Polka dots are one of my go-to patterns. I love them on dresses, glassware, and even doors. You just can’t go wrong with something covered in cute dots! In fact, I use the pattern so much that I pretty much consider it a neutral, perfect for mixing with florals and stripes.
So what on earth could I possibly put more polka dots on? A wood tray of course! I’m paired up with DecoArt and some of my favorite blog friends to share how you can DIY one thing five ways. We each started with the same exact unfinished wood tray and created 5 completely different, easy to DIY, looks.
Step 1: Apply wood strain in any color you like (I used dark walnut) using a foam brush. Paint the stain on in the direction of the wood grain. This part can be pretty messy so make sure you cover your table top and I’d recommend wearing gloves.
Step 2: Remove the excess stain using a paper towel. Allow the tray to dry completely.
Step 3: If you want to make the same coral blush colored dots as I did, mix equal parts of Cotton Ball and Shrimp Americana Multi-Surface paint on a paper plate or tray. Then place the foam pouncer (I used the 1.5″ one) in the paint and cover the bottom of the sponge with an even layer of paint.
Step 4: Lightly press the foam pouncer onto the tray and turn it left and right slightly to create a solid polka dot. Be careful to not press too hard because the paint will bleed and the edges of the circle will be uneven. You can apply the dots in a random pattern, like I did, or you can apply them in more of a grid. Once you finish, you may notice some spots are uneven. That’s no problem—just apply the paint again in the same way once the first coat of paint has dried. You can also touch up a few areas with a tiny paint brush. Once the paint is completely dry your tray is ready to be used!
Note: This is optional, but if you plan on using your tray a lot, I recommend sealing it with a clear varnish once the paint is completely dry. This will help prevent the paint from chipping and make the wood water resistant.
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