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This is the first of a “SPRAY PAINT IT!” series. To be straightforward with you, I’m not a queen of DIY by any means. Most of the DIY projects I see on Pinterest overwhelm me. I can’t handle the 38 steps and the sewing and the precision and the time and did I mention 38 steps?! Yeah, those kinds of DIY projects are not for me. #fail
That’s why I like spray paint projects, and that’s why I’m creating a weekly DIY spray paint feature… because I know there’s other people out there like me. (Right? RIGHT?!) My DIY posts will be three things:
And to start things off, I have a DIY Striped Tray to share. It was easy, fast, and inexpensive–I only paid for the spray paint and new painter’s tape, which normally I would already have around the house. The tray was given to me from my son’s teacher–can you tell what it used to be? A Melissa & Dog toy tray! His teacher took the puzzles out and stored them in a plastic box with a lid instead, so I willingly took this tray instead of letting it go in the trash!
An old wooden tray. I used a Melissa & Doug toy tray, but you could find something around the house or look in a thrift shop
Multi-surface painter’s tape
Valspar Spray Paint + Primer in La Fonda Orange
Here’s what I did:
- First, I sanded the tray a little bit.
- I taped the two stripes with Painter’s Tape. I used Frog Tape, which I’ve always had more success with than any other brands. It promises to “keep paint out and keep lines sharp.” (It delivered, except for a couple spots where a little bit of paint traveled through some of the tiny grooves in the wood. It’s only noticeable if you really scrutinize it.) To ensure the stripes were straight and parallel, I used a ruler to measure the distance from the end of the tray.
- I spray painted the tray with two coats of Valspar La Fonda Orange spray paint, allowing it to dry in between.
- Once the second coating was dry, I carefully removed the tape.
I’m not 100% sure what I’ll be using this tray for yet–probably an office desk tray, or maybe something to add color to my coffee table!