As a rule, whenever I go to IKEA I never leave without a quick swing through the As-Is section. It’s a fun creative exercise for me. What could I do with this lamp shade, random board, piece of fabric, etc, etc.
I’ve shared a couple other As-Is finds in previous posts (the half-round shelf in Lily’s room and the message board in our mudroom corner). During my last IKEA trip I struck gold when I found a good looking cabinet door ($5) AND a set of drawer pulls ($2). I knew immediately that I wanted to turn them into a tray.
I wanted to add some color to the basic shaker-style door so I picked out this geometric pattern stencil at Michaels. I trimmed the stencil slightly to fit the rectangular space and used a stencil adhesive spray to stick it to the surface. And then it was time for the blue tape …
I used a mint green color first. It turned out darker than I expected, but I still like it. Then I flipped the stencil over and added the white layer. The lines aren’t perfectly crisp, but I decided to embrace the imperfection and just go with it. It’s probably the best I could get since I was spraying onto a surface that had a slightly slippery protective finish.
Before I removed the tape I also sprayed a clear coat to help protect and seal it. The blue tape was also helpful when measuring and drilling for the handles.
My little $10 tray fits in nicely with my white side table and blue plant container (below). Both are garage sale finds I got for a song.
Overall I’m pleased with how this easy tray project turned out. The paint job might not be perfect, but the tray still works perfectly for transporting snacks or drinks outside to the deck. We’ve been spending A LOT of time out there now that summer (and the SUN) has returned.
If you have any tips for painting with stencils, I would love to hear them!