Rustic Look for Thrift Store Tray

4 Materials
When I spotted a couple of bags of wood vase filler at the thrift store, I knew I needed to add them to my DIY stash of “raw” materials. Sure enough, I thought they would be great to use in the transformation of a very 90’s folk art tray.

- Wood tray (found at thrift store)

- Wood vase filler

- Primer spray paint

- Oil rubbed bronze spray paint

- Silver craft paint

- 1” or wider bristle paint brush (not a foam one)

- Paper towel

- Sand paper (optional)

- Mod Podge
- Be sure the tray is free of dust, dirt, and grease.

- Spray the inside and outside of the tray with primer. Let dry—sand any rough spots. Spray again if needed to cover the design.
- Spray inside and outside of tray with oil rubbed bronze. Repeat if necessary.

- Dip the brush into the silver craft paint, brush off excess onto paper towel and dry brush paint very lightly onto tray.
- Spread a small amount of Mod Podge into a small area on the bottom of the tray. Place wood vase filler pieces into place. This is slow going, tedious work! Plan on binge watching your favorite "Fuller House" episodes!
- When the bottom is completely covered, add a coating of Mod Podge over the entire area. Let dry and enjoy your new rustic, industrial look tray.
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  • Mary Mary on Mar 28, 2016
    Where can I get the wood slices

  • Jsm5179467 Jsm5179467 on Apr 11, 2016
    Why are the twig slices called vase filler? I never heard of it??....

  • Barbara Barbara on Feb 24, 2018
    Beautiful displa, but where did you get the cute rain deer votives?

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