First, I taped the outside border, since that was the most important row for creating a nice clean paint line. I wanted to make sure no paint got on the actual tray part, so I wedged my tape as close to the wood as possible. T helped with the rest of the taping part. I love to include her in as many DIY projects as possible, and since this part of the project didn't include sharp tools, dangerous fumes, or nails, I was happy to let her partake in taping. Besides, it was just tape. Any less than perfect line didn't matter since it could be covered with more tape or redone.
She took her job very seriously, making sure everything was pressed down very firmly.
Here is our tray all taped up:
Then, I sprayed the tray with a light coat of primer. Now, this tray isn't perfect. It's old and the wood show it's age. There are a lot of dings and scratches in it. Since I plan on using this tray as an actual serving tray and not just for show, I left all the dings and scratches in it. If I wanted the wood to be more perfect, I would have sanded the tray before and after I primed it. Just worth noting, in case you ever want to do something like this. After the primer, I did three coats of white semi-gloss spray paint and two coats of clear gloss protective enamel. I did this for two reasons. One: I only had white semi-gloss paint on hand and I wanted the tray to have a nice sheen to it. Two: A high gloss is more durable and the clear coat keeps the paint from being scratched off. Here is the finished product:
Eventually, I hoping this tray will live on our kitchen shelves...if we ever get them done! Here's hoping for a productive weekend.