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!)
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!