting time for paint to dry for two 2 layers). I think painting over existing small objects with a new color is one of the best spare time DIY we can do. It is not only satisfying but also a great method for changing the mood and atmosphere around the living (or working) space.
Most of the tools on the finished tray are available for purchase at toolly.