DIY Farmhouse Wicker Tray + New Euro Shams

I’ve completed my first DIY project from my Goodwill thrift trip a couple of weeks ago (read my Goodwill thrifting tips HERE) and I couldn’t be more pleased with how this turned out!

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I’ve wanted a bed tray for our master bedroom for a while, but I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a tray. Though wicker isn’t my favorite material, when I saw this tray at Goodwill, I had a feeling I could jazz it up to fit what I was looking for.

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Since this had a very light/orange 80s finish, I decided I needed to stain this tray before painting it to give it a farmhouse vibe. I love how it turned out!

New Euro Shams from Amazon!

Before I dive into how to complete this easy DIY, I want to share these beautiful euro shams I got on Amazon that helped bring our bedroom together. For a while I have been waiting to find euro shams that matched our duvet and were affordable. If you follow me on instagram- then you know I even considered sewing these (lol, that would have probably ended poorly since I haven’t sewn in years). Thankfully, I found THESE euro shams before deciding to sew. I absolutely love them! They match our duvet perfectly and are super crisp and clean. I would make sure you have a “full” euro pillow, as these shams are made for true euro sized filler pillows. Some of the cheaper euro pillows with less filling may not look right in these shams.

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Alright now let’s get to how to do this easy DIY farmhouse technique on any wicker item:

Materials:

  • Wicker object (tray, basket, etc)
  • Sander deglosser (find it HERE)
  • Old rags
  • Canvas drop cloth (find it HERE)
  • Chip paint brushes (these are super cheap at Home Depot, but if you want to order THIS is a good looking set)
  • Stain (I used Minwax Dark Walnut find it HERE)
  • Any color chalk paint (I used Annie Sloan’s French Linen)
  • Optional chalk paint wash secondary color (I used Annie Sloan’s Old White)

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Step 1: Prep

This wicker tray had a mild sealant on it, and I probably could have gotten away with not prepping it before painting, BUT one thing I’ve learned through my DIY crafts is that prepping always pays off. I used a sander deglosser and an old rag to wipe off residual oils, dirt, and the sealant on the wicker before starting. Make sure you let your wicker piece dry before moving on.

 

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Step 2: Stain

After that my piece was clean, I was able to stain it. I chose to use a dark walnut color, mostly because that’s all I had in my cabinet (lol) and I knew I was going to be painting on top of it so I wasn’t too picky with the stain. My main goal here was to darken the wicker to get rid of the orange color. I applied a generous amount of stain to the wicker and let it dry for 24 hours before moving to the next step. Make sure you stain along the direction of the wicker.

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Step 3: Dry Brush Base Color

Use an old rag to wipe off an excess stain that did not absorb into the wicker. Now you will use a dry brush technique on your wicker piece. See THIS blog post about the details of how to dry brush, but essentially you are taking a small amount of paint on the end of your brush and lightly painting. You are not covering the entire piece, the stain should still come through. I used my grey chalk paint from Annie Sloan (the color is French Linen) for this. Paint in the direction of the wicker.

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Step 4: Dry Brush Accent Color

You could absolutely stop at step 3, however I felt like my tray needed a little more contrast, so I chose to use a second color to dry brush on top of the gray. After the gray base color dried (roughly an hour) I chose to use a white wash from a previous project (read HERE on how I make a white wash). White washes are super easy to make, you just mix some chalk paint with water, and I store them in mason jars so I can easily use them on future projects, like this one. I used Annie Sloan’s Old White for this wash. Using the same technique as in step 3, I dry brushed this white wash on the tray. Paint in the direction of the wicker. Allow to dry for 24 hours before using.

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That’s it! How simple was that? I love this stain + technique because it can be used on a variety of wicker objects to give them a less 80s vibe and more farmhouse vibe!

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In case you were wondering, the tray is Tira approved lol

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