I had a great handled tray that wasn’t being used to its full potential. The graphic read “May Your Glass Always Be Half Full,” which limited its use to eating and drinking. I already have several kitchen and serving trays, so I set out to makeover this one into an item that could be used throughout the house.

Painted Stenciled Tray

Painted Stenciled Tray

The tray isn’t terribly large–about 14″x6″–but I thought it could make a good mail center or place to toss my keys and sunglasses at the end of the day. I love geometric stencils so I decided to do a white base with a navy pattern.

Supplies I used for this project: primer, glossy spray paint, mask, white paper, ink jet printer (not pictured), small X-acto style knife, painter’s tape, navy acrylic paint, plastic painting palette, foam paint brush, angled bristle paint brush, and clear gloss spray.

Gather up your gear!

Gather up your gear!

First things first, spray paint the top of the tray with primer. I usually buy a white spray paint with a built-in primer, but I always feel better about the durability of a project when I prime it first. Maybe this is an unnecessary step and a waste of supplies, but its been working out pretty well for me. This tray only needed one coat of primer and one coat of white spray paint.

Porcelain Tray Pre-Painting

Porcelain Tray Pre-Painting

While I was waiting for the spray paint to dry properly, I got to work on the stencil. I didn’t have any stencils on hand at the time, so I decided to find one online and adapt it in Paint. This is what I came up with!

Moroccan-Style Stencil

Moroccan-Style Stencil

Since I would be doing a lot of cutting, I adapted the image to save on black ink. I printed it out on regular computer paper. In hindsight, this probably wasn’t the best idea. The paper was a bit flimsy. If I had some card stock or bristol board on hand, I would’ve used that. I used a small knife to cut out the shapes along the black lines. I used the stencil for another project but didn’t store it properly afterward. It got torn pretty terribly. Unfortunately, I’m afraid its gone for good!

Sad Stencil

Sad Stencil

I taped the stencil in the middle of the tray and painted my way out toward each of the handles. The foam brush was handy for getting the basic shape down. I used an angled bristle brush to paint along the edges of the shapes. I let the first coat dry then touched up the shapes as needed. Once all of the navy acrylic paint had dried, I sprayed the tray with a clear gloss to give it a bit of shine.

I decided to put the tray on top of the TV console. Finally, my Netflix DVDs have a designated home!

Navy Stenciled Tray

Navy Stenciled Tray

Happy crafting! -Olivia

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