Remember our board we began with last week, when we made our wood chargers?
This week, this simple board was made into an adorable gingham tray with the help of Bungalow 47™ Furniture Paint!
Here’s how we did it! First, some supply gathering. We’ve got: our cut board, Bungalow 47™ Furniture Paint in two colors (Farmhouse Sink and Nautical Stripe), painter’s tape, measuring tape, pencil, two metal handles (ours are by Martha Stewart at Home Depot), and some paper towels.
This project began by base coating the board (both sides) using our bright white (Farmhouse Sink) in our Bungalow 47™ Furniture Paint.
We get excited when we are doing projects, as I’m sure you do too, but make sure you allow your paint to dry thoroughly before this next step since it involves painter’s tape! We used a tape that was 1-3/8″ wide. Whichever size you decide to use, which will affect the outcome of your gingham pattern, mark the center of your board at both ends. This will establish the center of the plaid design so you end up in even amounts on either side.
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. This piece will serve as your GUIDE! Fold in in half the long way, adhesive on the outside! This is going to help you center your pattern and you will repeat this on the other direction as well.
Place your center tape guide, folded side against your center markings.
Unfold the tape, this is your guide to start your pattern.
Begin butting your next tape pieces on either side of your guide, then pull away your guide and replace it on the opposite side of your tape.
Continue doing this, moving your guide as you go until you have done the whole piece in one direction, then finish down the other side. Burnish your edges nice and tight using your thumb and running the full length and the edges.
The white space left is where you will be dry-brushing on your accent color. We used our navy (Nautical Stripe) but this would be equally as adorable using Front Door Red! Red gingham is so adorable, especially for Christmas crafts!
The key to a successful dry-brushing is using a little paint that was thinned with a dab of water, and keeping your brush very sparse and dry. A bit was dabbed on, then rubbed to the edges using a barely damp paper towel (as in, I washed my hands and dried them with the towel, then used it for this process).
Once you have completed one whole side, do the measuring and taping process going the opposite direction and begin dry-brushing your gingham design. You can see, when crossing over the lines going the opposite direction, that block will darken as it now has two coats of dry-brushing.
When dry, pull the tape off and drill holes for your hardware! Make sure to make all necessary measurements to place in the center and fit the span of the handle design.
Attach the hardware. Using this type of hardware creates a totally different look than the ‘front screw’ hardware we used on last week’s wood chargers.
Isn’t this cute? This would also be super adorable done on drawer fronts on a dresser or on a table top!
Not sure what’s more fun, doing the project or finding fun ways to use the tray?
Why is gingham so adorable? It’s the perfect accent for these patchwork dishes!
When it’s waiting to be used, it can look cute just hanging around the kitchen!
Wouldn’t this make an adorable hostess gift for the holidays? With a single board and the help of Bungalow 47™ Furniture Paint, you can have this done in no time!
Stay tuned for more ideas using Bungalow 47 Furniture Paint! Have a happy holiday, Jill and Chantelle