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French Tray with Stenciled Label

Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™

French Tray with Stenciled Label
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French Tray with Stenciled Label

designed by Donna Bush

Give a plain tray a continental vibe with Americana DecorĀ® stencils and Chalky Finish paint.

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Learn more about Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™.


Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ Paint

  • Relic (ADC28)
  • Whisper (ADC03)

Americana Decor® Varnishes

  • Ultra-Matte Varnish (ADM04)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • sandpaper
  • scissors
  • sponge brush
  • painter's tape (optional)
  • 1" flat brush (optional)
  • cosmetic sponge
  • wooden tray (Michaels)


NOTES: For best results when stenciling inside a tray or other similar object, you may need to trim the stencil to fit. Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Use a sponge brush and Whisper to paint the tray inside and outside.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Use scissors to trim the stencil to lie flat inside the tray. (Optional: secure with painter's tape or hold with fingers while stenciling.)
  3. Load a cosmetic sponge with Relic. Pounce the sponge on a paper towel to remove excess paint. Lightly dab paint inside the stencil openings.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Use sandpaper to distress the tray edges and stencil design. Remove any dust.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Use a sponge brush or 1" flat brush to apply Ultra-Matte Varnish.
    Step 4 Example