Thursday, June 6, 2013

Paint A Watermelon Tray

This is a fun project for summer dinners and/or picnics.  I was looking for a wooden tray to paint and Brenda said - here, take this one, I'm not using it.  So, I did!
I sprayed the whole tray with Rustoleum White Primer.  Then I taped off the sections and painted the red and the black and white striped panel at one time.  Remember, I have told you this before, but, if you want a bright red color, first undercoat with hot pink.  Then a couple of coats of red will cover nicely.  If you just paint red over white, you'll be putting on 20 coats and it still won't look smooth.
After the red and the striped area dried, I retaped and painted the lime green and Kelly green area. 
Then, I handpainted all of the rest of the tray black. 
I painted black seeds freehand on the red area and sideloaded my brush with white and shaded the left side and added a white dot.  Do the dot with the end of your paintbrush.  It makes great dots.
I will put a few coats of polyacrylic varnish on it so it can be used for various things.  I used craft acrylic paints for this.
John and I are going to see Lion King tonight at the Performing Arts Center.  I've seen it once and can't wait to see it again.  If it comes to your town, be sure to see it.
Till next time, Judy


  1. What a cute tray, Judy! Perfect for carrying drinks to the patio or deck. Have a great time seeing the Lion King tonight!

  2. I love this! I'm also glad to hear the tip about painting hot pink under the red! I did not know that (but then I'm no painter). Are you getting tired of hearing how talented you are?

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  3. How cute! I need to find a tray to carry drinks into our lanai! I always looks for the perfect tray....I should just paint one! Hugs!

  4. Judy this tray turned out so cute! Gosh you are a lady of many talents! I saw Lion King once and it was amazing. I would love to see it again! Enjoy!


  5. You are amazing! This is not your typical watermelon! I love the are an artist among many other things.

    We saw the Lion King in Chicago and I loved it. One day on my lunch hour I happened to walk down the street that the back of the theater faced and I was able to stop and chat with Scar (in full make up and costume) while he was outside for a smoke!!


  6. Judy- What a cute idea. Perfect for serving a summertime BBQ. Love it- xo Diana

  7. A very happy project, fun and useful.

  8. Love the tray! You are so talented.
    I don't know how you have time to do all the things you do. And you do them so well.
    Loved the Lion King - enjoy your self's.

  9. It's always fun to see what you come up with Judy, your little tray is no exception! It's so cute! Enjoy the show, I've never seen it.

  10. Your tray is fabulous Judy!

  11. What a beautiful little tray, I can just see that setting on the picnic table with glasses for iced tea.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and leaving a comment. My grandparents were very special to me, and my memories of them are wonderful.

  12. Really like this idea! I have a tray that needs some love, thanks for the idea! Have never tried painting a hot pink under red, but I can see why that would work. Thanks for sharing!!

  13. I love your tray Judy. Good tip about the pink to red paint too. I never knew that.



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