Hello lovelies! It’s the first day of September, and I know I should have fall on the brain, but since it’s still in the 90’s here at the moment, I’m sneaking in another project with a summer vibe! I hope that’s okay with you. I’m sharing how I updated a tray with silkscreen stencils!
Have you ever used a silkscreen stencil before??
I love them because they yield super crisp results and are SO easy to use! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
My subject for today is this tray that I picked up at the thrift store for $6:
It was super chunky and reminds me of one I bought at Target years ago that I no longer have.
However, it was filthy!
A good cleaning was definitely needed first.
Once it was clean, I gave it two coats of Farmhouse Green:
I told y’all I was still feeling summer!
Then I decided on the Botanical silkscreen stencil from Dixie Belle’s Belles and Whistles line:
What are silkscreen stencils?
- They are adhesive and can be used up to 10 times (I’ve pushed that!)
- They have a tiny mesh screen where the cut outs are
- They yield super crisp lines
- Very user-friendly
Because there is a tiny mesh screen in between the pattern which holds it together, you don’t have the weird breaks you see in traditional stencils that are normally holding those together.
But also, that means you will need to push the paint through the mesh screen.
Applying the paint is super easy to do using the enclosed tool.
I like acrylic craft paint for this as it has a longer dry time and washes off easily. I like to pour some onto a paper plate.
You just pick up a little paint with the included spatula tool and spread it across the surface:
Then use a clean edge and go across the surface a couple more times to remove any excess paint. You can also use this silicone thing-a-majig tool if you plan to do a lot of stenciling.
Then, just pull the stencil off!
I isolated the leaves I wanted to use using Frogtape and then continued adding flora in a random pattern. You could use the pattern as-is also. Each edge matches the opposite edge, so you can create one larger continuous pattern by matching the edges if you like.
No need to rinse in between uses!
You can keep rescuing the same stencil over and over…about five or six times and then you may want to give it a rinse. Blot it dry with paper towel on both sides and you can get right back to it. Your surface will still be tacky!
Then, I used Frogtape to add a striped border all the way around the top edge. I pulled the tape off as soon as I applied the second coat:
You can also see that I went back with my stylus and added dots in between the pattern as well.
I sanded lightly all over with 220 grit sandpaper.
Glaze to Seal
I decided on Whitewash Glaze to seal this piece. Glaze adds effect, but it also acts as a sealer.
I brushed it on and then wiped it off with a soft, clean cloth:
I just wanted a bit of a softer look, and this accomplished that.
Here is how this dirty old tray looks now!
So fresh and so clean clean!
The stripe detail adds a touch of whimsy…
An overhead view shows off the pretty stenciled bottom:
This was a fun one to play with. I can imagine it in a sunroom or on a covered porch, maybe?
You can see all the stencils I have in my shop HERE! There are 10 silkscreen designs to choose from!
This table and this dresser are two of my favorite silkscreen stencil projects!
That’s one more done!
I’ll be back on Tuesday with the tea kettle:
Have an amazing weekend, dear friends!
UPDATE: You won’t want to miss this fantastic makeover!! See it HERE now!
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