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DIY Gingham Painted Tray
Turn a basic yard sale find Into a classic cottage serving piece.
It’s yard sale season! If you find yourself bringing home an abundance of basic accents and accessories, now’s the perfect time to brush up on your painting skills. We have the perfect DIY project for you! Jill Rinner and Chantelle Deimling know a thing or two about reviving old finds using paint. Their paint line,... Keep Scrolling
Written by Jickie Torres
Project by Jill Rinner
Photography courtesy by Bungalow 47


It’s yard sale season! If you find yourself bringing home an abundance of basic accents and accessories, now’s the perfect time to brush up on your painting skills. We have the perfect DIY project for you! Jill Rinner and Chantelle Deimling know a thing or two about reviving old finds using paint. Their paint line, Bungalow 47, named after the Michigan shop they own and operate online, is designed for fuss-free application. This DIY gingham painted tray uses a two-tone paint palette and simple taping to produce a classic cottage plaid tray.

What You’ll Need:

Basic tray or wood board cut to size
Bungalow 47™ Furniture Paint in Farmhouse Sink and Nautical Stripe
Painter’s tape
Measuring tape
Pencil
Two metal handles
Paper towels

What You’ll Do:

1. Paint on a base coat of Farmhouse Sink. Let it dry.

2. Mark the center of your board at both ends. This will establish the center of the plaid design, so you end up with equal distances on either side.

Hands holding painters tape over a white surface.

3. Tear a piece of tape long enough to cover your length, and wrap the edges because you’ll be painting the pattern down the sides as well. Fold the tape in half lengthwise, adhesive on the outside. This is going to help you center your pattern, and you will repeat this for the other direction.

Hands placing painters tape in the center of a white tray.

4. Place your first piece of tape along the center tape guide, the folded side against the center markings. Unfold the tape and press down. The center of the tape should line up perfectly with your marked center line.

5. Begin putting your next tape pieces on either side of your guide; then pull away your guide and place it on the opposite side of your tape.

6. Continue placing your tape lines using the first piece of tape as your guide until you have gone down the entire board. The white space left is where you will dry brush on your accent color.

Hand painting light blue in between pre-taped strips of tape.

7. To dry brush, thin the Nautical Stripe paint with a little bit of water and keep your brush sparse and dry. Dab some paint onto your brush; then blot off the paint onto a barely damp paper towel. Brush lightly into the white areas. Let them dry.

8. Repeat steps 4 through 7, placing stripes perpendicular to your first set. Dry brush the remaining open areas with more paint. Let them dry completely; then carefully pull off the tape.

Hands painting into a gingham pattern with freshly placed tape in the opposite direction.

9. Measure and drill holes to affix your handles.

Finished tray with a blue gingham pattern and affixed silver handle to make it into a serving tray.

VOILA! Now, lay some lovely belongings on this tray that bring you joy and place it somewhere you get to see it throughout your day. Or invite a friend over and serve up some tea on it. Happy crafting!

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