After trading my over-sized, glass topped coffee table in for an ottoman, I gained living room seating and more space for Rowan to play. In turn, I lost a place to put stuff. Like coffee. And coffee deserves a good place to sit.
I saw this dynamite wood serving tray at a thrift store. I loved the colour of green and simple design. The flowers just screamed "PAINT ME!!"
So I did. One coat of spray paint in 'antique white'. If you're looking for a cleaner finish instead of my 'antiquing' method, you'll want to sand the entire tray before painting. I'm looking for imperfections, so I skipped that step.
Sand with a fine grit sandpaper.
Another coat of spray paint.
Another round of sanding.
The last sanding I really dug into the paint, so I had a lot of dust. I made sure that the tray was completely dust-free with a paint brush before I coated it with spray-on Mod Podge. The Mod Podge acts as a sealant, you don't want to skip it!
My happy accident. A little heavy on the first coat of Mod Podge and you'll get bubbles from the paint. I liked it, so I went with it. I lightly sanded over the crackles after the first coat had dried and sprayed on a second coat.