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How to make a beachy weathered tray

Hi lovely readers! Jamie from So Much Better With Age back again with another sweet project.

I love, love, love anything French, Vintage, Industrial or Beachy so I try to do a project that incorporates at least one of those elements (for me it isn’t hard).

I made a little weathered tray yesterday with some beachy twine handles.

Take a look!

Weathered tray via somuchbetterwithage.com

This is the little tray before. I used it next to my computer and it held a little wire pen holder. Not the best idea since pen marks got everywhere on it!



I used a bunch of brown and grey paints to make the effect.

Black acrylic paint, Martha Stewart Arrowhead and Gray Wolf, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Country Grey)



Using a chip brush, I layered on the different brown and greys not fully painting the entire surface.



Here is how it started to look.




For dimension, you want to make sure to add some black dabs of paint.

Once you brush it in, you won’t notice the black.

Have you ever painted something where you go over and over it until the paint almost dries and the brush becomes hard to pull through?


Well, that’s how you’re going to paint it here. Just keep going back and forth with your paint brush almost pulling the paint off until you get your desired look.




Then to add a beachy element to it, I wrapped some twine around the handles hot gluing it in spots to secure it.




And there you have it. I think it looks great! Definitely a much needed improvement from the pen marks.




I looks great with some beachy glass buoys and my french glazed plant pot.



It’s also the perfect fit for holding my magazines.



You gotta try this simple project. I made it under an hour and I know you can too!







Be sure to check out:

French Glazed Plant Pots


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  1. WOW!!!! That looks amazing! I have a really big shiny silver tray that I’ve had for years and never use b/c it is much too blingy and shiny for my taste. I may have to give this a try. Thank you for the inspiration!!

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