A Tropical Makeover for an Old Cookie Sheet

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Recently I decided I needed another serving tray for our backyard patio.  I usually see all kinds of cute serving trays in local shops, but of course now that I actually needed one, I was having trouble finding one that I liked.

Finding Inspiration in the Basement

Then I remembered the old cookie sheet I had come across while organizing the basement last fall.  Too far gone to give to charity, it wound up in a pile of metals to be recycled.  Luckily I had not yet done anything with that pile.

cooking sheet before makeover

It was just the size I wanted for the tray.  So I went over it thoroughly with super-fine sandpaper and then spray painted it with one of my old standbys, Rust-Oleum Heirloom White.   Then I glued cork to the bottom.

That was a nice start, but it definitely needed something.  I kicked a few ideas around – maybe stenciling a border or doing some kind of artsy collage.  This project could go in so many fun directions.

Finding Even More Inspiration in the Basement

While looking for my stencils in the basement, I came across a poster from a trip to Hawaii.  One of us liked the poster enough to carefully pack it into carry-on luggage (the only way we travel) and bring it all the way back home.

poster for cookie sheet

We never got around to framing the poster.  It was moved from room to room and finally wound up in the basement.

With its beautiful colors and striking imagery, it would be perfect for the tray – if I cut it down a little bit.

My First Experience with Mod Podge

I cut the poster to size and glued it to the tray with the Mod Podge.  It was a little difficult to get the poster to stay completely tacked down.  A few bubbles formed, which I had to carefully work away.  Plus the poster already had some minor creases.

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So it didn’t look perfect but it really didn’t look half bad.  I decided to apply four coats of the Mod Podge over the poster, letting the Mod Podge dry between applications.  I used heavy brush strokes to apply it so that the imperfections in the poster would be blended into the overall look.

A Usable Souvenir

cookie sheet tray

Now I have a tray that is fun for use outdoors – and a souvenir of our trip to Hawaii.

cookie sheet tray

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14 Replies to “A Tropical Makeover for an Old Cookie Sheet”

  1. Heidi,

    Once again I am very entertained by your delightful post! What fun you must have! I’m glad you stopped working. You are so creative.

    Two of the pictures were obscured but luckily I still got to see the tray. So cool.


    1. Thanks Jane, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. And thanks for letting me know about the pictures, I’ll try to get that one figured out!

  2. I agree. You are very creative and it is so fun to see your beautiful works of art 🙂 I enjoy reading your blog very much. Keep it up, or Ill have nothing to do at work during slow season 😉

    1. Thanks Joanie! I really enjoy having this blog, so it’s nice to get the encouragement and to know that others find it interesting.

  3. Great redo of the cookie sheet! Love, love vintage cameras! I have one like that, but no tripod. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  4. This is honestly the greatest repurposing idea I have seen in a long time. I have a bunch of old cookie sheets that I let my son use for excess lego pieces when he’s building so they don’t go all over the place. I may take one of them back and make a tray like this! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday.

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