Because the furniture was such nice quality, we did not have to do much sanding to prep the wood. You can lightly sand the tray before painting if you want, but it is not necessary. We then taped off the gold metal parts of the tray with blue painters tape to protect it from our finish. Then we got to painting. The faux finish is more like a glaze than a paint, so it allowed the beautiful grain of the wood to really show through. We painted approximately three coats of the finish, with time for drying between each coat. Now it was time to get crafty. We love using vinyl as a crafting material because it is so easy to work with. Geometric designs have been especially trendy in the last few years, so we created a simple geometric pattern to add to our raw wood butler tray.
Below you will find the download for our geometric designs if you want to use them to finish your own DIY home decor project! Use the SVG file if you will be using a cutting machine, or download the PDF to print on an inkjet printer with printable vinyl. All you need to do is cut out the designs and stick them directly onto the tray! I love how the geometric design turned out, especially with a vase of some of my favorite gold-accented paper orchids on display. If you love AVE’s furniture collection as much as I do, order AVE’s raw furniture wholesale until August 31, 2016, or find a dealer near you. Cheers to all the DIY home decor projects that help us express our beautiful and unique individuality! ~ Lia