Monogram Tray

Update a thrifty find with Chalky Finish paint for an entire new look!

Give a tired tray a fresh update with Chalky Finish paint in trendy colors and a pretty monogram!This month DecoArt challenged their bloggers to a transform a yard sale find using their Chalky Finish paint. I don’t make it to many yard sales, but I am all over thrift stores, antique stores, and especially avid on going to barn sales. So, as you can imagine, I have more than one item waiting in line to get a fresh makeover or update!

For this project I had set my sights on a beautiful tray I found at a barn sale that had great lines and was larger than most trays you find, but I wasn’t a fan of the paint job it had been given. But you can always cover paint with paint, right? It was the perfect project for this challenge. And I am absolutely loving how this monogram tray turned out!

Give a tired tray a fresh update with Chalky Finish paint in trendy colors and a pretty monogram!This is the tray “before.” It’s a cream color with a bit of an attempt at a shabby chic finish. It’s pretty enough as is but not my style.

But don’t you just love the size and style? Definitely not something you see everyday. You can see why I was drawn to it.

Give a tired tray a fresh update with Chalky Finish paint in trendy colors and a pretty monogram!I stocked up on Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Cherish, Honor, Rejuvenate, and Artifact. I also chose the Clear Creme Wax to add a protective layer.

I ended up not using the Rejuvenate, as you’ll see.

Give a tired tray a fresh update with Chalky Finish paint in trendy colors and a pretty monogram!
I wiped the tray down really well, but did not sand or do any other preparation. I applied 3 coats of the Chalky Finish in Honor to a majority of the tray. The paint dries quickly so applied extra caots goes pretty quickly. For an accent, I ran a line of the Cherish along the sides of the tray, also 3 coats.

Give a tired tray a fresh update with Chalky Finish paint in trendy colors and a pretty monogram!I found a font I liked (Master of Break) and printed it out in the size I wanted for the tray. To transfer the letter to tray I used tracing paper.

Place the tracing paper chalk-side-down on the tray. Center the monogram over the tracing paper. Trace the outline of the letter.

Give a tired tray a fresh update with Chalky Finish paint in trendy colors and a pretty monogram!I used Cherish to paint inside the lines of the monogram, 3 coats. Any chalk left showing after the paint was dry I simply wiped away.

Give a tired tray a fresh update with Chalky Finish paint in trendy colors and a pretty monogram!To add one last accent to the monogram I painted a circle around it. I did this by using the inside hoop of an embroidery hoop. I taped it in place on the tray and simply traced along the outside edge of the hoop. I skipped over the placed where the monogram was outside of the hoop.

Give a tired tray a fresh update with Chalky Finish paint in trendy colors and a pretty monogram!You can see the soft matte finish that the Chalky Finish gave the tray.

Give a tired tray a fresh update with Chalky Finish paint in trendy colors and a pretty monogram!
To protect the paint I applied a coat of the Clear Cream Wax which gave the tray a slight shine.

Give a tired tray a fresh update with Chalky Finish paint in trendy colors and a pretty monogram!The Cherish (coral) was a step outside of my comfort zone because it is so bright, but I absolutely love how it all turned out! And I love that I can use it as a serving tray, on a table to hold decor, or even prop it up on the mantel as home decor!

 
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Comments

  1. says

    I love what you did with this tray. I am like you in that I don’t go to yard sales but I love a thrift store! I love the color of this paint.

  2. says

    This such a lovely piece, Michele. I’m obsessed with trays and have been looking for one to display in my formal living room. I may just have to try this DIY to complete the space. Thank you for sharing this with us on #shinebloghop

  3. says

    I really love the look of the tray before, but you’ve given it such personality! It came out great!

    Kate | TheOrganizedDream.com

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