Update a thrifty find with Chalky Finish paint for an entire new look!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Place the tracing paper chalk-side-down on the tray. Center the monogram over the tracing paper. Trace the outline of the letter.
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.
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!