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While Peanut and I were grocery shopping at Target this week, I came across these trays on the clearance aisle. There were seven sitting on a shelf and I quickly grabbed up six of them. They were sturdy and had a nice texture and I could see CRAFT written all over them.
I couldn’t tell you what kind of craft, but I just knew they were craft material. They were less than $3 each and I could always return them, right?
Honestly, I hate returning things so I knew I would be keeping the six letter trays. I guess I could always pass them off as birthday gifts or Christmas presents.
Of course, it didn’t come to that. I had a plan in my head before we even left the Target parking lot.
These were the perfect shape and size to make a lettered sign to go in the bathroom we had been working on this week.
I knew I wanted the colors and theme to match Peanut’s room since the bathroom connected to his room.
Only four of the trays would fit in the space I was wanting to hang them, so I decided “Surf” would be our word and it would be in the red, white, and blue theme.
I used General Finishes Java Gel Stain on the outside edges because I wanted more contrast with my wall colors. You could easily skip this step or use paint instead of stain. I applied the stain with a foam brush, waited a few minutes and then wiped the excess stain off using a paper towel.
After the stain had dried, I painted the center section antique white from General Finishes. As you can see, I left an unpainted border around the white.
I allowed the antique white to dry and then I painted the border Coastal Blue from General Finishes to match the newly painted bathroom vanity.
Since I didn’t have any block stencils at home, I decided to look online for some free printables. I came across this site and chose the “large alphabet stencils” for this project.
I increased the size of the each letter to 135% so that it would be the proper size for my trays.
Stew centered and taped them down for me. He feels so very useful when I give him these little tasks to help with :-).
I used a stencil brush to paint the letters. I had some “oops” spots and a random drip that had to be touched up, but touch ups are always a given when it comes to painting.
The red paint dried to a nice pink color so I had to do another coat or two until I had uniformly red letters.
Here’s a close up after the touch ups had been done…
I decided the letters had an almost too perfect and manufactured look to them so I gently distressed them for a weathered appearance.
Stew hung them high on the bathroom wall, with a fun, beach themed towel rack below.
I chose red, white, and blue to match Peanut’s room, but you could pick any colors and any words to use.
Wouldn’t this be cute as a child’s name?
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