DIY Gilded Tray – A Mother’s Day Gift
This adorable little tray was found at Goodwill for only $5.00!
When you are hunting to rescue and restore, look for shape and function, not their current condition. Trays can be used in almost every room of your home. A nursery, bathroom, kitchen table, entry hall etc.
Our lacquers are perfect for wood, metals, ceramics, resins etc. They can transform the most mundane of products with an incredible new “pop” of bright glossy life.
This little gilded tray would make a great Mother’s Day gift!
- Decorative Tray
- Amy Howard at Home ® Clean Slate™
- Amy Howard at Home ® High Performance Lacquer – White Perfection
- Amy Howard at Home ® Chalky Mineral Spray – Bloom
- Amy Howard at Home ® Bright Idea™
- Amy Howard at Home ® Gilding Size
- Amy Howard at Home ® Gold Leaf
- Amy Howard at Home ® China Bristle Brush
- Artist Brush
- Lint-free T-Shirt Rag
1. Using Lint-free T-Shirt Rag, clean Tray to remove any dirt or residue.
2. In a well ventilated area, spray top of Tray with Amy Howard at Home ® High Performance Lacquer – White Perfection, allowing to dry 15-20 minutes between coats. Allow to dry 30-45 minutes after final coat, once full glossy sheen has been reached.
3. Spray top of tray with Amy Howard at Home ® Bright Idea™ for maximum shine. Allow to dry 30-45 minutes.
4. I painted the base of the tray with our matte Chalky Mineral Spray. It is a nice visual surprise in contrast of continuing with the white glossy lacquer.
5. As I worked on the tray I realized that adding some detail to the feet would be a nice touch. I love adding gold leaf to unexpected areas like this. As I did the feet, I decided to go on and highlight the beautiful shape of the tray as well.
Using Artist Brush, apply a thin, consistent coat Amy Howard at Home ® Gilding Size to feet of tray, making sure to get even coverage that is not too thick. Allow to come to tack, about 30 minutes.
6. Apply Amy Howard at Home ® Gold Leaf to feet of tray, using orange tissue from Gilding packet to burnish Gold Leaf down for good adhesion. Brush away excess Gold Leaf with Amy Howard at Home ® China Bristle Brush. Touch up any missed spots with additional Gilding Size, allow to come to tack, and apply Gold Leaf. To finish, burnish down well using the orange tissue.
7. Repeat Step 6 to gild detail on rim of tray as desired.
8. Enjoy the bragging rights!
I hope you enjoy seeing the transformation of a sad little $5.00 tray from Goodwill into something that my mother, or yours, will enjoy for years to come. Gifts that have that handmade touch, as well as a beautiful aesthetic, will be cherished for years to come.