Paint a tray with Accent

Enjoying a freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee in the garden is one of life’s simple pleasures. You can add a touch of sophistication to your next tea break by serving up your favourite brew on a charming tray. And decorating your own tray is a great way to create something beautiful on a budget. By selecting your colours, you can personalise your tray and ensure that it suits your kitchenware perfectly. We think that this is one crafty creation that you’ll treasure for years to come! So why not set aside some time this weekend to give this great project a go? You won’t be disappointed by the result. Follow our four simple steps below to begin.

Ensure you have the correct equipment

Having the right tools on hand makes any painting job easier.
Buy tools as and when you need them and build up your kit gradually.

You will need:

  •  P180 or P240 grit sandpaper & block
  •  Cloth
  •  Drop sheet
  •  Paint brush
  •  Accent Multi Prep Water Based (if required)
  •  Accent Small Projects x 2 colours

1. Sand

To start, lay down the drop sheet and lightly sand the tray until you have a smooth, matt surface. Using the cloth, carefully wipe the tray down and allow it to dry.

2. Prime

If the surface of your tray is bare, prime the front of it with Accent Multi Prep Water Based. Allow the tray to dry for 30 minutes. When it is touch dry, turn the tray over and apply the primer to the back. Let the tray dry for two hours. If your tray has been painted previously, you can skip this step.

3. Paint Colour A

Now it’s time to paint. Paint the inside of the tray with your first Accent Small Projects colour. Allow two hours to dry, gently sand the interior surface and apply a second coat of paint before letting the tray dry.

4. Paint Colour B

Next, turn the tray over and paint the sides and the bottom with your second Accent Small Projects colour. Repeat with a second coat when dry.

A personalised tray is also a great gift idea, ideal for birthdays or Christmas. You can pair it with a pretty tea set for that extra wow factor. And with a range of appealing Accent Small Projects colours on offer, there is sure to be something to suit every style. Accent Small Projects paints are the ideal choice for this task – they look fantastic and offer a professional result every time. Make an impression by decorating your tray with Accent.

Outside tray: Accent Small Projects Dreamy Sky. Inside tray: Accent Small Projects Elle Belle.
*Calculated for a tray measuring 600m x 400m, two coats of two colours and two hours between coats. Filling, sanding, and cleaning preparation time is included.