Trays are so much fun and are extremely functional in decor. Trays also make great gifts, and this one was a present for my daughter-in-law. Don’t pass up a chance to get one that’s scratched, unfinished, or on the clearance isle because it is an odd color. Snap it up and give it an easy paint makeover. But don’t stop there! Use a silver leafing pen to give it some personality.
Here’s an easy tutorial to for the tray I found at T.J.Max. I almost forgot to take a before picture, so here’s what I snapped after starting to paint.
This makeover was soooooo easy, and in just a few hours, the tray was totally transformed and personalized.
- sponge stick or small brush
- paint (One bottle of craft paint was plenty for this tray, and I even painted the fabric insert.)
- primer (optional)
- Krylon Silver Leafing Pen (gold or silver)
- something to rest the tray on while you paint. (I used trivets so that the tray wouldn’t stick to the paper.)
- tape measure
1. Prime the tray if you are covering a dark finish with a lighter paint. Let it dry completely.
2. Paint enough coats to cover the previous finish. Let it dry completely between coats. Note: I painted the fabric in the center of my tray, but only because I accidentally got paint on it. I will probably go back and replace it with burlap.
3. Measure a center point on each side and draw a line with the silver leafing pen. I got this one for a previous mirror makeover and I’m hooked! It is super easy to use and the finish is stunning!
4. Measure 1 1/2″ sections starting with the center point and working toward each side. You may end up with a space on each end that is not exactly 1 1/2″, but don’t worry about it.
5. Make vertical lines that are 1 1/2″ apart. Don’t bother drawing with a straight edge. Freehand is just fine. My lines aren’t perfectly straight or perfectly spaced, but it still works.
6. Starting at the center line, draw a diagonal line from the top of the center line to the bottom of the next line. Then continue this pattern all the way to the left edge of the tray. Repeat drawing diagonal lines from the center line to the right side of the tray.
7. Fill in the spaces between the triangles you created with more diagonal lines.
8. Repeat steps 3-7 on the other three sides of the tray. If you have handles to work around, just imagine drawing a line through the open space and continuing on the next vertical line.
9. If it is possible, try to line up the lines at the corner. Look at the corner in the picture above and notice how they are connected from side to side. If it doesn’t work out perfectly, don’t worry about it. This is one project the imperfections only make it look better.
10. Stand back and enjoy your personalized tray! I made this in about 2 1/2 hours, and about half of that time was allowing it to dry in between coats. And it was fun!
This was a Christmas present, and it was so much fun to see my daughter-in-law open it. The color is perfect for her family room, and I smile every time I see it. I hope she does too!
For more easy DIY decor, head over to my Projects page.