Baking Pan Turned Decorative Drink Tray

When I was in high school, it drove my mom nuts that instead of using the desk she bought for my room, I did my homework in bed, propped up by loads of pillows. Some things never change. I have good intentions of working at the desk in our home office and usually start out there but inevitably I migrate over to the living room couch. Not only is it more comfy and relaxing, but the couch has the added benefit of getting snuggled by this sweet girl who is is a master of the “I’m bored, take me for a walk” look.

Hope on Living Room Couch

The problem with computing on the couch is not having a good place to put my coffee cup. Because I need that sucker close by in the morning. I usually end up throwing a hardcover book on the cushion next to me and balancing my coffee cup on top of it. Definitely not ideal.

So when I saw Lisa’s post about her tray makeover, it was just the inspiration I needed! Lisa used a $1 tray from Target as the base for her drink tray but I struck out at Target. And Walmart. And thrift stores. So I ended up ordering this hexagon baking pan from Amazon that was exactly the size that I was looking for. I decided to line the pan with a sample of a Robert Allen fabric I’ve been crushing on. I centered my pan over the area of the fabric that I wanted to use and traced it with chalk:

how to make drink tray

Then I cut out my hexagon of fabric, sealed the edges of the fabric with Fray Check, and sprayed it with Scotchguard Outdoor Watershield. I then scuffed up the baking pan with some sandpaper and painted it with two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in graphite. All of these products were things I already had on hand so my only cost was the baking pan.

After the fabric was dry, I placed it in the bottom of the painted pan and….voila! My own decorative coffee cup tray!

Driven by Decor - Finished DIY Drink Tray

Perfect timing because our grocery store had just gotten in their pumpkin spice flavored coffee so I got to use my new tray for my first cup of pumpkin coffee of the season (along with a biscotti – yum!).


Driven by Decor - Close up of DIY Drink Tray

Baking pan turned decorative drink tray!Thanks for the inspiration Lisa (be sure to pay my sweet friend a visit over at Texas Decor, ok?!). Have a great weekend everyone!


Because Who Said Witches Can’t Have Style?

Driven by Decor - DIY Decorative Witch Hat

True Halloween confession: I can’t stand the combination of orange and black. Orange I like. Black I like. But orange and black together…not so much. I have hardly any Halloween decorations because, well, what’s in the stores is pretty much all orange and black. So when I spied a plain paper mache witch’s hat at Michael’s, I grabbed it with the thought of making something other than your typical black witch’s hat. Because who said witches can’t have style? This is a super simple 30 minute DIY that I’m sure you could figure out on your own but I’ll show you how I got the job done. The first step is obviously to pick out your fabric. I wasn’t kidding when I said that I was making a hat for a witch with style…high-end style apparently because she said she’d settle for nothing less than Schumacher. I looked in my fabric sample/remnant stash and Schumacher’s Chiang Mai was the […]

Off With the Wallpaper, On with the Gray Paint!

Houzz: CCG Interiors

By the time happy hour rolls around today, I’m hoping to be celebrating being the proud owner of a wallpaper-less foyer! 90% of the wallpaper was taken off weeks ago, but I’ve been dragging my feet about finishing the job because that last 10%? So not fun. At some point in our home’s past, crown molding was added to our foyer, which would be all great and wonderful if they hadn’t just slapped the new molding on over the existing wallpaper. So with the wallpaper running up under the crown molding, it involves some painstaking cutting, steaming, and scraping to get those last bits of wallpaper off. But since I’m close to crossing the wallpaper removing finish line, over the weekend I pulled out my paint chips and started thinking about options for colors to paint our foyer. The three rooms off of our foyer are our living room, dining room, and office – based on the colors in […]

My New Geometric Rug (& Some Others You’ll Love)

Driven by Decor-West Elm Black and Gray Geometric Rug

Having a house full of hardwoods, I’m always got my eye out for good looking, inexpensive rugs. And I’ve been loving the patterned rugs that some of my favorite stores have come out with this fall. One of them (West Elm’s Bazaar Wool Dhurrie Rug) jumped its way into my online shopping cart and arrived at my door yesterday. I love the fun geometric pattern and the colors fit right in with the rest of my house. I’ve got a few different spots where I could use it but I’m thinking it will stay in our entryway since it works so well with the colors & patterns in our living and dining rooms, which are the two rooms flanking our entry. I thought I’d share a few of my other favorite new patterned rugs too in case you’re a chronic rug searcher like me. Most of them are online-only but I just waited until West Elm had a free […]

Decorating for Fall: Keeping it Simple

Fall decorating feathers in trophy cup

When it comes to seasonal decorating, I’m all about keeping it simple. Because hauling boxes of stuff in and out of storage and then packing and unpacking accessories for the next holiday or season just isn’t my idea of fun. Instead of going all out, I just do a little rearranging, mix in a few seasonal accessories (using greenery from my yard and other natural elements when I can), and enjoy the simple, unassuming elegance of “less is more”. My favorite “accessories” this fall? Feathers. I may just have to add feathers to my list of obsessions because I’ve now got them in all sorts of beautiful shapes and sizes. I’ve added some to a little flea market trophy cup that sits on a woven tray in our living room, and also to this little brass thrift store beauty that’s in our kitchen, and I’m working on a little feathered something for our dining room (more on that in […]

Boring Chair Backs No More! Adding Color and Pattern with a Simple DIY

Fringe added to fabric and draped over chair back

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I don’t know what the weather was like in your neck of the woods but it was hotter and more summery feeling here than it has been in weeks. No complaining from me – winter is sneaking up on us so I’ll gladly soak up as many sunshine filled days as come my way until then. While I spent most of the weekend goofing off, I did finish up a project in our living room and am loving the change it’s made to this space. You may remember that when you walk into our living room, the back of one of our slipcovered swivel chairs is facing you. It’s not ideal but it’s the best furniture arrangement for this long and narrow room. I was feeling the need to soften things up and bring in some more pattern and had the idea of draping a throw or runner over the back of […]

A New Look & Some Weekend Inspiration

chevron herringbone accent wall

It’s been kinda quiet on the blog this week but super busy behind the scenes as Kate and I have been busy finishing up Driven by Decor’s new look! We’ve still got some tweaking to do in the next few weeks but the basics of the new design are up and running – what do you think? Thanks so much for sticking with me lately when the blog hasn’t been as full of projects and house happenings as usual. There’s actually been a lot of DIYing and designing going on around here and now that the blog construction is wrapping up, I’m excited to take some photos and start sharing everything that I’ve been up to (including what I ended up doing with my foyer bench that you guys gave me so much great advice on)! And since I don’t want to leave my design-loving friends eye candy-less, here’s a little weekend inspiration for you… An amazing herringbone accent wall: […]