I’ve had many requests over the years for a set of painted TV trays but I never stopped and took the time to actually make it happen.
This time….I did.
My client ordered both a gumball machine AND this TV tray as a Christmas gift for her daughter. I really feel the TV trays, individually or as a set, would make great Christmas gifts for not only kids but parents and grandparents too! They are very easy to personalize and embellish….using paints, stencils, transfers, patterns…..etc. Here’s my spin on a TV tray fit for a princess!
I used Slick Stick over the surface since the wood had an extremely slick factory applied surface. I painted a single coat and let it dry for 2 hours. I repeated the coat and let it dry overnight per the Slick Stick instructions.
Slick Stick…if you haven’t noticed already….is a lifesaver in the furniture/craft painting world!
Next…I used one of my many homemade patterns for the central feature and traced it with a pencil. I discussed these patterns and how to make your own on live video here.
I can’t tell you how many of these I’ve made and how handy they are!
I then used painters’ tape in preparation for my stripes. I burnished the stripes edges with Fluff….and then filled in the stripes using Caviar…making sure not to paint inside the traced out center feature area.
I then used Posh Pigments in Silver by Posh Chalk and infused them a small amount of Top Coat in Gloss. I stirred just seconds until creamy smooth! I used this gorgeous liquid silver to frame out the center feature as well as trimmed out the underside of the outer ridge of the tray.
Finally, I drew the name of the princess in pencil first….and followed over my pencil line with Caviar and a small artist brush. If you are wanting more instruction to paint your own hand-lettered signs (or tv table), I taught a class about this very topic. Learn more HERE…
After I allowed all paint to dry….I top coated with a single and very thin layer of Top Coat in Satin.
Hokus Pokus transfers are simply gorgeous and leave very little halo effect around the transfer….partly because they are very thin.
I find the release from the transfer backing is much easier when applying to a dry layer of topcoat than to dry chalk paint.
- top coat and dry
- place transfer in position and rub
- gently pull back transfer backing while rubbing to release
- burnish transfer with a DB finishing pad
- top coat to seal
I finished off the tray with three thin layers of Clear Coat in Satin for its durability and water-repellent ability. This will allow it to be used for years to come and maintain its beautiful finish.
I hope this blog has your wheels turning…..thinking of all the people you know that would be thrilled to receive these painted tv trays as gifts!
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