Date Night In – How To Make A DIY TV Tray Table & Folded Heart Napkins

Nothing says love like a date night in, your favorite movie,and a chic DIY TV Tray Table for eating all of the pizza your heart desires.

Date Night In: DIY TV Tray Table & Folded Heart Napkins by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

I’m not going to say I pride myself on being a homebody per se.

But I’m not going to pretend like I don’t recognize this blaring quality about myself either.

Between being pregnant, discovering my newfound love of nesting, or our work travels and deadlines, any time we can squeeze in a quiet night at home sans a to-do list is a good night!

I love going to dinner and a movie as much as the next girl.

But there’s something doubly relaxing about staying home in comfy clothes and messy hair that’s even more appealing to me.

Is anyone else out there like this or am I just starting to feel my age?!

I still like to add a little touch of something special for date nights so that we’re not just slumming it at home though.

I think this DIY TV Tray Table along with some folded heart napkins isn’t a shabby way of dressing things up (that doesn’t include my outfit). Don’t you think?!

And while not everyone likes to watch old episodes of cheesy crime dramas like Jared and I do (feel free to judge), we do love having friends over for a good couples game night or Sunday football (via our TV bunny ears and lack of cable).

And this DIY is just as useful for groups as it is for couples!

Date Night In: DIY TV Tray Table & Folded Heart Napkins by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

Materials You’ll Need for DIY TV Tray Table

Plain white adjustable tray

Gold spray paint

Wood stain in the color of your choice

Foam brush

18×24 inch wood painting panel

Liquid nails

Spray shellac

Fine sand paper

Date Night In: DIY TV Tray Table & Folded Heart Napkins by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

How to Make a DIY TV Tray Table

This DIY is crazy simple because essentially we’re just giving an already constructed TV tray table a fancy makeover:

1 –– First, assemble the white adjustable tray to get a feel for how it works.

2 — Next, use the fine sandpaper to give the gloss finish of the tray table an easier surface for spray paint to stick to. Make sure the surface is wiped down after sanding, 

3 — Paint two thin coats of the metallic gold spray paint over the entire tray table. Let dry completely.

Date Night In: DIY TV Tray Table & Folded Heart Napkins by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

4 — While the spray paint is drying, use the foam brush and wood stain to stain the wood painting panel and let dry.

Date Night In: DIY TV Tray Table & Folded Heart Napkins by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

5 — Once all of the pieces are completely dry, use the liquid nails to glue the wood painting panel down over the flat surface of the tray table and let set for several hours.

Date Night In: DIY TV Tray Table & Folded Heart Napkins by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

6 —  Once the pieces are all assembled, use the spray shellac to put a clear, food-safe protective coating over the entire tray table and let dry for 24 hours.

For an added touch of little details, these cute heart napkins are super easy to fold to make it look like you spent a lot more time rising to the occasion than you really did…

Date Night In: DIY TV Tray Table & Folded Heart Napkins by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

Now you’re ready to cook up some pizza and put on your favorite movie!

No need to use excess energy to decide between thin crust or hand-tossed style when you can obviously have both, lol.

Date Night In: DIY TV Tray Table & Folded Heart Napkins by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

Date Night In: DIY TV Tray Table & Folded Heart Napkins by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

 

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Date Night In: DIY TV Tray Table & Folded Heart Napkins by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

Date Night In: DIY TV Tray Table & Folded Heart Napkins by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

DIY TV Tray Table

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This simple and chic fold-up TV tray table is perfect for entertaining!
Prep Time30 mins
Drying Time1 d
Total Time1 d 30 mins
Course DIY
Category Furniture

Instructions

  • Assemble the adjustable tray to get a feel for how it works.
  • Use the fine sandpaper to give the gloss finish of the tray table an easier surface for the spray paint to stick to. Make sure to wipe the surface after sanding.
  • Paint 2 thin coats of the metallic gold spray paint over the entire tray table and let dry completely.
  • While the spray paint is drying, use the foam brush and wood stain to stain the wood painting panel and let dry.
  • Once all of the pieces are completely dry, use the liquid nails to glue the wood painting panel down over the flat surface of the tray table and let set for several hours.
  • Once the pieces are all assembled, use the spray shellac to put a clear, food-safe protective coating over the entire tray table and let dry for 24 hours.
Cost: $100
KEYWORD: diy tv tray stand

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12 thoughts on “Date Night In – How To Make A DIY TV Tray Table & Folded Heart Napkins”

    • Hi Teneasha! If you click on the link for the wood stain in the materials section, it will bring you to the exact brand and color stain we used! (But we will update the text!) Ours was a dark walnut. Hope this helps!

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  1. i LOVE this!!! i am so going to make one of these for the each of us! we eat a LOT of our meals on the couch and this would SOOO save on laundry detergent from all of the spills… where is the gold pot from?

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    • yesss exactly the same reason we love them! so happy to hear that you feel the same, Sina. The gold pot is from Target xoxo

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