Happy Saturday! The kids are back in school, fall is in the air and it’s football season! If you follow Storypiece on Facebook (and you should… otherwise you’re totally missing out!) you know that I’ve been sharing all things football and tailgating this week. We aren’t really a football family, but my father-in-law and step-dad were huge football guys.
When I say huge… I mean H-U-G-E!
I’ve often said that you could miss Christmas or any other major holiday with my father-in-law, Frank, but Superbowl was a “must attend” event.
This is our first football season without him and we are feeling it. Tyson and I are embracing this national past time a little more… I guess as a way of staying connected to someone special that is no longer with us.
So this week on Facebook I shared the very best of football and tailgating ideas that I found around the web. As a side note, each week, I will be covering a new theme on my Facebook page, so be sure to hit the like button there to follow along with the best of the best each week.
When it comes to football décor, I definitely gravitate toward a more traditional, vintage look rather than going with my favorite team colors. For this tray, I kept it simple and rustic.
Football Tray Supplies:
- Wood board 12×24
- Wood stain – dark walnut
- Black chalk paint
- Paint Sealant
- White paint and paint pens
- Painters tape
- Drawer handles (similar)
I had the board sitting around the garage, so it’s what I used. You can cut your board to any dimension you like, but this one happened to be 11×28.
Stain your board. I thought I might try a lighter finish like “weathered oak”, but “dark walnut” is my go-to stain and I quickly switched after seeing that the oak wasn’t giving me the rich look I wanted.
Once dry, tape off the border and spray with black (chalk) paint. Chalk paint is what I had on hand, but you could use standard black paint or even green to give the tray a football field look.
Tape off stripe and paint white.
Peel tape and let thoroughly dry. Then comes the fun part… adding details before sealing.
My technique for transferring hand-lettering here.
One of my favorite things about this craft is that it’s completely customizable. I added “Kick Off” and “End Zone” (which you can download here), but you could do “Touchdown”, “Superbowl” or your team name.
Because this will be a tray I’ll be serving on, I didn’t want the center to be too intricate.
I opted for a football play that I found online. I think yard lines or even white stripes would be great too.
At the last minute I added handles to the ends. This is purely a decorative option.
Fall is my favorite time of year and I’m so glad it’s here. I’m looking forward to this piece being a part of football traditions.
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