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.
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 (affiliate link) 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:
Then I cut out my hexagon of fabric, sealed the edges of the fabric with Fray Check (affiliate link), and sprayed it with Scotchguard Outdoor Watershield (affiliate link). 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!
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!).