A Stylish Geometric Stenciled Tray
It all started when I spotted this really awkward looking wood tray while perusing the thrift store. It caught my eye because I loved the octagon shape to it. The dophin was missing a chunk out of it’s nose but I figured I could fix that with a little wood filler. I didn’t have an exact project in mind but hey, it was a really cool octagon tray – I knew I find something to do with it! I purchased it for a $1.
I even giggled a little bit at the register when the cashier was commenting on how beautiful it was. I never know how to respond to comments when I know it will be unrecognizable once I’m done. I usually just say, yeah it’s great isn’t it?
Now here’s how it became trash to treasure.
The first step, which you can see a bit in the before photo, was to fill a few spots where the wood was uneven with wood filler. I mentioned the dolphin missing a bit of his nose. There were also a few cracks in the wood that I filled with a bit of filler. After it dried, I sanded it so it was nice and even and ready for paint.
I painted the inside and rim a nice off white color. It was Valspar paint that we had left over from the two toned nightstand I shared earlier in the week.
At first I wanted to put a monogram on this bad boy. But really, I’ve been kind of monogramming everything lately so I thought I better not. All things in moderation ya know?
So I busted out my awesome stencils from Deco Art and decided on this fun chevron design.
I painted the design on with some gray craft paint. I just did two light coats. I wanted it to look a little worn as if the design was rubbing off a little bit.
I finished the whole thing with a coat of protective wax.
I’m kind of obsessed with it now.
It’s my favorite trash to treasure project so far! What do you think? I’d love to hear what your best trash to treasure project has been. Share with me in the comments!
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