Tray Chic
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Tray Chic

I love trays and you can never have enough of them! I use trays for entertaining, on my bath counter, on my bedside table or even at my desk to eat a salad for lunch. Having a beautiful tray adds elegance to any space and this one inspired by a European Rococo style also would make a great gift. What about serving Mom breakfast in bed on Mother's Day or taking her the tray with some beautiful flowers? Everyone loves items that are made, as the value is even more than a store bought item. Designed by Susie Coelho
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
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Material List

  • Krylon Interior/Exterior Flat White
  • Krylon Interior/Exterior Blue Ocean Breeze
  • Krylon Gold Metallic
  • Krylon Leafing Pen - 18Kt Gold
  • Unfinished Wooden Tray
  • Scroll Stencils
  • Permanent Black Marker
  • Leftover Newspaper/Recycled Paper

Project Instructions

Step: 1

Spray entire wooden tray with Krylon Interior/Exterior Flat White (51502) to prime the surface. This will give a good base and even out any imperfections in the wood so that the rest of the colors will be more true to color. Also, it keeps the wood from absorbing all the color.

Step: 2

Spray entire base/flat part of the tray lightly with Krylon Interior/Exterior Blue Ocean Breeze (51512). Keep layers thin and let dry thoroughly. Then re-spray lightly, letting it dry in between coats. Continue this process until you feel you have an evenly coated base. Note: Since you are spraying a flat surface, you have to spray lightly and keep the can moving as you do not want to spray too much in one spot. Let dry completely.

Step: 3

Before spraying the sides of the tray, cover the base by cutting a piece of newspaper, recycled paper or construction paper the size of the base of the tray. Tape off the four edges with blue painter’s tape so that it is flush with each side. You are trying to create a clean line between the blue and the gold you will be spraying on the sides.

Step: 4

Spray the entire rim of the tray, inside and out, with Krylon Gold Metallic (1706). Let dry completely.

Step: 5

Use the scroll stencil and lightly trace out the design with a pencil. Remove the stencil and fill in with Krylon 18kt Gold Leafing Pen (9901) which will create the design on the flat part of the dray.

Step: 6

To add more dimension to the gold, you can create a shadow by tracing a thin line, along the bottom edge of each shape using a black permanent marker.


If you can find a “memory tray” which comes with a plexi glass top that goes over the flat surface this is perfect as the clear top will look great over your design and creates a glossy, glass-like effect and protects your design