Scandi Wood Serving Bowl – Perfect for Sharing

We love upcycling, especially if that means we can reuse what we own! Germarie had a wooden serving bowl, but it needed a little something. Once we saw this beachy Anthropologie Snack Tray, we were very happily inspired. Our version is painted all-over to give it a little Scandinavian flare.

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The inspiration from Anthropologie

Use this tutorial as a guide to update a few of your older serving dishes; platters, trays and bowls are all perfect! Just be sure to use the items for predominantly dry goods.

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Here’s how to make A Wood Serving Bowl Pop!

Difficulty: easy

Time: 2 hours (with drying time)


  • Wood serving bowl/platter/tray/dish
  • Sandpaper
  • White Chalk Paint
  • Chalk paint in your preferred colour *
  • Soft Chalk Wax Sealer
  • Brush
  • Small paint roller
  • Paint pan
  • Cloth

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Sand the wood serving bowl lightly. Use a cloth to wipe the bowl and remove dust.


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Paint the base of the platter white and let it dry.


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Paint the outer edges of the bowl white and let it dry.

Pro tip: Use a brush to paint the grooves and a paint roller for the upper surfaces. This helps to avoid messy painting.


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Paint the inner sections of the snack bowl with the colour of your choice. A small paint brush is best. Let the paint dry.


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If there are any coloured bits on the white edges, use the paint roller to cover those sections with white paint.

As soon as you’re happy with the look and the paint is dry use a chalk sealer to prolong its durability. Apply the sealer with a cloth and in a circular motion.

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We actually changed the colour to a deep olive, and love it!

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Now you’re ready for summer snacking! Use dry snacks in the painted bowl and hand wash only.

Happy Upcycling!

Have you tried this yet? Please share your experience!

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