Paint a Tray with Grey Wash Finish

Get on trend and paint a tray with a grey wash finish for a weathered, beach inspired look!

Get on trend and paint a tray with a grey wash finish for a weathered, beach inspired look! It's so easy and quick!

Hello everyone! I love makeovers do you? Today I’m sharing a quick and easy tray makeover with a trendy grey wash finish using paint!

I’ve had this tray forever… Seriously, I can’t even remember how long ago I bought it,  but it’s served a lot of drinks and survived a lot of military moves!

Needless to say it’s looking a little worse for wear – the wicker was getting a bit chipped and scuffed so I decided one afternoon to give it a makeover. 




DIY Grey Painted Tray


DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint,  Neutral Grey

Chip Brush

 This paint finish is super quick and easy! All I did was put some paint on an aluminum foil pie plate and dry-brushed on two coats of grey paint. Make sure you use very little paint on your brush so that the dark brown wicker underneath peeks through!


With a very dry brush dab the paint in random spots then rub it in with your brush so that the entire surface is covered.  I love the results: a beautiful driftwood grey distressed finish. 


I can picture this tray loaded up with drinks on a beach blanket by the beach! Oh I love summer and beach time!


It’s not quite beach weather here so I’ve placed it on our living room end table to hold magazines and a silver lantern that I recently bought!


It looks so much better ‘after’ than ‘before’! And it cost me Zero dollars!!!! (I had the paint and brush on hand.)

I’m so glad that I hung onto this tray all these years, it really fits in with the grey paint colors I’m using in our home right now.


Have you tried this grey wash finish yet in your home? 


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  1. Botanic Bleu says

    I painted a wicker hanging basket gray and lavender looks great in it. The gray complements the purple perfectly. I used some grey spray paint because I wanted the entire basket to be gray without the original color showing through. I love spray paint…so easy.



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