I recently bought a set of five trays from Joann Fabric. It was actually a mistake on my part; someone on Etsy requested a custom order and then never got back to me! Definitely a lesson that you shouldn’t expect someone to follow through on a custom order unless you get it guaranteed.
So I now had a set of unfinished trays to play around with. I decided to make my own set of unique trays to maybe sell at a craft show or on Etsy someday.
For this patterned tray, the first thing I did was have my husband stain it in a weathered oak stain. I love the grayish tone of this stain. I couldn’t do it myself because of the fumes and my pregnancy. I’ve since bought a mask 🙂
When staining, I generally use an old rag made out of a t-shirt. Wipe the stain in the direction of the wood grain and when you are done, make sure to wipe of the excess.
After I let it dry for a day, I got some cream colored paint and a stencil from Walmart. You can get a similar one from Amazon here: Plaid:Craft Martha Stewart Large Stencils 3 Sheets/Pkg-Arabesque 8.75″X16.75″ 11 Designs. I used a sponge brush specific for stencils.
When you are finished with one section, you pick up the stencil and overlap it in order to keep the pattern going. I made the mistake of not making sure the stencil was all the way down, so some paint did leak out under the stencil layers.
I decided to remedy the situation by sanding it down and making it look more used.
The last step is simply to brush on a layer of polyurethane to help protect the wood. You now have a beautiful and unique handmade tray!
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