Yesterday was one of the first days that truly felt like spring around my neck of the woods, it was perfect! 60 degrees with a slight breeze and blue skies. Come back please! Every little hint of sunshine gets me more and more excited for the spring and summer months ahead.
My friends over at DecoArt asked me to put together a spring project and I jumped at the opportunity. I always love working with their paints and I use them very often! I decided to make a Color Blocked Tray For Spring and Summer that can serve as a great jewelry holder or a fun drink station outdoors.
This bold and colorful decorative tray is the perfect way to add a pop of color to a space. Place it in a bedroom and use it as a jewelry holder or use it outside as a serving tray in the summer months. The color blocking gives it a modern look while the touches of gold add a little elegance!
– Wooden Tray (found at Michaels)
– Americana Multi-Purpose Sealer
– Americana Satin Varnish
– Americana Acrylic Paint in Peony Pink, Bright Orange, Light Buttermilk, Splendid Gold and Calypso Blue
– Paint brush
– Blue Artist Tape
Start by mixing a 1:1 ratio of Light Buttermilk paint and Wood Sealer.
Using a foam brush, apply 2 coats of the mixture onto the wooden tray, allowing the paint to dry between each coat.
Once the base paint is dry, create the color-blocking pattern using the blue artist tape. First, tape around the edges of the tray then draw a line straight down the center. Use smaller pieces of tape to create smaller squares to the right and to the left of the piece down the middle. Use a mixture of both small and large squares to create a unique pattern.
Next, paint the taped off squares using the Peony Pink, Splendid Gold, Bright Orange, Calypso Blue. Choose one color to be more dominate (in this case the orange is the dominate color) and then use an equal amount of the remaining colors.
Apply 2-3 coats of paint onto each of the squares.
Allow the paint to dry and then carefully remove the tape.
If you see that some of the paint has bled through the tape, use a fine tip brush and touch up the lines with the Light Buttermilk paint.
Optional, add Splendid Gold paint inside the tray handles as a decorative accent.
Once your design is complete, use a foam brush to apply a layer of Satin Varnish to seal the project.
I can’t wait to server some yummy summer beverages on my tray! Crossing my fingers for more sunshine :)Disclaimer: DecoArt provided the paint for this project. You can view my full disclosure policy here.