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Thrift Store Redo: Vintage Wicker Tray

The combo of black, white and brown is my jam. In fashion and home. I also love color and have some pretty bright colors in my apartment. But the classic neutral palette will always be a fave. When I found this vintage wicker tray at a thrift store, I immediately knew I would be adding black & white paint. I'll show you how I did it.

Depending on your area, it shouldn't be too difficult to find a similar vintage tray at a thrift store near you. I cleaned it up but the edges of the wicker sure are difficult to clean.
I used painter's tape to tape off the edges of the tray because I wanted to keep some of the original look. Because of the uneven effect from the woven material, I thought I would have trouble with painting seeping under the tape but it worked like a charm.

 However, the nature of wicker does mean you'll need lots of paint. Spray paint covers wicker better than acrylic but I felt like acrylic would give me more control of the limited area I wanted to paint. So I used two coats of white chalk paint. A lot of it leaked through (so cover your painting surface!).
Then I created a design with my Silhouette Cameo, cut it out of card stock and used it as a stencil. I used black acrylic paint. I tried to even the edges out with a black marker but that only worked moderately well. A fine paintbrush would have helped but I didn't have one on hand.

 I'm hoping to chip off some of the paint or maybe let some come off naturally because I think this will look great a little roughed up. But, at some point, I'll need to seal it to stop the chipping. I will use Mod Podge for that.

What do you think? Are you ready to run out and find a vintage tray to redo? I'm going to keep an eye for another tray!

P.S. That lovely watercolor painting is by my friend and blogger/Etsy shop owner/creative genius, Lindsay from Shrimp Salad Circus. You can get your own painting here!

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