I had a palm to the forehead moment last week when I was looking at all of the scrap wood left over from my projects in the garage. For some reason, the way the wood and boards of various sizes were laying up against the garage wall, they all looked like oversized trays to me. I was thinking; is it really as simple as painting or covering a board with wallpaper and adding cabinet hardware? I couldn’t make the tray fast enough just to see and the answer is yes, it’s really that simple.
This is one of those projects that there are tons of endless possibilities (paint, wallpaper, stripes, patterns, etc..) and any size or shape could work. I really wanted an elegant oversized tray for entertaining and for my dining room table, so I decided to cover this tray with wallpaper and distress the wallpaper to look like painted wood. Here is the tray on my dining room table with flowers that I shared on Tuesday:
There are so many possibilities and any kind of wood in any size or shape could work. Also, for today’s project, I’m going to share how I covered the wood in wallpaper and distressed it to look like painted wood. However, these trays would be beautiful simply painted in a solid color and could even be spray painted.
So I began this project by using a piece of white pine board (1 x 12″) that had already been primed. The length of it is 42 “:
For covering with wallpaper, the board needs to be primed on one side so the wallpaper paste doesn’t absorb into the wood. The wallpaper that I used was not pre-pasted, so I brushed on a generous layer of wallpaper paste on the top of the board and the sides:
I then covered the board with wallpaper and pulled it down over all sides and cut. I made sure to leave an extra 2 inches, so that the paper would fold up and under the board:
Next, I used a wallpaper spreader/smoother tool to make sure that the wallpaper was as smooth as possible:
I didn’t want a folded corner, so I cut the corners like this, so I would not have thick paper in the corners:
I then let the wallpaper completely dry overnight and then I did a strie paint treatment the next morning over the wallpaper. A strie treatment is where you dip a brush in paint and hold the brush flat and drag (I prefer a wide foam brush). I did this so it would look more like a painted tray instead of wallpaper. The paint over the top takes the edge off of the paper look as well.
I used the color Minimalist (white) in Velvet Finishes:
After it dried, this is what the board looks like:
Lastly, I added cabinet pulls/hardware to the ends of the board:
The wallpaper and tray can be sealed with a matte satin polyurethane for use with food or drinks.
I can’t wait to make another one but my next one I’m going to spray paint in a high gloss fun color. I also want to do a large square one as well out of MDF. So many possibilities and I’m thinking that this will be what I’ll do for family Christmas presents this year. Would be so fun to monogram or paint a fun pattern.
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