Farmhouse Style Upcycle: Painting Silver Trays

See how I added farmhouse style to an upcycle project with a DIY Chalk Painted Tray! Painting Silver Trays is a fun and easy way to create a beautiful DIY.

I’m so excited to share this DIY project painting silver trays with chalk paint to give them a beautiful matte farmhouse finish. What’s better is its part of a monthly link party I’m in so stick and see all the chalk paint projects!

It’s time for another month of Inspire Me Creativity link party!

Farmhouse style upcycle project: DIY Chalk Painted Tray makes great use of an easy to do DIY

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This month we are all doing projects with chalk paint!!!  I have to say I was SO excited to use real chalk paint.  I’ve used chalky finish paint before but never chalk paint.

This tray (similar tray) has been sitting on our farmhouse shelves in the dining room for quite some time now.  I like the general shape of it and the small details on the tray.

But, I’m not really sure what I was thinking when I bought a silver tray.  Silver? Gross.  It didn’t really go with anything else on the shelves.  Kinda sticks out like a sore thumb.

Old tray on a farmhouse shelf that needs updating with chalk paint done in a farmhouse style

There is NOTHING ELSE silver on the shelves.  Anywhere.

It was the perfect choice for a little chalk paint makeover!

Step 1. Pick Up Chalk Paint

So, I went to Joann’s and picked out the prettiest dark gray chalk paint (this one!).  I used one of my kid’s foam brushes and applied 3 coats of chalk paint.

When using chalk paint be sure to always clean and prepare whatever item you are going to be upcycling

Step 2. Clean and Begin Painting Silver Tray

I chose not to distress the tray because I couldn’t stand to look at the glittery silver finish under it at all!!  Plus, I love love love the matte finish and didn’t want to mess that up.

Step 3. Recoat Tray

I was surprised it actually took that many coats.  The chalk paint is really thick and dries reallllyyy fast.  But, the tray I used also had all those tiny details indented in the tray.  So, I think it was a combination of me using the paint for the first time and the crazy amount of details in the tray that needed to be filled in with paint.

Step 4. Seal Silver Tray (optional)

You’re supposed to put a clear coat of wax over the top of any chalk paint project.  Supposed to.  I, however, did not.  

I’m hoping since it’s just going to sit on the shelves undisturbed that it will be fine (fingers crossed!).

Here’s how it looks now:

Farmhouse style upcycle project: DIY Chalk Painted Tray
Chalk painting a silver tray is a great way to update and modernize an old decor item but keep a classic farmhouse look
Farmhouse style upcycle project: DIY Chalk Painted Tray put up on old rustic shelves

I really do love the color.  I was trying to go with a theme of black and gray accents on the shelves so I think it really compliments what is up there already (like this DIY wood centerpiece)! Learn more about how to style open shelves here.

Using multiple styles to decorate shelving hung up in a dining room with rustic touches and plants

Actually, I did just do an update on the styling of these shelves.  Gotta switch it up every once in a while, right?!

Painting Silver Trays with chalk paint contrasts nicely with almost any style on rustic farmhouse shelving
This tutorial on how to use chalk paint when painting silver trays is a fun easy project you'll get done quickly

Check out the hosts below and hop over to see their thrift store makeovers!!

Inspire my creativity link party with multiple bloggers using chalk paint to upcycle an old decor item

An InLinkz Link-up

Next month we will be sharing a fall project.  I can’t believe fall is just around the corner!

Inspire my creativity link party with multiple bloggers using chalk paint to upcycle an old decor item

Wow, what a transformation that was! I simply love upcycling and personalizing decor that I picked up cheaply. Hopefully, you feel inspired to tackle and upcycle something to make it a decor piece you love!

Wishing you a joyful day!

Painting Silver Trays

Painting Silver Trays

Quick and easy tutorial to update an old tray with chalk paint to give it a farmhouse look.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $25


  • Foam Brush


  1. Pick Up Chalk Paint
  2. Clean and Begin Painting Silver Tray
  3. Recoat Tray
  4. Seal Silver Tray (optional)

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  1. I love the tray before and after. But I think the tray looks better gray, with all the other things on the shelf. It’s amazing how a little paint can change the look of something.