Dress up a wooden tray with a painted stencil design, creating a one-of-a-kind accessory.Janell Beals, Isabella & Max Rooms
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.
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.
Apply primer to all surfaces of tray with brush. Let dry two hours.
Using an extra-fine-grit sanding pad, sand away any rough spots prior to painting. Wipe tray clean with tack cloth.
Apply selected paint color to all surfaces of tray with brush. Let dry four hours.
Sand away any rough areas or brush marks using an extra-fine-grit sanding pad. Wipe tray clean with tack cloth.
Brush on second coat of paint to all surfaces of tray. Let dry four hours.
Position stencil design on tray. Measure placement to ensure design is centered. Secure in place using painter's tape.
Paint design onto tray with stencil brush using a dry brush method to ensure sharp paint lines. This is done by dipping tip of brush into paint and removing excess paint on paper towel.
Dry brush stencil cut outs with paint using a stippling method, which is tapping the brush repeatedly over stencil opening. Press down stencil while stippling to prevent paint seepage.
If using a design that will run up to edges of tray, bend stencil at tray edge and hold in place while stippling.
Use small paint brush to fill in any unpainted sections of stencil design. Let paint dry four hours prior to applying protective finish.
Apply protective finish to entire surface of tray with brush. Let dry two hours.