This post may contain affiliate links. That means if you click on my link and buy something, I will earn a small commission from the advertiser at no additional cost to you.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Summer Beverage Tray

Half of my kids are out of school for the summer and soon the others will be home.  
This means the amount of cups and glasses laying around the kitchen each day will be staggering

 Last fall I saw the most brilliant idea from Leanne 
 (She has amazing ideas head on over and check her out.)

 Leanne spray painted this cute plastic tray and added circles and initials.  
Looks cute but it's also extremely functional.  
Now every one has a spot for their glass all day. 
 No need to get more than one a day per person.

I decide to make one last fall and I'm just getting around to it!! 
 (I know you do your projects the moment they pop into  your head.)  
In my defense, first I had to find a tray the right size. 
 I found one early this spring when I was DI hopping.  

She is not much to look at in her original dirty state, 
but I like that it was metal instead of wood.  
(Check out the partially filled glass just hanging out in this before picture.)
 (I definitely need this.)

First I took it apart and cleaned all the pieces. 
 Then I spray painted the arms and little bun feet white. 
 And of coarse I had to distress them a little.  
I put all the pieces back together. 
 Looking good!!
That stainless steel looks like a mirror.

Next I applied the lite yellow vinyl letters and circles.  
One for all 8 members of my family.

I'm so loving it!! 
 It kind of has a Pottery Barn feel.  
I love that it cleans up and organizes my kitchen but still looks pretty.  
Thanks for the inspiration Leanne!

I'm linking up to:


Chic on a Shoestring Decorating


Unknown said...

Love your tray! I'll need to do this when my kids are a little bigger. :)

Lisa9 said...

What a great idea! I hope to try this TODAY-no more glasses all over the counter so we know which is ours. Thank you thank you!

Les said...

Makes me thirsty just looking at it.

Celeste B. said...

Nice idea! We decided that everyone would have their own "color". With only three kids that was easy, but when we had foster kids...that's a lot more colors to find. It worked well, everyone knew which one was theirs.

Leanne said...

Your tray looks beautiful. I love the stainless steel. Thanks for the shout-out!

Joyce said...

I love this! We have all 6 kids ( and 7 when he comes home from hospital) every 2nd weekend, I am forever washing cups!

Jill said...

I found you from House of Grace... This is such a cute idea!! I might be making one of these for my family! :)

**** April **** said...

Oh my gosh what a FANTASTIC idea! I have a 6 year old that will get a NEW GLASS EVERY TIME HE WANTS A DRINK OF WATER! It's beyond annoying! In ONE DAY he can completely fill the top of the dishwasher!