After I assembled the first tray I simply painted the tray in the mint green chalk paint that I had mixed together.
***You can find detailed instructions on how to make this easy tray here: http://www.sawdustchicks.com/home/decorative-wood-tray
So...I wanted to try something else to see if I could give it a more in-your-face distressing. Before I assembled my base I randomly stained the boards. Once this dried, I assembled the base and then smeared a very thin layer of Vaseline over each of the areas that I stained.
Here's how it turned out!