Stencils Craft

This is a sponsored post by Royal Designs Studio.  I was offered a free stencil in exchange for this review.   
All opinions are 100% my own.

Chevron Stenciled Tray

Hi, my name is Barbara and I’m a garage sale addict.  There I admit it.  Like a cliche, I brake for garage sales, estate sales, yard sales, you name it, if you’re selling it on your lawn I’ll be there!  

I bought this tray about 6 months ago, for absolutely no reason at all.  It was wood, it was begging for a makeover, and it was like $3. SOLD-pay the lady.  

I was given the chance to review a stencil by Royal Design Studio, and I immediately thought ‘oh my tray!’  I chose the chevron pattern (in case you don’t know, I ‘brake’ for chevron too!) , and was thrilled at the chance to try it out!

When it arrived, and after I finished doing the ‘happy dance’, I got right down to business; revamping this second hand tray!

It had a separation on one of the corners, so I glued it together with wood glue, and let it dry completely.

I took the tray outside, sprayed it with some primer, painted it blue and distressed it.  

I was planning on painting the chevron stripes in blue and white at first, so I could’ve just added white chevron stripes to the blue.  At the last minute though (which is how I make most of my crafty decisions!), I decided to make it a little more interesting and paint the stripes orange and white instead.  

I had to go back and paint the middle a solid white.

The stencil was so easy to use!  I chose the small furniture stencil so it fit perfectly in the middle.  I blotted the orange acrylic paint using a foam brush, and just followed the instructions in the package!  

I went over the entire piece with a sanding block to distress it.  The tray had pretty detail on the inside rim and the distressing really brought that out.  

I’m using it on my coffee table for now, it’s great to hold remotes, books, and other things the kid’s leave on the couch.

Royal Design Studio has so many amazing options to choose from!  The website has lots of great resources too, like a listing of workshops and events, stenciling tutorials, and so much more!

I have plans to stencil a rug, and some curtains, so I’m excited to have found a tutorial on how to stencil on fabric at Royal Design Studio, woot, woot!!

Do you use stencils in your crafting?  

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Barbara is a lover of all things creative, simple, and budget friendly. Chase the Star began in 2012 as a creative outlet and to chronicle her DIY and crafty adventures. She is a working mom and wife residing in sunny Southern California.

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  1. Love it! I love chevrons! Great job, friend!

  2. Beautiful tray! I love to stencil too.

  3. LOVE it, Barbara!

  4. LOVE the transformation! Very cute! It was nice meeting you today during the SoCal Social! Hope you’ll pop by and check out my blog, let me know you were there and follow along if you like what you see! POP ART MINIS

  5. Nice blog site! Following you via GFC from Mom’s Mingle blog hop. Would love it if you could visit my site and follow back! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hi! I’m Vickilicious from I just linked up to the ‘Mom’s Monday Mingle’ blog hop and I am your newest follower! I look forward to reading your blog! Would love it if you could visit my blog and follow back!

  7. I love this! So cute! New follower from the mingle :) Hope to see you at Me + the Moon sometime!


  8. I brake for chevrons too! Your tray came out beautiful.

  9. Your tray came out great!! Love that little owl too :)

  10. I really love this! I had never thought about using stencils. What a great idea. I need to check out more garage sales. Thanks for the inspiration. Found you at Mom’s Mingle!

  11. This is a really cute transformation! I am very much like you and can see when something needs a little help and turn into something fabulous! I recently bought a clearanced breakfast tray and made a very shabby chic looking breakfast in bed tray using wood stain and chalkboard paint! I love your style and am excited to take a look around your blog at your other projects!

    Your newest follower,
    Cathy Mini :)

  12. Very cute! The tray turned out great!

  13. Hi Barbara, great project! I love the chevron design too, the stencil saves so much time!

  14. Great project !

    I would love you to come and share it at my Craft, Create & Inspire Linky party

    Hope to see you there:)

    Claire@ Polkadot pretties

  15. I am inviting you to come and share this in my Show Your Stuff blog hop, the party runs from Thursday evening until Tuesday:

  16. I want it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  17. Love this!!

    I am coming over from a linky party and I would love for you to come over and check out my Wool Dryer Ball Tutorial!!

    Have a Good Day!
    Ashley Suzanne

  18. Great job. I will be featuring this tomorrow night at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

  19. Love this! I have a thing for trays and this one is too cute! So happy to be your newest follower!

  20. Featuring YOU today! Thanks for linking up to {wow me} wednesday!

    Ginger @

  21. super job Barbara! I use stencils (for names on my rustic wedding signs) however I don’t use any others, although I have tons! I should use some, I have many trays in my stash.
    I think that’s something I could be doing even with a bum shoulder….


  22. Thank you for sharing your project @ Craft, Create and Inspire linky party last weekend ,

    Your project is featured this week !!!

    Hope you will join us this weekend :)

  23. I LOVE how this looks!! Nice job. Thanks for liking up at Romance on a dime.

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