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Pop of Yellow Bar Tray

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Spring has sprung.  After all of the waiting, we’re finally in the depths of some warmer weather and I’m celebrating by getting out the bright, cheery drinks and snacks to enjoy outside on the patio.

I hinted last week to a project I was working on with Sherwin Williams in conjunction with National Painting Week and today, I’m finally revealing the finished product! The best part of the whole project is not only the color change, but also the bar tray itself.

I used the base of an old directors chair that I’d had and simply removed the arms and set a wooden tray on the top.  There you go!  Base, tray, a new coat of paint, and I’ve got myself a tray table worthy of any bar area and was able to use an old piece of furniture that had been sitting in the guest room.

Sherwin Williams Before and After

yellow bar table

yellow bar cart - house of earnest

If you’re not a huge DIYer, I swear you can still do this project.  I didn’t use a primer, but I did sand off any clear finish that had previously been on the stool base and used two coats of Lemon Twist paint with a sponge brush to reduce brush strokes (and make for easy clean-up!).  I finished off the table by painting the hardware gold and adding some painted gold ‘L’ brackets to the corners for a more polished look.

bar table yellow - house of earnest

yellow tray table - house of earnest

I LOVE the way it turned out and the extra pop it lends to my (mostly neutral) dining room.  What do you think?  Are you inspired to do your own home paint project yet? Head on over to Sherwin Williams’ National Painting Week site to see color inspirations, painting ideas, and expert tips all week!  If you think you’d like to see more projects like this one, there are thirteen other bloggers using paint to transform their spaces.

Today, Cassidy and Justin over at Remodelaholic are sharing another yellow project, but tomorrow painting with blue is Amanda from Recycled Consign and Design as well as Emily from Decor Chick.

I cannot wait to check out the full week of projects and I hope you follow along as well!

*this post is sponsored by Sherwin Williams, but thoughts, photos, and ideas are all my own.


36 Comments on “Pop of Yellow Bar Tray”

  1. Meg Sylvia April 16, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    How creative! Never would it cross my mind to make a table out of something like a director’s chair, but you really pulled it off! Loving that yellow color, too.

    • Erin | House of Earnest April 16, 2013 at 11:08 am #

      Meg – since I made this one, I’ve made two others for places around my house… it’s just to easy!

  2. jacquelyn |lark&linen April 16, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    yellow was a fab choice!! It looks amazing my dear

  3. Adriana April 16, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    GENIUS! Ahhh I love this so much!

  4. Kayleigh April 16, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    I have been loving pops of yellow lately and this piece is wonderful!


  5. dawn@joyfulscribblings April 16, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    I’m not a big DIY’er, but I totally love this project and I’m going to give it a try. I thought it would be great to put on my patio when entertaining and love that it’s easy to store when not in use. Thanks for sharing.

    • Erin | House of Earnest April 16, 2013 at 11:09 am #

      Dawn – that is one of the best parts… it folds up flat when not in use! Since I’ve made it, I’ve already used it a ton! If you give it a try, be sure to share it with us!

  6. YOLONDA April 16, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    Love this paint week! Yesterday I enjoy the faux malachite desk and today a bright yellow bar. How do I get in on the action next year? So much fun, color and beauty!

    ♥, LONDA // DESIGNroundupblog.com

  7. Rebecca @This Nest is Best April 16, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    What a cute bar! I love that you up-cycled a piece you already own and the styling is so cute. I can’t wait to style the bar in our dining room (it’s going through a decor overhaul! – http://thisnestisbest.com/2013/04/11/dining-room-updates-laying-the-foundation/)


  8. Erin April 16, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Super cute! The yellow is such a fresh, bright touch.

  9. Alexa April 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    That tray is seriously fabulous!

  10. Tania @ Run to Radiance April 16, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    I am so loving yellow this season! Great job. :)

  11. pve April 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    so sunny side up!

  12. Shavonda@AHomeFullOfColor April 16, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    I absolutely love the color!. Its so fun and fresh and modern. Thanks so much for sharing.

  13. Donna April 16, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    What a gorgeous lemon paint color! And it goes so well with the art. Did you DIY the art also?

  14. Maddy April 16, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    Very impressed! This is such a great idea. The colour is great too. I have a bar cart, but I kinda wish I didnt now as I’d love to try this!

    Well done.

  15. Brittni April 17, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Love this makeover project Erin. The color is perfect for spring and summer.

  16. Mandy Pellegrin // Fabric Paper Glue April 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    You know I love a bar! And what’s better — a bright one! Very nice job, Erin.

  17. Erin | Holtwood Hipster April 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    Just genius. I have a director’s chair I’ve been trying to offload on Craigslist for a while and now have found a new purpose for it. Clever.

  18. Tanya April 22, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Love this and the pop of color. One question did you just lay the tray on top of the directors chair stand or bolt it in? I’d be worried that I would tip the tray over.

  19. Corbin (decor-eat) May 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    LOVE the yellow color! Great pick and what a cute bar!

    New fan and follower :). You should check out decor-eat sometime. I just kicked off a fun DIY link up


  20. Jennifer July 12, 2013 at 2:02 am #

    What kind of paint did you use for this project? I’ve painted a couple pieces of furniture before and used acrylic and they always remain just the tiniest bit tacky, so that if I leave something sitting on it for a long time, it pulls up a bit of paint when I move it.

    • Erin | House of Earnest July 12, 2013 at 10:22 am #

      Hi Jennifer –

      I used a high gloss Acrylic Latex – Duration Home by Sherwin Williams. I know what you mean… That has happened to me in the past and is usually when my coats are too thick. Although it requires more coats, I usually do thinner coats instead!


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