DIY Hammered Tray Transformation

Hammered Tray Transformation

I saw a tray a couple of weeks ago in a home decor store, and I loved the look.  It was bronze with green paint sanded off for an aged look.  My brain wheels started turning because I remembered a tray I have that’s similar.

My bronze tray is on top of my kitchen cabinets – sort of hiding in the corner.  Can you tell in this picture if the tray has been transformed yet?

Tray in Kitchen Corner

That sure is a dark corner!  (And, yes, the tray is painted in this picture.)  See?

DIY Tray on Display

The tray is sort of bowl shaped, but I don’t know.  I don’t use it as a bowl.  I bought it many years ago at a Southern Living at Home party.

Hammered Bronze Bowl

After wiping the inch of dust off of it clean, I painted one coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence.  I let it dry for about 30 minutes.

Tray Painted with ASCP

Since sanding the paint could scratch the surface, I rubbed it with a wet paper towel.

Rubbing with Wet Paper Towel

It took about five minutes of rubbing to get the look I wanted.

"Sanding" Complete

To age it a little further, I rubbed some Annie Sloan clear wax into it, followed by the dark wax.  I had to rub thoroughly to get down into all the crevices.  It’s amazing how the paint turned more blue toned.

Hammered Tray DIY Complete

Since Southern Living at Home has been pretty popular for a while, I was wondering if maybe you have one of these.

With so many Annie Sloan colors to pick from, any brass or bronze piece could be transformed quickly and easily.  Would you let me know if you try this project?  I’m interested in the color you choose.

Maybe you’ve already painted something similar.  Leave me a comment and let’s chat about it, y’all!

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  1. Sharon Bernstein says

    That is just wonderful what you did to your dish. I love the color. If I had a dish like that I would definitely try this.

    • Kim says

      Thank you, Sharon! If you find something appropriate at a garage sale, what do you have to lose? 🙂

  2. says

    Kim….your tray turned out wonderfully!! What a terrific idea! You mentioned how the paint turned more blue…I’d say it looks more verdigris which I think is the look you want. Regardless…I LOVE it!!!!

    Thanks for linking your extraordinary tray at Project Inspire{d}!!

  3. says

    I’ve seen similar trays with this look in stores, and those suckers are PRICEY!!! It’s great that you were able to create this on your own for a fraction of the cost! It looks fantastic!!!

    One of these days I’ve got to get some of that Annie Sloan paint. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it since I’m a lousy painter with no patience for it to dry, but you sure make it look like a lot of fun to work with!

    • Kim says

      Thank you, Alycia. Well, this project WAS easy! It’s the absolute easiest paint project I’ve ever done. So, I know you could do it. 🙂

  4. Sheryll & Critters. says

    Wow, how beautiful it turned out….. but before and after seem to ‘go’ with your gorgeous valance. I adore your kitchen….. so fabulous.

    • Kim says

      Yes, since I have copper cabinet handles, the copper tone of the original color was fine. But, it needed a change, and I love everything “aged”. Thank you, Sheryll!

  5. says

    Love this Kim! I’m not sure if I have any copper but I’ll definitely be looking for some at the thrift store! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!


  6. says

    Gorgeous!! I have a metal vase I bought from Kirkland’s that is the exact same color with the copper showing through. It’s one of my favorite pieces!!