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DIY Wallpapered TV Trays

by Grace Bonney

We’re not ashamed to admit that we’ve eaten our fair share of meals off of TV trays. We love them for their casual convenience, but do our best to stash them out of sight when company comes around. These, on the other hand, cleaned up so nice with so little effort, we think it’s about time to organize our first TV dinner party.

CLICK HERE for the full project* after the jump!

*This project is an excerpt from Lauren and Derek’s new book, Wallpaper Projects: More Than 50 Craft Ideas for Your Home, from Accents to Art.

Folding TV tray
Wallpaper scraps
Clear contact paper

Spray paint (Optional)
Metal ruler
X-Acto knife
Spray adhesive
Bone folder or burnishing tool


1. Spruce up an old tray with a coat of two of spray paint. Set it aside to dry.

2. Measure the dimensions of the tray top, and draw the measurement on the back side of your wallpaper with a pencil and ruler.

3. Cut out the piece of wallpaper with an X-Acto knife, using a metal ruler as your guide.

4. Apply a layer of spray adhesive to the back side of the wallpaper.

5. Carefully set the paper in place on your tray top, and use a bone folder or burnishing tool to smooth out any bubbles.

6. To protect and seal the wallpaper, measure and cut out a piece of clear contact paper the same size as your tray top.

7. Peel off the backing and place the contact paper over the wallpaper. Smooth out any bubbles with a bone folder or burnishing tool.

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