Last year, for my son's teacher's birthday, I made a Farmhouse Monogram Tray and she loved it so much, I decided to make a different version for his new teacher this year.
I found a stash of these huge, unfinished trays at a thrift a few years ago and I'd planned on using them during Paint It Pretty parties. Then, life got busy and I haven't taught a painting class in awhile.
So, this one was a perfect candidate to makeover into a rustic-style tray!
I followed the exact steps used on the Farmhouse Tray:
- Create a new Word document.
- Decide whether you want a frame or not for the monogram. I used a template I found online .
- Next, create a text box inside the frame and typed S with the font Little Lord Fontleroy.
- Print on copy paper.
Next, lay your monogram template on a piece DecoArt tracing paper and trace the design with a pencil. Then fill in with your choice of color in acrylic craft paint.
To create an authentic rustic appearance, I rubbed the monogram with 80# sandpaper so it looked worn and aged.
Then, I applied a base coat of Minwax Classic Gray and before it was dry a coat of Early American.
To seal and protect this beautiful Farmhouse finish, I used General Finishes Flat out Flat. Although I wouldn't recommend serving food directly on the tray, I wanted to ensure the finish was durable for everyday use.
Hobby Lobby delivered once again with the perfect rustic handles.
I'm going to bake a big batch of chocolate chip cookies (her favorite) when I deliver this gift to the teacher. I hope she feels as special on her birthday as we think she is!
I'm thrilled I have one less of these in my stash. Maybe I should go ahead and finish the rest as gifts?
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