Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Paint a Tray for Outdoor Entertaining

Summer is all about living outdoors - enjoying the fresh air, flowers & sunshine! We eat just about every meal outside this time of year ... and the kids love it! Serving trays are essential to making this easy - whether you're entertaining or enjoying a quiet backyard moment alone.
Consider creating a one-of-a-kind serving tray with a little paint! Restore an old tray or pick up a nice unfinished wood one and give it life, like this one I did a number of years ago:
For this look, I primed, then painted 2 coats of white gloss. Simple painter's masking tape will allow you to whip out some neutral stripes. Add your unique touch with some alphabet stencils - "Faith, Hope & Love." Then, you MUST finish with a sealer, so you won't damage your art with condensation & drink spills.
(PS: the "Living Water" etched glasses & carafe in the top photo are something I designed for DaySpring and can be seen here if you're interested in a better look.) :-)

15 comments:

MaRiN said...

turned out beautiful! i recently bought a tray but have yet to paint it.

Debbie said...

You are so creative Jeanne. I love the tray. I even have a white tray. Wow; this would certainly make it unique. Thank you for a great idea!

Molly said...

I love the effect with the stripes. And there is something that says "sun and summertime" to me with a little carafe of ice water.

Runner Mom said...

Just lovely! Thanks for such a cute idea!!

Hugs,
Susan

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Such a pretty tray, and the carafe and glass set is lovely. laurie

Mandi Arrington said...

absoulutly love this idea! It makes me want to get my patio set up even faster

The Nester said...

This is Lovely!

Adding it to the Nest Files!

Livin' the Yeh Life! said...

beautiful... do you ever run out of wonderful ideas?!?!?

Kristi said...

They would make incredible gifts! Thanks for the inspiration. Blessings to you!

Carrie said...

I love it! But what kind of sealer would you buy for that? The spray acrylic sealer?

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

Carrie,
Yes, I used the acrylic spray sealer. Multiple coats. If you're really a heavy user and concerned about spills, I encourage you to take the time to brush on an acrylic latex.
Jeanne

Christina said...

Wow, love this idea! Love the stripes too.

Marie said...

Hello Jeanne - love that tray! So fabulous. Thank you for sharing!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Joye @ The Joyeful Journey said...

That tray is beautiful! I love the stripes!

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