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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So here’s a sneak peak of it in all of it’s robin’s egg blue glory, with some distressing for good measure.
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.
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.
Next I stenciled a simple design right in the center of the piece.
Then applied a coat of wax, which gives the surface a light, natural sheen and deepens the color of the wood under the paint.
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.
Or protect your handiwork from moisture/food damage by hanging it as a piece of wall art.
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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Such a lovely tray! Have a great weekend!
What a gorgeous shade of aqua! Make me want to go out and find a wood tray to paint.
Have a wonderful week, Diana.
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!
That was supposed to be similar!
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.
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
A nice improvement and lovely color!
Great color – love the make over.
Absolutely love that color~looks great! xo Kathleen
That tray is looking good. Love the color.
Love that colour! The tray looks so much better!
Thanks Tuula; it is a pretty shade, isn’t it?
One of my favorite colors too–looks great Diana!
Thanks so much Cecilia 🙂
love this! it actually has a nostalgic feel similar to the old corningware. great job! xo- maryjo
OMGosh–you’re absolutely right. My mother had that pattern. My tray would compliment it nicely. Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment, Maryjo 🙂
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.
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 🙂
What a great color and the stencil is perfect. How do you get such a fine edge? 🙂
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!
Such a great color and update. Thanks for linking up to The Talk of the Town party!
Glad you liked it, Becky–thanks so much for hosting 🙂
Love the color and the stencil is wonderful! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
I’m glad you like it Jann 🙂 Thanks so much for the party!
You took that tray from blah to beautiful!
We appreciate that you share each week at SYC.
I’m so glad you think so, Carol 🙂 Thanks for hosting!
What a wonderful makeover!
Thanks so much, BeckyKay!
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!)
This turned out so nice, Diana! I love that color!
Thanks so much, Dagmar 🙂