Quick and easy lap tray makeover with wood-effect adhesive vinyl

Lap trays can get pretty disgusting, can’t they? I mean, they’re probably okay if you’re just using a lap tray for working on your laptop of an evening, or streaming something on your tablet. But If you’re using a lap tray for your lunch or to hold snacks during film night, it’ll probably get sticky and icky quickly.

That’s certainly what I found to be the case with our lap trays. Even after wiping them down regularly and being careful with spills, they still ended up with little stains and grease marks on the surface. I don’t know how they got so gross, but they did.

That doesn’t mean I should throw them away though, does it? They’re still able to fulfill their role of holdings things flat on my lap – and I still needed one to use every so often when snack time on the sofa called. So I decided to give them the quickest and easiest makeover ever.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Icky lap trays
  • Self-adhesive vinyl
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife

Can you guess how I gave my lap trays a makeover?

Yep, I cut out a piece of sticky vinyl and stuck it to the surface. That’s it!

Of course, I thoroughly cleaned and dried the surface first and I cut the piece of self-adhesive vinyl to size. I smoothed it out and, when it was a little too big at the edges, I cut the excess away with a craft knife.

You can go one step further and spray paint the frame if you like – just be careful to mask off the beanbag part underneath the tray first.

Let me know if you’ve done any simple upcycling projects while you’ve been at home, I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to 🙂


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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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