DIY Stencil Tray – Before & After

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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.

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Lets Make It Together!

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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Why I Love Dixie Belle Paint

  • Beyond easy to use! I mean, literally

  • Creates a flat rich finish that is easily distressed on furniture or crafts

  • No sanding or priming. No VOC’s

  • Creates no brush marks

  • Doesn’t “peel” off wet paint when applying more

  • Requires only one coat

  • Water based so only water is required to wash out your brushes

  • Dries within minutes

  • A little goes a realllly long way!

  • And again…no sanding or priming required!!! Super win for a busy mom!

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!

It looks so pretty on my newly built and renovated back porch!!

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  • DC DC on Feb 28, 2021

    How come you took out the old tile if you painted the tile you put in? Could you have just painted the original tile instead?


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