I love decorating our house with trays but it is hard to find a tray that fits our farmhouse style. Farmhouse rustic style is definitely trending lately, so I figured I would make my own tray. I went to my local thrift store and found an old, standard wood tray to use, no need to go buy a new tray.
Sand paper, grit 60 and grit 120
Chalk paint additive
Dark walnut stain
Spray clear sealant
Step 1. Take off any embellishments and decorative paper using a putty knife or a butter knife
Step 2. Sand off the paint down to the natural wood using the sander and grit 60 sandpaper
Step 3. After all the paint has been taken off, go over the whole tray with your sander and grit 120 sand paper to smooth down the tray
Step 4. Use a damp rag to wipe down any dust and sawdust
Step 5. Open up the dark walnut stain. Make sure you mix it well since the color will settle at the bottom. Using your old rag, dip it lightly into the dark walnut stain and rub it onto the outside of the tray, following the grain of the wood. Allow to dry
Step 6. I love cream white with my dark walnut stain. However, I did not have any on hand, so I made my own by adding a few drops of dark walnut stain to my white paint. I also added some chalk paint additive, so I didn’t have to prime my tray.
Paint the inside of the tray with the cream chalk paint. Allow to dry
Step 7. Spray with clear sealant, allow to dry. Now it is ready to use for decoration around your house