Silver tile sheets on tray trolley

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Recycled items

  • Old tea trolley

  • Paper lids from foil food containers

Also needed

  • White enamel paint

  • Newspaper/spot sheets

  • Paintbrushes and roller

  • PVA bond glue

  • Water-based varnish


  1. The trolley was in a good condition and only needed a sanding to remove the varnish. When sanding varnish from metal, use a fine grade of sandpaper to prevent the metal from being scratched. Wipe it with a damp cloth to clean off any sanding dust.
  2. Place the trolley on a spot sheet, paint the legs and the top with white paint. I used a non-gloss enamel paint and a small foam roller for a smooth finish. Apply two to three coats. Between each coat, leave the paint to dry, gently sand it with a fine sandpaper and wipe away any dust with a damp cloth before applying the next layer.
  3. The paper lids were already cut in rectangular shapes to fit the containers. Clean them with a damp cloth and allow to dry.  Use your own design, and glue the rectangular shapes onto the trays. When completely dry cover the trays with a water based varnish. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

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