If you’ve been reading here for awhile, you’ll already know my (apparent) passion for TV trays…
Oh yes. It is indeed a thing! I devour them every chance I get from local thrift stores and such, because they are SO easy to customize and SO handy to have for everything under the sun.
I mostly use them for what they were intended for though… they are the perfect sofa companion at the perfect height, especially if you have an Ikea Ektorp 3.5 monster!
Which brought me back to this houndstooth cutie.
I really loved it… but I wanted to try a new pattern on something flat. And after I dug around in my stash, I knew I had to redo this (because I didn’t have another).
So the top got sanded down until it reached…
… pretty much bare wood. Perfect!
I was slightly concerned that the blotchiness of the remaining stain would affect the new design, but I need not have worried. It helped to age the piece which is something I hold near and dear to my own heart anyway!
Ok… so let’s make a funky stenciled Argyle TV tray!
Argyle is a super cool new 2-piece pattern stencil from Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils which comes in 2 sizes.
The diamonds get stenciled first, then the lines are layered on top to achieve a true argyle effect!
And boy does it work well!
So I’ll first show you how I made this stenciled argyle TV tray, then I’ll share a few room shots with it.
Stenciled Argyle TV Tray
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Supplies I used:
Fusion’s Stain & Finishing Oil in my own custom mix of Golden Pine and Cappuccino
1 Create a diamond template by placing a page protector on top of a diamond, then trace it slightly larger with an exacto knife.
Because I desired to rotate the colours of the diamonds side-by-side, this template helped avoid paint bleed from one diamond onto another.
This is completely optional and you may find something else that works even better. I may even offer a template for this at some point. However this did work!
Isn’t this harlequin pattern cute as is?! You could totally leave this look, however I desired the full meal deal with this tray so I continued.
3. Place the thin lines stencil sheet on top of the diamonds, and align by placing the two sideways registration marks over top of two outer painted diamonds for the perfect alignment.
4. Stencil with a medium grey. (I used Fusion’s Pebble)
It worked so sharp! This was my first time using the real deal stencil so it felt a little like Christmas morning to me.
5. After the paint cures, apply stain, then wipe off.
6. Allow to dry, then lightly sand with a very high grit sandpaper to make it butter smooth.
I rushed the process and ended up smearing the paint a little, so it pays to wait.
The stain I used was Golden Pine with a little Cappuccino added.
You can read more about this amazing stain in THIS shelf post.
SO. IN. LOVE! Isn’t that just a stunner?
I started designing the Argyle stencil nearly a year ago to this day but never did finish it. Then I forgot how to draw it! So I started all over again and got it done.
It was a long wait but I’m happy it’s finally available now. This is gonna be fun!
Can you imagine for Christmas? Or fall? Or even spring tones?! Can’t wait to experiment more.
However, I really REALLY desired this colour combo on stain for this look for my first round. And it looks good anywhere in the house! Especially in the guest room.
And really, that’s the whole point of DIY. You customize to suit.
Yep! This one is a total win.
Click above to watch the entire process in this short video.
And now, time for coffee in bed with a kitty cat cuddle and try it all out.
What would you use Argyle on?
Check out more TV tray makeovers HERE