Robin’s Egg Blue Vintage Tray

Hi there! I hope you’re having a wonderful week-end. I have a quick makeover to share today. A couple of week’s ago, I thrifted an vintage tray. Old and worn out, I knew it could be renewed with a little bit of paint and a stencil. Proving once again, how a just a little bit of effort and some paint can revolutionize your home decor.

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Robin's Egg Blue Vintage Tray adirondackgirlatheart.comSo here’s a sneak peak of it in all of it’s robin’s egg blue glory, with some distressing for good measure.

Vintage Ugly Tray (1200x800)And here you see it in its less than glorious state–such a lovely shade of orange, right? I would say it dates to about the 70’s or 80’s.

Chalk painted vintage tray (1200x836)Under the bright florescent lights in my workroom you don’t see the vibrancy of the blue. But this is after one coat of Waverly “Agave” chalk paint and some light distressing with a sanding sponge, but before waxing. For your shopping convenience, I’ve provided links to some of the products I used (or similar ones where mine aren’t available), via Amazon.

Stencil on Chalk Painted Tray (1200x1038Next I stenciled a simple design right in the center of the piece.

Portion of Chalk Painted Tray (1200x800)Then applied a coat of wax, which gives the surface a light, natural sheen and deepens the color of the wood under the paint.

robin's egg Blue Vintage Tray (3) (1200x679)If you plan on using a chalk painted tray to serve drinks, then I recommend applying 3-4 coats of wax (allow it to cure (harden up) for a couple of weeks before using) or apply a few coats of polyurethane. Be sure to wipe the tray well after using to prevent white spots from developing due to moisture.

Chalk Painted Tray (1200x800) Or protect your handiwork from moisture/food damage by hanging it as a piece of wall art.

Side view of Chalk Painted Vintage Tray with corner cupboard (1200x730)Mine’s currently hanging in the kitchen near my corner cupboard, which currently has an egg wreath hanging on it. Spring is definitely in the air!

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Robin's Egg Blue Vintage Tray


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  1. What a gorgeous shade of aqua! Make me want to go out and find a wood tray to paint.
    Have a wonderful week, Diana.

  2. Love the color on that tray! I’m going to have to get to the thrift shops to see if I can find a similar one!

  3. One of my favorite colors. I like it hanging on the wall. I tried Waverly chalk paint for the first time this past week. I was pleased with the way it covered and spread.

  4. Double darling tray . I’m not a big blue fan but I might be a convert. I love the look of the chalk paint. Very vintage !! Have a peaceful week

    1. OMGosh–you’re absolutely right. My mother had that pattern. My tray would compliment it nicely. Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment, Maryjo 🙂

  5. Great tray Diana and looks so good with the stencil and soft color. Great job of getting a natural time-worn look with the distressing.

    1. Hi Audrey! I’m glad you like the tray. It kind of makes me think of that awesome chandelier you upcycled not so long ago. Thanks for stopping in 🙂

  6. What a great color and the stencil is perfect. How do you get such a fine edge? 🙂

    1. Glad you like the color, Jill. With stenciling,it’s important that you use a very dry brush (or dry makeup sponge, which is what I use). Touch the flat part of your brush/sponge perpendicularly into the paint, then on a clean surface, tap, tap, tap it off about 5 or 6 times, depending upon how much paint you start out with. It’s always better to start with too little paint rather than too much. I also tape my stencils down and hold tricky spots down with my finger as I pounce. You can also buy a special stencil adhesive that you can spray on the back of your stencil and it sticks to your surface and helps prevent paint leakage under the stencil. Hope that helps Jill!

      1. OMGosh, Becky, I just visited your blog and I love it!! How have I never seen your vintage blog before? I looked all over for a way to comment, but couldn’t find it. Have you deactivated your comments? Anyway, I’d love it if you came back tomorrow and linked up with our Vintage Charm link party. (Your children’s sewing machine collection is amazing!)

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