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DIY serving tray using wallpaper

DIY serving tray using wallpaper

Trays are a popular home decor item — not only do they look great when styled, they’re functional and can help keep small bench spaces clutter-free.

Today we’ve got a simple tutorial to create a monochrome tray that we’ll be using in our guest bedroom but it would also look great in the kitchen or on a coffee table styled with books and accessories.

Items you will need:

  • Timber tray
  • Blackboard paint or matt black paint (we used Haymes Blackboard paint)
  • A4 sheet wallpaper or thick-stock patterned paper (we used These Walls wallpaper sample)
  • Clear gloss acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
Items you will need DIY serving tray
Items you will need


1. Paint the tray in two coats of black paint.

Paint in two coats black paint
Paint in two coats black paint

2. Once dry, stick the wallpaper to the centre of the tray. We used clear gloss acrylic paint to do this but you could also use glue. Rest some heavy items on the wallpaper while it’s drying, such as a coffee table book, so no bubbles form beneath the wallpaper.

Apply wallpaper
Apply wallpaper

3. Paint the tray two coats of clear gloss acrylic paint.

Paint in clear gloss
Paint in clear gloss acrylic

Voila! Your tray is ready to be styled and used as you please 🙂

Finished DIY serving tray

What do you think of this quick and easy tutorial? Will you give it a go? Tell us in the comments below!


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