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Thrifted Tray Makeover using an Old Road Map

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If you’re looking for a unique way to show off where you live, this Thrifted Tray Makeover using an Old Road Map might strike your fancy. Physical road maps are just about a thing of the past, so it’s a nice way to keep the past alive as well! Make sure to check out our other Thrift Store Makeovers while you’re here!

Supplies needed for this project :

  • A tray whether it’s round or any other shape
  • Chalk paint
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • A paper road map
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush

1. Choose Your Road Map and Location

I recently found some vintage road maps of our state of Tennessee and other states at a local yard sale. I’m a sucker for anything vintage, so I took the whole box! Ha! So, I have more if anyone needs one! This tray was going into our booth at the flea market so we decided to incorporate both states onto the tray.

a Kentucky / Tennessee road map from the 80's

2. Trace

After we decided what part of the map that we wanted to use, we sat the tray onto the map and traced around it.

a vintage road map laid out on a table

3. Cut

Next, cut out the shape from the map. Don’t worry about those folds, they will smooth out a bit when you apply it to the tray.

a vintage road map that has been cut to fit a round surface

4. Paint the Tray

If you choose to change the color of your tray, I recommend chalk paint. That is what I used to paint this tray solid white. Another thing I’m a sucker for anything solid white!

a round tray that has been painted white sitting on a table

5. Add the Map

Using mod podge and concentrating on one area at a time, start applying your map to the tray. Once you have it completely adhered, and after it has dried thoroughly, add a top coat of the mod podge to seal it.

a white tray that has a vintage road map decoupaged onto the inside surface

And that’s it! Super simple project if you have the right stuff! This idea can be used for any paper prints however, like scrapbook paper, napkins, or calendar images! I hope you enjoyed this Thrifted Tray Makeover and that it inspires you to create something similar for your home decor! Make sure to join our email family so we can keep in touch!

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Kathy

    What a cute idea! It doesn’t get any easier than that!

    1. JRandLBriska

      It really was very easy! Thank you Ms Kathy!

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