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April 6, 2013

Desk Caddy & Tray Spray Painted

Desk Caddy and Tray Spray Painted ~ Yes, you can spray paint plastics too ! And make a one-piece Desk Caddy to fit in with your new color scheme #SprayPainting #Crafts #DeskCaddy

Dimitri's new room is coming along in bits and pieces, but we are slowly getting somewhere.  He has spent a lot of money already on new laminate flooring, which Roy installed, as well as paint and all kinds of stuff needed to make the room more him, for lack of a better word !

Anyhow, most things, can be build or as in this post - spray painted.  I know a desk caddy and a letter tray are not that expensive, but why buy anything new, when you have something which is not being used, or in the case of the caddy - recycle some cans.

So here is what I started with:

My old {hardly used !} letter tray - dusty but still in good shape, bar the one tray which were cracked.

First, I removed the trays, disassembled the blue frame {each tray holder slips into the one above}, and removed the clip-on blue handles.

I then spray painted the handles, using Rust-O-Leum for plastics {pic above} and the framework{sorry, forgot to take a pic!}, which were all blue, in red - I gave all of the parts a double coat with about 30 minutes in between coats.

The broken tray and handle were left out when I assembled the "new" red desk tray {I am sure the broken stuff will be used somehow again!!}

Now this was the simple part - everyone has by now re-purposed / re-cycled or re-whatever tin cans {It's not my first time as well...}

For the desk caddy, I wanted something a little different than just a few painted {up-cycled} cans. I wanted a caddy which forms ONE unit - all together, one piece...

Above is what I used {the one can did not work, so I used a different one as seen in the first photo}:

3 - Cans ... different, sizes
1 - old table place mat ... perfect for a desk as it will not scratch the table top

Not in pic :

3 - Screws
Black Spray Paint
White Paint
Red Spray Paint

First, Roy spray painted the top of the place mat black - I painted a white border around it {just to make a small difference as this will be used on a black desk}

Second, I taped and sprayed the three cans red

Lastly, to make the whole caddy ONE unit, we adhered the cans to the place mat, using screws {which Roy cut off and grinded the bottom pieces, so as to not scratch the desk}.

Two pieces - small - but zero money  {all the paint are leftovers from previous projects}.

We are busy with many small and large projects/crafts for this room,,,,, so be ready for lots of posts containing Black, White and RED !
Desk Caddy and Tray Spray Painted ~ Yes, you can spray paint plastics too ! And make a one-piece Desk Caddy to fit in with your new color scheme #SprayPainting #Crafts #DeskCaddy


  1. It came up great Im doing some can stuff myself :)

  2. I have that caddy and I really wished it came in a different colour - didn't think to try spray paint! Will have to pin this for future reference.

    Visiting from Earning my Cape.

    Angela @ A Typical English Home

  3. Hi Linda,

    What a great idea to personalize your caddy! They never have the color I want. Thanks so much for sharing at Transformed Tuesday.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  4. I never would have thought to spray paint the caddy. What a brilliant idea and I think I have a couple in the back room that I can give it a test run on. Thank you for the idea!

  5. I don't know which I love more...the spray painted plastic trays or the very awesome cans that are attached as one piece! So smart!! Dimitri is never going to want to leave home!!!

  6. And yet another great project. Love your creativity! Thanks for linking up!!


  7. Awesome upcycle...I never would've thought to spray paint all of that and the stripes are fab! :) Thanks for linking up to Showy Sunday over at

  8. Wow, this is so cute! Really changes the look of it. Thanks so much for linking up at Crafty Tuesday!

  9. Thanks for stopping by and linking up one of your awesome projects! Stop by again this week and link up some more cool things!

    Have a great week!


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