Adding simple touches to decor for fall is a great way to welcome in the season. This farmhouse fall wood tray is a pretty way to dress up a coffee table.
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Farmhouse Fall Wood Tray
Supplies Used for Farmhouse Tray
- Unfinished wood tray from thrift store
- TSP cleaner
- White, tan, and gray chalk paint and brushes
- Paint sponge
- Spray polycrylic
- Pillar candle
- Small candles
- White pumpkins
- Decorative vase filler balls
- Metal leaf from Dollar Tree Jar
I found this sad looking round wood tray at my local Goodwill a few weeks ago. It was priced at .99, so it came home with me. I cleaned it using TSP to remove the grime.
I decided that I would make this for Gloria’s farmhouse styled home. We have used the same painting technique on a few other projects for her. This “Build this Love” Wall Art was the first one we tried it on.
Steps for painting the tray
- Add a coat of white chalk paint
- Allow it to dry
- Add a second coat of white chalk paint
- Add a coat of tan chalk paint
- Allow it to get partially dry
- Add thick stripes of gray paint
- Use a paint sponge to blend the gray with the tan paint
- Use a lint free cloth to wipe away the excess paint
You want to wipe away the excess paint enough so that the undertones of tan and white show.
- Once the piece is completely dry, spray with Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish
- Allow it to dry completely
To decorate the tray, I found two wood leaves in my craft stash. I painted them with one coat of white chalk paint and followed that with a light coat of the tan paint.
Layering the elements for the tray adds interest to it. I started by placing the leaves on it. I didn’t glue anything down because I wante the it to be used and decorated for any season with different pieces.
The metal leaf on the pillar candle is from a small candle jar that I bought at Dollar Tree. It was attached to the jar with twine. I cut it off, added my own twine to fit the candle and then clipped the leaf to the twine. I added a couple of small LED candles to the leaves. Dollar Tree pumpkins and spheres complete the look.
I love finding simple ways to give thrift store finds makeovers that are not only budget friendly, but look great, too!
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Paint a Thrift Store Tray for a Fall Farmhouse Decor Piece
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