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!
What a good idea, especially with winter on the way!
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.
Very creative, inspirational, and thrifty. You had me at thrifty!
Thanks for sharing!
Living it up at Lakewood,
Gosh - we don't wear boots here, but I'm thinking I gotta get me one of those!!
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!
Such a great idea! Thanks for the step-by-step guide!
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!!
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!
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Great job! Love any idea with spray paint!
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!
Well, I wonder if it is available around here--when I get back home I will have to look. Thanks for posting about this!
Fabulous!!! And thrifty too.
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