How to Stencil a Tray

Dress up a wooden tray with a painted stencil design, creating a one-of-a-kind accessory.

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Stenciled Tray With Candles

Materials Needed:

  • wooden tray
  • stencil
  • paint in two complementary colors
  • sanding pads, medium and extra-fine grit
  • ruler
  • painter's tape
  • tack cloth
  • paintbrush
  • small artist brush
  • polyurethane

Gather Materials

Select tray, stencil design, paint colors and additional materials. Tip: Consider using a stencil featuring a single damask motif or other pattern to center on tray surface.

Sand Tray

Remove protective finish from tray surface, using medium-grit sanding pad, to allow new paint to adhere. Tip: Begin with unpainted tray to eliminate this step.

Prime Tray

Apply primer to all surfaces of tray with brush. Let dry two hours.

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