I have been going through total furniture painting withdrawal. The warm weather cannot come soon enough. I need to get back in the garage and breathe new life into some worn and weathered pieces that have been waiting for me since last fall.
Since reliable outdoor painting weather in Chicago is still pretty far away, however, I have to settle for smaller projects that can be accomplished indoors. Case in point, a plain wooden tray that I painted with a grain sack motif – a motif I’ve envisioned using on a coffee table that’s waiting for me in the garage. I needed a place to corral remote controls and coasters in the living room and I figured this tray would do the trick.
This was the perfect chance to test out painting grain sack stripes and to attempt a freezer paper image transfer technique, which is something I’ve wanted to try for awhile now. It turned out better than I expected, so naturally I love it. (Clearly my son loves it too. Or maybe he just loves stealing the tea light out of the bird candle holder I’ve placed in the tray.)
Freezer Paper Image Transfer Supplies
- Unfinished Wood Tray
- Sandpaper (220 grit will work well)
- Acrylic paint in colors of your choice
- Paint Brush
- Painters tape
- Spray adhesive (for image transfer)
- Freezer paper (for image transfer)
- Inkjet printer (for image transfer)
How to Paint a Grain Sack Stripe Tray
First, I lightly sanded the plain tray.