DIY Stencil Tray – Before & After

8 Materials
2 Hours

Repurposing items from thrift stores is a great way to treasure discarded pieces and turn them into trendy and useful pieces! Adding a little paint and a DIY stencil, you can transform a thrift store wooden tray into a beautiful farmhouse inspired focal piece!

I scored this wood and tile tray from my local Habitat for Humanity store for $4. As adorable as the tile design was, I knew immediately I was going to paint it with a stencil…and that’s exactly what I did!


Here is the before…Truth be told, I felt a little guilty tearing up these cute tiles, lol.

diy stencil tray before after

Lets Make It Together!

I began by chiseling up the tiles with a hammer, paint scraper and flat tip screwdriver.

diy stencil tray before after

I also purchased 4 square ceramic tiles at my Habitat Restore for $2 and I painted them using  Rust-Oleum primer paint. I actually loved the white color of the primer, so I left that as the base color!

diy stencil tray before after

While that dried, I got busy creating my stencil on my  Silhouette Cameo. I cut the design on  sticky shelf liner, my favorite way to make stencils and then weeded it with a  sewing seam ripper. Silhouette actually carries a whole line of  products for vinyl transfer tools but I personally love my seam ripper and other tricks I’ve learned along the way! *You can find more of my  Silhouette Cameo tutorials here.

diy stencil tray before after

I then transferred it using  clear sticky shelf liner, also another favorite, and used an old gift card to make sure it was adhered properly.

diy stencil tray before after

Once the stencil was adhered, I removed the clear transfer and got busy painting using my favorite chalk paint,  Dixie Belle in Bunker Hill Blue.

diy stencil tray before after

Once I was done painting, I let it dry for about 15 minutes and then I removed the sticky stencil and wa-la!

I absolutely love how it turned out!!! It’s so pretty!

diy stencil tray before after
diy stencil tray before after
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2 questions
  • Betsi
    on Apr 21, 2019

    Why didn't you just prime and paint the existing tile?

    • Gathered In The Kitchen
      on Apr 22, 2019

      I certainly could have and it would have been easier - but I didn’t. No specific reason :-) ... I guess I just like extra work!

  • Paulette Hodge
    on Apr 28, 2019

    Why didn’t you just paint the tiles that were already in the tray,... Instead of digging them out and getting new ones which you painted anyway?

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  • Ruth McAlpin
    on Apr 29, 2019

    Every cute. I didn’t realize you could paint the tiles .. duh ... I have used broken piece of tiles to mosaic birdhouses. I would share but I sold them all through a disability art class .

  • Maureen
    on May 4, 2019

    Very cute idea. The tray looks awesome.

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