My DIY Patio Serving Tray is sponsored by DecoArt. As always, the opinions and ideas are all my own.
Who else is itching to spend more time outside?! Here in Ohio we’ve had a few glimpses of spring-like weather and it has gotten me so excited to hang out on the patio once the weather allows! We love to spend time on the patio eating, relaxing and hanging out with friends and family. We used to haul all of our food and snacks out in several trips so I picked up this big tray at a thrift store to transport our eats more efficiently.
But it needed a makeover. Desperately.
The finish was peeling on the edges and it needed some color. I decided to paint it in the same colors as the end table I painted a couple of years ago for the patio and I love how it turned out! See how easy it is to create a colorful outdoor DIY serving tray!
Outdoor DIY Serving Tray Makeover
- DecoArt Americana Decor Outdoor Living Paint in Adirondack, Morning Glory and Iron Gate
- Americana Decor Angle Brush
- Small precision brushes for lettering
- Painters tape (if you decide to paint the sides of your tray)
Using an angle paint brush, apply 2 coats of Outdoor Living Adirondack paint on the entire tray. Depending on the color/material of your tray you may need more or less coats.
Once dry, paint on the wording of your choice. Since we can’t exactly say “we’re on island time” in Ohio I went with “we’re on patio time” which makes it the perfect accessory for our patio, where we love to be when the weather warms up. I used Outdoor Living Iron Gate and Morning Glory for the wording. As I’ve admitted to you before, I’m not the best at hand lettering and I’m definitely a perfectionist so I stenciled the phrase on my tray.
Start with “patio” since it’s the largest word and falls in the center; it makes the rest of the text easier to position evenly.
I decided I wanted a little more color interest for the DIY serving tray so I decided to paint the sides of the tray with Morning Glory, I love the contrast! In order to get a crisp and clean line on the edges of a tray or surface, place painters tape on the inside of the tray and press well to avoid paint seeping down behind the tape. Paint along the side edges and also on the top of the tray sides (do this with less paint on the brush to also prevent paint seeping under the painters tape.
Here’s the finished tray, what do you think?
Now it’s ready to tote and serve your favorite drinks or eats on the patio!
Are you excited to get your patio time on, too? 🙂