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September 18, 2017

Tray Transformation with Autumn Style

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely LIVE for Autumn/Fall- it’s my favorite season and I quite literally look forward to it all year long. And while some autumn-lovers are all about pumpkin spice, I’m all about PLAID.

From a crafting/DIYing perspective, I’ve really gotten into stenciling this year. One of my favorite bloggers creates her own stencils and developed this Buffalo Check one, so I was bound and determined to find something from a Goodwill thrift store that I could use it on. Enter these wooden cafeteria-style trays! 

Aren’t those an unusual find…and the perfect blank canvas for some “plaidification”! Before I could start stenciling, though, I sanded them down in order to apply a new darker wood stain. Certainly an optional step, but I wanted something a little more weathered and vintage looking.

Once my wood stain had dried, I gathered up my stenciling supplies, including the Funky Junk stencil, specialty brushes, and craft paints.

And then I started stenciling! I positioned the stencil in the center of the tray, using painter’s tape to hold it in place while I stippled the paint carefully on top of the stencil.

When all was said and done, I had a rustic-looking tray with a touch of plaid. Doesn’t it look great?

The great thing about trays like this is that you can use them as actual trays to hold or carry things, OR it can be purely decorative- lean them against the wall on a mantel or book case, etc.

Craft on!


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