A little paint can completely transform any project. Today I’m taking a basic wood tray and giving it a modern farmhouse makeover.
I recently discovered that select Dollar General stores now carry home decor! I ran to my closest store and picked up a few items. One of which was a basic wood tray that was begging for new life.
With a little paint and leftover stencil from our patio project, my daughter and I transformed this wood tray into a cute modern farmhouse tray that now sits in our covered patio.
DIY Painted Farmhouse Wooden Tray
- wood tray
- hot glue
- DecoArt Suede in Khaki
- Acrylic Paints – Wrought Iron & Mossy Meadow
- paint brushes – stencil brush, small craft brush, larger paint brush
Painted Tray Directions
Make sure your tray is clean. If you’re using an old one, thorough wipe down with a damp paper towel.
Paint the frame of your farmhouse tray with your larger paint brush. I used the color Wrought Iron on the outside. I only used one coat here, but you may want 2 coats depending on the type and color of paint you use.
Paint the inside of your tray. I chose DecoArt Suede for a little texture in the color Khaki. I only chose this color because it’s what I had on hand from the boho string wall art. Honestly it matched the farmhouse tray’s original color already and I would have preferred a white.
I used a foam brush to paint on this step.
Once your paint is dry, cut your stencil down to fit the bottom of your wood tray. You can use a light coat of spray adhesive to keep the stencil from moving or some painter’s tape.
Dip your stencil brush into some paint and dab off any excess on a paper towel. Now you can start dabbing at your stencil. You don’t want too much paint on your brush or else your stencil pattern won’t come out crisp.
As soon as you’ve completed the stencil portion of your farmhouse tray, remove the stencil so that it doesn’t stick.
Once all your paint is dry, take a long strand of jute and hot glue a piece to the handle to secure it. Now you can start wrapping it tightly around the handle.
Hot glue the end of the jute to secure. Snip off any extra.
If needed, take a small craft paint brush and touch up any areas. Some of our green paint from the stencil got on the wrought iron color, but it was a simple fix.
Now you get to style your painted farmhouse tray! I used a simple white candle, small planter and magnolia stem that I found at DG.
This is such an easy craft that can be done in an hour or two!