This TV tray was crazy red and had awful gold designs on it. The first thing I did to transform this 70’s creation was take the legs off. Second, wash it! I know that’s sounds cheesy, but the paint won’t stick to dust or leftover food particles. (ha ha ha *wink*) Moving on… next, I sanded the surface lightly, just to make sure the paint would stick. Then I said goodbye to crazy red and sprayed the tray down with Krylon spray paint in aqua. It took 3 coats! As soon as your paint is dry, your magnet board is ready to use.