DIY Tray Inspired By Pottery Barn Number Canvas

Many of you have probably seen the Pottery Barn Number Canvas that so many bloggers have recreated over the years (It’s no longer available online, but here is a quick Google Search that shows you a few images). Even though the print is a few years old, I STILL love it.

When I stumbled upon this old black tray laying around my house I instantly knew what I wanted to do with it. I took the inspiration from the canvas and recreated the image onto my tray. And today I’m giving you a little insight into how I made my DIY Tray Inspired By Pottery Barn Number Canvas.

Pottery Barn Inspired Number Tray by @tarynatddd


DIY Tray Inspired By Pottery Barn Number Canvas by @tarynatddd

DIY Tray Inspired By Pottery Barn Number Canvas by @tarynatddd

And here is a little before and after to show you how it doesn’t take much to give an old decorative piece a complete makeover! Yeah?

DIY Tray Inspired By Pottery Barn Number Canvas by @tarynatddd

And do you want to know a secret? I actually bought the original black tray at World Market when I was a freshman in college… and yes, I have no idea how I have managed to keep it around this long. I apparently knew I would have a need for it one day :)

Supplies Needed:

– Serving Tray

– Vinyl Stencil ( I made mine using my Silhouette Cameo, but you could also buy vinyl numbers and use them as stencils or create your own)

– Americana Light Buttermilk and Snow White Acrylic Paint/Brush

– DecoArt Satin Varnish

– 160 Grit Sandpaper

– 1/4″ Sisal Rope

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I used my Silhouette program to replicate the number design from the Pottery Barn Canvas. My tray measured 12″X16″ so I set my paper to those measurements and then played around with the spacing of the numbers. I found that the Century Font was the closets to the font used in the PB print.

Once my design was final, I cut it out onto vinyl.

DIY Tray Inspired By Pottery Barn Number Canvas by @tarynatddd

The vinyl I used was only 9″ wide, so I had to piece the design together. I cut the first section and then used transfer paper to apply it to the tray and then cut the second section and very carefully aligned them. Lastly, I just put an extra layer of painter’s tape around the edges just to be careful (glad I did).

DIY Tray Inspired By Pottery Barn Number Canvas by @tarynatddd

I wanted a more distressed look for my tray, so I mixed together Snow White with Light Buttermilk to give an off-white look. It look a good 4 coats to successfully paint over the black.

DIY Tray Inspired By Pottery Barn Number Canvas by @tarynatddd

Once the paint was dry, I gave it a light sanding with some 160 grit sandpaper. I wanted a very subtle distressed look so I didn’t over-do it. I cleaned the dust off the tray and then applied a coat of satin varnish to help seal the paint to the tray. This will really help with the wear and tear.

DIY Tray Inspired By Pottery Barn Number Canvas by @tarynatddd

For the finishing touches, I wrapped the handles in 1/4″ sisal rope. I found a huge roll of it still in the package at the Goodwill for $3.99. It was a great find!

DIY Tray Inspired By Pottery Barn Number Canvas by @tarynatddd

See what a little paint and sisal rope can do? Now I’m really glad I managed to keep this tray around for so long!


Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. Cathy says

    I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven’t already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday!
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    Hugs, Cathy

  2. says

    This is adorable Taryn! Dang it, I just need to buckle down and get a Silhouette, I keep saying that and just know all the adorable things I can make with it. :)

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