sand the area you are going to paint. Sanding helps the paint to adhere to the
surface and gives a smooth finish.
off the dust with a dry cloth.
the area you do not want to paint with paper and tape.
an open space to prime and paint. In case of spray paint, make sure the paint
does not spray on the wall or any other surface.
use old flattened card board boxes while painting so I do not stain the floor.
you are painting with paint and brush you just need to worry about the floor.
I do not have the patience to sit and paint. I
did not prime my tray but you can prime it if you want to. It has something to do with my patience.
for spray painting is you need spray evenly and keep moving or you will have
the paint drips. After the first coat, wait for 30 mins and go for second coat.
it dry for 24hrs. The paint needs to cure.
the tray is dry, cut the scrap paper to size of the area you want to cover.
my tray was bigger than the 12x12, I had to cut the second paper to align with
the design. If I was using a gift wrapper or if the tray was smaller, the job
would have been easier. Using
the foam brush, apply modge podge on the tray. Foam brushes helps to cover the
area better and Modge podge is quick-drying glue which dries clear. The paper
glued does not tear when wiped with wet cloth or when water spills on it. Lay
the paper on the tray and use an old credit card to smooth out. This way you avoid any bubbles. Later
seal the paper top with another layer of modge podge and let it air dry for a
da…..you are ready to use your customized tray.
Cost break down: Tray:
$8 (Bed bath beyond using 20% off coupon)
$3 (Michael’s using 50% off coupon) Modge
podge: $4 (Michael’s using 40% off coupon) Scrapbook
Papers: 25 cents each (Michael’s on sale) Foam
Brush: 10 cents each (Michaels’ 10 for a $1) Sand
Paper: $1 (Dollar Store 10 sheets for a $1) TOTAL: $16.60 I
had every material from previous projects. So
I spent only .50 cents for the scrapbook papers. Please
do share your pictures if you do the project.