I did not like the wood tray. It was too dark and the lettering was too big. My husband even told me that he thought it was ugly. I really liked the wire though and I knew I could "fix" it.
When you are a DIYer, you have plenty of paint on hand so I didn't have to purchase a thing.
The color I used was Slate by Sherwin Williams. After it dried, I dry brushed it with Antique White. Then I sanded it just a little with a fine grit paper. You can see that the letters are very faint now.
I then brushed on a dark antique glaze. Once the glaze was applied, I wiped some of it off. You can get the look you want by just brushing on more or wiping off more. In this picture you can see the difference after the glazed is applied. The right side of this picture is before the glaze.
The glaze that I used is from a business in Woodstock, Georgia named Rethunk Junk. The owner makes all of her paints. The great thing about her products is that they can be applied directly over any item without sanding it first. No it is not a chalk paint. That is why I like it so much.
Here is the link to her website: www.rethunkjunkbylaura.com
These Hyacinths were on sale at Walmart for $1.00 so I couldn't pass on that! I placed them in these teacups and added some moss.
I really like how it turned out. It looks more, as they say, "French Country Chic" instead of "Farmhouse Country"!