Stenciled Chalk Paint Tray (Makeover)


Remember in December when I participated in Craftaholics Anonymous’ Craft Exchange? It was so much fun and I got some really pretty stuff from my gift partner! So this summer’s exchange rolled around and I signed up to participate once again.

I really struggled with a fun and unique idea to make my partner. It’s hard to know someone’s tastes, but she did specify some colors that would coordinate with her house and that she was seeking home decor. So I took off in that direction and came across a tray at JoAnn’s that I thought would be a good starting point.

Craftologie Wood Paper Tray (scored for $3.97)
After I found that, I went home for a weekend and discovered a store near my hometown that carries Annie Sloan chalk paint! Be still my beating heart! So at that point I had an even better idea.
SO because this whole project was a “fly by the seat of my pants” project, I totally forgot to take step by step pictures. But the steps are pretty easy.
1. I spray painted my tray white so that the purple color didn’t show through at all.
2. I then painted the middle and inside sides of my tray with Robin’s Egg Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

3. Once dried, I sanded the paint to give it a weathered look and let some of the white spray paint show through.
4. Then I dusted it off and stenciled the whole thing with a Martha Stewart stencil and white craft paint. This wasn’t done too perfectly. It’s HARD to stencil a tray with the edges and everything and try to get the stencil to lie flat. I got really bummed at the end because it was kind of messed up and not looking as perfect as I wanted.

My brilliance took over at this point (haha) and I decided to sand down the stenciling a bit, especially in the places I messed up. Then I took Martha Stewart Glaze I had down in my craft room, mixed it with some leftover white paint, and coated the whole thing with glaze. Between the sanded stenciling and the glaze, it made the imperfections look more weathered and “shabby chic” than just mess ups on my part. I think the whole thing turned out amazing. I love it…and am going to get another tray to do the same thing too again for myself LOL.
I hope my partner likes the tray. I figured she could use it for a little stand for a vase or picture frames or as a mail tray or decorative item. There are tons of possibilities. Let’s look at the before and after again…

Now…I have another one of these trays I am going to makeover for my own kitchen this week! 🙂

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