Thrift Store Wooden Leaf Tray Upcycled As Fun & Colorful Fall Decor

September 18, 2021

Photo of a leaf shaped tray from Goodwill.
This wooden tray was a Goodwill find from the Twin Cities area.

It had some water stains and some wear and tear.  I decided to give it a fall makeover.

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Photo of leaf shaped tray painted in Colonel Mustard.
I thought my leaf should be painted a fall color, and my first choice was Dixie Belle Rusty Nail, but I changed my mind and brushed on several coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Colonel Mustard.

I won't kid you, at first, I wondered if I had done the right thing.  It was really bright. 

Photo of Dixie Dirt being brushed on a mustard tray.
I purchased a jar of Dixie Belle Dixie Dirt in Ash,  I have never used this product, but lucky for me, there are a variety of videos online with instructions and pointers.  I thought I might like the tray better if the color was toned down a bit.

A few of the videos suggested a coat of clear wax (paste or spray) before adding the Dixie Dirt with a brush. I tried this method, using a brush dipped into the powder, tapped off and brushed on. Yikes! I wasn't really liking this look either.

But when I applied more clear wax with a rag over the tray to remove some of the Dixie Dirt, I liked it.

Next time I use the Dixie Dirt, I may apply a coat of Dixie Belle Clear Coat before the waxes like Brandy did HERE.

Photo of a mustard painted wood tray with antiquing.
Here is my leaf tray after wiping off some of the Dixie Dirt but leaving it along the edges and in the grooves.

Photo of a mustard painted tray with vintage and fall decor accessories.
Dixie Belle Colonel Mustard is a perfect paint color to pair with sunflowers and sunflower decor.

Photo of a mustard painted tray with vintage and fall decor accessories.
If you are not ready for orange and pumpkins yet, sunflowers and Colonel Mustard to the rescue!

Instructions for my coffee pot project can be found HERE.

Photo of a mustard painted tray with vintage and fall decor accessories.
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Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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