As you can see the TV tray was falling apart.
I unscrewed the tray from the legs and sanded the top and bottom of the tray to strip off the white spray paint. I used my orbit sander for this.
This tray needed some handles!
I spray painted two brass handles that were from our old kitchen cabinets.
I used flat black spray paint.
I made a quick trip to Home Depot to pick up a can of wood stain. I fell in love with all of the Varathane colors, I wanted to buy them all. I decided on this Dark Walnut!
I applied one coat with a foam paint brush
Now comes the fun part...stenciling! I thought the word GATHER would look nice on the tray and give it a farmhouse feel. I found these letters online at Amazon
I used the same method of stenciling as I did for this project Stenciled Number Trays
I folded clear tape to make it double sided. Then I placed the tape on the back of each letter and pressed them down on the tray. Next, I painted over the letters with the wood stain. I waited a few minutes until the stain was partially dry, then I peeled the letters off. The letters didn't turn out perfect, but that's ok! The jaggeder letters give the tray an aged look. Plus a little sanding and another coat of stain covered most of the imperfections.
For the final steps, I sanded the black painted handles so some of the gold peeks through.
Next, I screwed the handles in place and sealed the tray with a wax.
If you enjoyed this project, you might enjoy my other projects about stenciling: