September 24, 2009

DIY Boot Tray Guide

I recently featured my entryway makeover and was flattered to get a lot of compliments and excitement about my DIY boot tray.  So for all of you who asked for it, here are the full details on how I made this boot tray!

I initially decided to get a boot tray so I would have some place to put my shoes when I walked in the door and was too lazy to put them away (this happens 90% of the time).  I also wanted a boot tray to gently hint and encourage guests to take off their shoes before tracking dirt onto my carpets.  I found this very cute boot tray from Ballard Design, but was not willing to accept their $49 price tag.

So I decided to do a little diy magic on a much cheaper store bought boot tray to make it look just as cute.  I found the boot tray in the rug aisle of Walmart next to the outdoor doormats.  (Yes, I actually went back to Walmart to take photos of this!)

The boot tray is a great deal for just $5.24.
Walmart had two different varieties, a curvy plain boot tray and one with scalloped edges.  I chose the the scalloped edge boot tray since I think it is prettier and has more detail.  The scalloped boot tray is by Mainstays and is called the Majestic boot tray.  I think the design of this boot tray mimics the fluer de lis pattern of the Ballard boot tray.

When I went back to Walmart for these photos they only had black boot trays available, but when I purchased the boot tray originally it was available in tan.  I bought the tan because I figured it would be easier to spray paint than the black tray.

I painted the boot tray using Rust-olem American Accents Stone finish spray paint in mineral brown which gives the boot tray a warm color and a nice texture.  A couple of coats later, I waited for the paint to dry and voila, your own boot tray!

I'm sharing this project on DIY Day, Transformation Thursday, Thrifty Thursday, and DIY Home Accents. Check out the other great projects featured. 


Diann @ The thrifty Groove said...

What a good idea, especially with winter on the way!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Good job. Who would pay $49 for a boot tray anyhow? I guess someone would. Not me. I like the Walmart version, expecially after you personalized it. Good job.

Old Time Cindy said...

Very creative, inspirational, and thrifty. You had me at thrifty!
Thanks for sharing!
Living it up at Lakewood,

Dresser Girl said...

Gosh - we don't wear boots here, but I'm thinking I gotta get me one of those!!

DIY Newlyweds said...

Karen - I would dream of paying close to $50 for something I throw my shoes on! But for about $5, this is perfect!

Dresser Girl - Don't worry, I'm not big on boots either. This tray works perfectly for all of my flip flops!

Unknown said...

Such a great idea! Thanks for the step-by-step guide!

j said...

I have that same tray but it has faded BADLY. Thank you for the idea to spruce it up with spray paint. I hadn't even thought of that!!

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

I am going to link your post to my post tomorrow too. Hope you wont mind.Thanks for linking to Thirfty Thursday this week! I always enjoy making the rounds to see the treasures that you find! I appreciate your visits to Bloggeritaville, friend! Thanks for your participation!

Tales from Bloggeritaville

Unknown said...

Great job! Love any idea with spray paint!

Jane said...

A very thrifty project indeed!!! I just have an ugly black one sitting in my laundry room....I might need to to get some of that spray paint!

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

Well, I wonder if it is available around here--when I get back home I will have to look. Thanks for posting about this!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Fabulous!!! And thrifty too.