DIY Stencil Sign Using Letter Trays As A Canvas
I came across some decorative, woven letter trays on clearance at Target and decided they would be the perfect size and shape for a stenciled sign for our boy's beach themed bathroom. I knew the material and paint would be able to stand up to the high humidity of a bathroom and the red, white, and blue colors would match his bedroom. This would be a super cute idea for a child's name or for an "EAT" sign for the kitchen.
This is what the original letter tray looked like. I paid less than $3 each for them.
I wanted the outside border to have more contrast with my wall color so I used some dark stain. I brushed it on with a foam brush and then wiped off the excess with a paper towel. It's messy so be sure to wear gloves! You could easily skip this step or use paint instead of stain if that's what you prefer.
After the stain had dried, I painted the center off white. As you can see, I left a small unpainted border around the edges.
After the white paint had dried, I painted the border a dark blue to match the bathroom vanity I had just painted. I thought about taping off to have a precisely even blue border, but I ended up just eyeballing it. I wanted the sign to look rustic and hand painted--not perfect.
I found a free stencil printable and adjusted the size (in my printer options) to fit my letter trays.
I had some "oops" spots where the paint had leaked underneath the stencil and one area had a splatter of red paint. I took a small craft brush and touched up these areas.
This was after the touch ups had been completed.
We hung it high on the wall, with a beach themed towel rack below.
For more info including the free ABC stencils see: http://www.thetatteredrabbit.com/diy-painted-surf-sign-using-letter-trays-as-a-canvas/