I found this tray on clearance months ago for $5.95(!) at Target, but unfortunately the craft style lettering just wasn’t my taste. I finally got around to prettying it up using this tray I found on Etsy as inspiration:
See how to make it after the jump!
- Fine sandpaper
- Wet rag
- Drop cloth
- Spray primer
- Spray metallic paint
- Matching metallic gloss paint for touch ups (optional)
- Spray gloss white paint
- Spray clear gloss paint
- 1″ blue painters tape
Step 1- Prep: Use a damp rag or paper towel to wipe off any dirt. Use fine sandpaper to give the wood a light sanding. Wipe any dust off with a damp rag.
Step 2- Prime: Do one or two thin coats of spray primer letting the piece dry 10 minutes between coats.
Step 3- Paint: Spray the entire tray with thin coats of metallic paint. Multiple thin coats are better than fewer heavy coats when working with spray paint. It took me about 3 coats of metallic paint to get full coverage, let dry 10 minutes between coats and an hour after the final coat.
Step 4- Tape: After the metallic paint has dried thoroughly (at least an hour), Use blue tape to tape your zig-zag or chevron pattern. I used scissors to make sure the ends of the tape we cut straight and made sure the tape was lined up exactly to form the corners of the triangle pattern.
Step 5- More Tape: I vaguely followed the triangle pattern from my inspiration design, but I didn’t worry about being perfect and I let the pattern grow organically. I just taped one triangle after the other letting the tape move where it did.
Step 6- White Paint: After your done taping, paint with 2 layers of white gloss spray paint letting dry 10 minutes between layers. Remove the tape gently after the tray dries (about 30 minutes). In retrospect, I would have liked to have some matching gold paint for touch ups because there was some bleed under the tape. If you have paint for touch ups, this is the time to do it.
Step 7- Gloss: Finish the tray with 3 coats of clear gloss, letting dry 10 minutes between coats. Let the tray dry overnight. You’re ready to stock your tray with cocktails or breakfast-in-bed!