DIY Decorative Tray


Recently I’ve been loving home accessories that inject a little texture and colour into our (mostly monochrome) home. So instead of painting this wooden tray white, which I would have done before, I tried something slightly different and I’ve been loving it. Whitewashing wood is so easy and it can really transform a piece. I think it looks great on this tray but could work just as well on a wooden box.

I like how the white paint gathered in the groove to create a defined line. I think details like that adds edge and prevents it from looking too 90’s. Other tips to avoid any 90’s flashbacks include going in lightly, as in one layer only, and avoiding circular motions.


You only need five things:

  • Your tray (or other wooden item)
  • Water based white paint (like Dulux Pearl Glo)
  • Paint brush
  • Wet cloth
  • Scrapbooking paper in a bright pattern



  1. Dip yoru brush in water before lightly painting one side of the tray.
  2. Quickly wipe it down with a wet cloth, making sure that the effect is even.
  3. Repeat these steps on all sides and set aside to dry.
  4. Measure the bottom of the tray and cut a piece of scrapbook paper to match. Place in the bottom of the tray.

This took me less than 10 minutes to make and clean up and the process was so rewarding. I’d definitely try this effect on other pieces as well.


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