Fabric Lined Serving Tray

Serving Tray Makeover

Hello, I hope everyone had a good weekend! My husband and I had a great night out with some friends on Friday and on Sunday I went to see my daughter at college.

My daughter recently moved into a new dorm apartment. When I went to see it two weeks ago I couldn’t believe how bare the place was. She asked me if I would help make it over and brighten it up. Of course, I was SO happy to help with this! Today I’m sharing one project with you that I made for the dorm, using only items I already had.

One thing I knew I would need was something to put on the coffee table. I remembered I had this serving tray on my bar cart that I really wasn’t using. It was kind of ugly as is. My first thought was spray paint, because the room really needs some color and some pattern. But then I remembered I had some fabric samples in my closet. You might remember them from this post.


serving tray makeover

My goal was to line the inside of the tray with the fabric. First I centered the fabric where I wanted it, then traced with a pencil where it needed to be cut.


serving tray makeover


After cutting it to size I used Mod Podge to attach it to the tray. This was my first time ever using Mod Podge. I just painted the bottom of the tray with it and then set the fabric on top. I used a credit card to smooth out any bubbles.


serving tray makeover

I painted several more layers of the Mod Podge over the fabric, letting it dry between coats. It probably needs a coat of acrylic sealer to protect it but I didn’t have time to go get that before the dorm makeover. Then to cover up my not-perfect edges I added some jute trim. I had this jute I bought from Pottery Barn for another project I had planned, but the jute was much smaller in person than it looked online so I ended up not using it. I attached this around the edges with hot glue.

serving tray makeover

Here is the finished tray.

Serving Tray Makeover


Here it is in my family room. It looks good in there, I really wanted to keep it!

serving tray makeover




serving tray makeover
Serving tray makeover

The fabric lined serving tray is now in its new home in the dorm apartment. I spent all of Sunday afternoon there, giving it a much-needed makeover. You can see the reveal here.





  1. What a great transformation! Love the pattern you added to the tray. I’d be thrilled if you shared this at my Creative Ways Link Party that just went live. Hope to see you there.

  2. Such a pretty makeover! I love that fabric! Great job! Thanks for linking up to On Display Thursday!

  3. Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com says:

    Love the tray! What a great idea to use fabric! And the roping adds a nice touch. Thanks so much for sharing at Your Turn To Shine… hope you come back each week 🙂

  4. I love the fabric you chose. In fact I have a sample of that same fabric in my desk drawer. Well done! Thank you for linking up to On Display Thursday

  5. I love finding trays at second hand stores. Now I know what to do with them. I love what you did with your tray:) Thanks

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