When a friend asked if I’d custom make her a red tray, I kinda sorda listened.
She requested that it be around 18″ x 18″. So going through my stash of pallet wood, I came close and dry fit the above together.
I never worry about the wood being too rustic. Using a good palm sander takes care of that in minutes.
Paint used / Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Tricycle and Ironstone
Wax used / dark antiquing wax
She told me she’d paint it herself, but I was dying to try out Tricycle. This is milk paint from the Miss Mustard Seed line.
Milk paint comes in powder form, so you add equal amounts of water vs powder, and stir it up.
The beautify of milk paint is, you don’t need to prime wood first. And the finish is matte, so it distresses beautifully. Or so I’ve read.
Tip: because the paint is powder and I worked outside, the surface got a little messy with the wind blowing things around. So if you’re using two different colours, ensure you either have 2 work spaces, or more paper to cover your surface or are just a whole lot neater and smarter than I am and work inside.
The colour was pretty bright going on wet! But as it dried, the tone did deepen.
I had a leftover decal from my original Farmers Market sign, and used part of it to give it an old sign kinda vibe.
I didn’t think the decal would stick to the paint being that the finish was so flat. But I was wrong. There was just enough grab. I was pleased!
Using Ironstone for the lettering, I admit I painted as soon as I mixed it. If you allow the paint to sit for abit, the lumps go away moreso.
But then I was glad I painted it with lumps.. you’ll see why soon.
After the paint cured, I lightly sanded with a palm sander, touching the edges of the boards.
I was pretty pleased how well the paint bonded and how smooth the finish became! Smooth as silk after sanding.
But what really sealed the deal for me was the addition of the antiquing wax. That brought amazingly authentic patina to the red paint! And because the lettering was bumpy, it got a great finish as well.
At this point I squealed! And called her over to check it out!
But then asked why I put market on the sign.
And why the sides were white.
Yeah, she did ask for red. I just didn’t listen. I got all carried away making something into an old sign yet again.
p.s. those hydrangeas in the toolbox use to be BLUE! Isn’t that green something?!
Hmm… maybe I’ll make her another milk painted pallet wood tray in tricycle. You know… in case I mess this up.