A Tray For All Seasons


There’s nothing like dropping by your favorite craft store to refresh your home with ideas for the holidays. And there’s no better way to start than with a colorful centerpiece for your dining room table or buffet. When I spotted this unfinished tray I knew just what I wanted to do — and how I could use it for several holiday events rather than just one. Interested? Just keep on reading ….

After a light sanding I reached for two tubes of my favorite combination stain-and-finish for craft projects:  Minwax® Express Color. It’s water based and comes in eight colors.

Since I am going to use two colors of stain, Emerald and Crimson, I applied painter’s masking tape to prevent my first stain from running onto the base of my tray.

You can apply Express Color™ with a cloth, but I opted for a foam brush to get into the corners and inside the handles.

Before it dried, however, I did use a paper towel to wipe off the excess stain, letting the grain of the wood show through.

I then peeled back the tape, revealing a few little drips that I can quickly sand or scrape off.

Quick Tip:  A wide painter’s or putty knife can be used as a shield to keep your stain exactly where you want it.

Again, I wipe off all the excess stain, going in the direction of the grain of the wood.

Since Minwax® Express Color™contains its own finish, a clear coat is not necessary. But if you want to give the wood some extra protection, simply brush on a coat of Minwax® Polycrylic Protective Finish, which is also water based.

And here’s my best idea of the day:  use an inexpensive place mat to make your colorful tray adapt to whatever holiday is at hand . . .

Or whatever event you may be hosting.

Until next week,

Thanks for stopping by!


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