Here’s a fun Crafty Quickie to end the weekend: my DIY French “Bienvenue” Welcome Tray that I made up for some pretty guest room decor.
This is so incredibly simple, and cheap! We’ve had this wooden tray hanging around for as long as I can remember, so I don’t recall what it cost, but I doubt it was much. You could even build one if you had a mind to.
So let’s see what it looked like first.
Yep, pretty dull. No flash, no flair, no. . . nothing. Boring. We can’t have that!
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Now for a few coats. Anyone out there like me, with little patience? I know I’m supposed to use light coats, over and over, for nice even coverage – and yet I frequently find myself with finger clamped down on the nozzle, dosing the hell out of my subject. Try your best not to be like me, you’ll have much better results.
Once the tray was successfully transformed into a pretty aqua with no wood showing through, I took it into my craft room for some stenciling fun.
I ended up applying a bit of acrylic paint to the interior of the tray, after taping off the sides. I wanted it to be only a slightly lighter shade, and draw attention to the interior of the tray. Once the layer was on, I cut my stencil out on my Silhouette.
I chose the phrase Bienvenue from the Summer in Paris Cricut Cartridge for this project, and some old plastic stencils I had on hand for the corners of the tray.
I cut the word out on clear vinyl and applied it to the tray, then began filling it in with white paint. The swirls were a bit much on the end of the word, so I trimmed them off and just left the basic word.
I love the little something extra it adds to my guest room!
What’s a small touch you love in your house?
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