Stenciling a Tray {Monogram}

Sunday / 11 comments
I'm still working on E's new bedroom.  This weekend I made her a little painted tray to hold the treasures on her dresser.

I bought the tray at the Thrift store for $2.  The inside had already been painted but then I guess the person lost interest and never finished.  I can relate to that!

I cleaned the tray and painted it with one coat of Zinsser 123 Primer.  I didn't sand.  I prime almost everything I paint.  It seems like an annoying step but is totally necessary if you want your project to turn out well.  Priming allows the paint to go on smoothly and use less paint.  Plus when you buy something from the thrift store you have no idea where it's been and primer is also a sealer and stain blocker.

 I let the primer dry and then painted on 2 coats of Antique Coral from Valspar. 

After letting the paint cure for a few days I used my silhouette machine to cut out a monogram and little design using vinyl. 

 Then I used Martha Stewart's Thundercloud metallic to paint the stencil. 

 After letting the silver dry I peeled off the vinyl. 

 Cute!  Love the metallic paint. 

 I'd like to say that the tray is still sitting cute on E's dresser holding her treasures but it's not!  She left it alone for like 5 minutes and has been using the tray to carry stuff all around the house! 

 Probably next week she'll be bored with it and we can put it back on the dresser. 

The little boxes are just painted cardboard boxes from Michael's.  The boxes are where the My Little Ponies live.  The little nesting dolls E got as a souvenir from Estonia after her Dad visited there. 

The whole project only cost the $2 that I paid for the tray since I already had the paint!


  1. It looks beautiful Brooke! I love adding a touch of monogram in a space. I've been wanting to get a silhouette machine for so long - I just love the things you can create with it! Jenna

  2. This looks gorgeous! Those silhoutte machines are amazing.

  3. Love the tray project! You did a great job!

    The Curtain Lady

  4. I love the tray project!
    Good job!

  5. I love the colors! I'm still learning how to use my Silhouette so I love seeing projects like this. Your daughter sounds like mine! She has to touch everything!

  6. So cute - I have got to get a Silhouette! That coral is a fabulous paint color too! I'd love it if you'd share this at my Show & Tell party, going on now @ the Delectable Home.

  7. This is so cute. I did a tray for above the cabinets in my kitchen. But, now I'm thinking my niece might need one!

  8. Such a great job on the tray! Love it!

  9. Haha, I love that - it's just how my kids are. Interested in something new for about a week! At least they're predictable!

    Very cute project! Love the shade of pink.

  10. Love the tray!! I would love it if you would link up at my party going on now! (It's my first one!!!)

    Jill :)


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