TWICE Upcycled Thrift Shop Serving Tray

A 2017 thrift shop tray upcycle project gets another makeover!  The *original post is first, followed by the **newest upcycle.

*I picked up a plain wooden tray at the thrift shop recently. 



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I see signs everywhere with the word GATHER.  Instead of learning how to use my Silhouette stencil maker, I decided to try to make a GATHER stencil with this Kaisercraft lowercase letter stencil I found at the local craft shop.

I cut the letters apart and laid them in my tray.  It looked like my plan might work.

I painted the tray with two coats of Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Relic.

Next, I stenciled on my letters, using the dot from the i for my period.  I used light ivory craft paint for my lettering.  Tiny bits of blue painters tape held down my stencil letters. I sanded or touched up the paint with a very small art paint brush in any areas of stencil bleed.  (Stenciling was new to me here, this method is much trickier than investing in a one piece stencil).

Thrift Shop Tray "Gather" Sign organizedclutter.net
I lightly distressed the tray's edges, and the stenciled lettering with 220 grit sandpaper.  The tray was sealed with Decoart Creme Wax.  

I decided to hang my tray on the wall, so I added a sawtooth to the back.

Now for the **new upcycle.
**I received a jar of Prima Marketing Redesign Chalk Paste in Gravel (along with other paint goodies) from Linda at the Q Is For Quandie blog.

Linda is a primo furniture painter, also from Minnesota!


Linda shared this blue plate project with the new chalk paste product on her blog HERE.


I taped a Redesign 3D Stencil - Giulia Scrolls, (also from Linda) into my tray.  The 3D stencils are thicker than a regular stencil, allowing the chalk paste to create dimension.

I didn't paint the tray prior to applying the chalk paste stencil.  I figured this was my first try, and I might have some bleed under until I got the hang of it.  The chalk paste is designed to work on top of your newly painted surface, and is available in many colors.

This is what the chalk paste stenciling looked like after lifting off the stencil.  You can see a bit of the gather stencil under the scrolls, and there was a little bleed under the stencil.

I sanded with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth the ridges on the chalk paste.  I then brushed the bottom of the tray with Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash.  

Next I painted the whole tray with Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Vintage Duck Egg. 

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I distressed the raised stencil area, along with the edges of the tray.  Both the chalk paste in gravel, and the ash paint are visible after distressing.

I added a couple of stencils from my Deco Art Andy Skinner French Elements Stencil with Fusion Mineral Paint in Champlain.

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I finished the tray project by applying Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax in Clear.  The wax can be applied by rag or by waxing brush.

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I like it as a tray this time!


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