Farmhouse Inspired Perfect Bar Tray
Get the look of etched glass without all the hassle
Nothing beats a trip to Target for one item and walking out with a cart full of things that you will hopefully one day use. Luckily, I found this great $5 unfinished wood tray and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it! I love the gold handles and mirror on the bottom, so of course I was going to use my Silhouette Etching Cream. So far I’ve used this cream to create vases (Mother’s Day Vase and Intricate Flower Vase), but with Valentine’s Day coming up (yes, I know, it’s March and I’m JUST getting around to writing this post) I wanted to create something custom for my husband. He’s big on whiskey and now has a really nice glass set that was screaming for a bar tray!
With a little help from my Silhouette Curio, I made a one of kind, farmhouse inspired, faux glass etched bar tray. It’s super simple and looks like it cost $$$. If you can’t find a tray, try using an inexpensive mirror with a frame, because this style design would look amazing on the wall,too!
FolkArt Home Decor Wood Tint – Walnut (HERE)
Unfinished Wood Tray with Mirror (Found mine at Target, but check your local craft stores)
Silhouette Etching Cream (HERE)
1. Start by masking off the mirror of your tray with masking tape. Also, remove the handles if you can, as this will make it easier to stain.
2. Apply one or two coats of stain, wiping off the excess with a towel between coats.
3. Let dry completely before removing masking tape. Touch up any areas if necessary.
4. Then head into Silhouette Studio to start creating your design. I used the font Sacred Bridge that I purchased in the Design Store for the name. It is now my favorite retro-esque font. Then, I actually created those brush marks using a design I pulled off the internet, and traced them, then moved them around to fit my design.
5. Cut out your design onto regular vinyl and weed. My Curio worked perfectly for this smaller design.
6. Using transfer tape, carefully place your design onto the glass of your tray, and use the masking tape to mask off the edges of your mirror/tray. As you can see from the image above, there’s a good chance your cream will get everywhere!
7. Place a large amount of etching cream onto your design and spread it making sure to cover all exposed areas.
8. Then, after about 30-60 seconds, take a scraper or old credit card (or gift card) to scrape off as much cream and place back in the jar.
9. Take a towel and wipe off any remaining etching cream.
10. Carefully peel off your vinyl stencil and wash of your mirror with water.
Set and Serve
That’s it! You now have a beautiful, farmhouse inspired bar tray, perfect for that special guy….or for you 🙂 I could imagine recreating this in a larger frame to hang on the wall. There are so many ways to use this cream, not just on vases, but for glass ware, mirrors, bar tray, pretty much anything glass or mirror.