Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tray Makeover

I am joining Becca at Blue Cricket Design  for another Show And Tell Wednesday.  Please go over to her site and see all the great projects going on over there.  I am also linking this up to The Shabby Chic Cottage's Transformation Thursday.  Click on the link and see what all those talented people are doing this week.

I found this tray at the thrift store a week ago.  I paid $4 for it and I didn't particularly like the fruit, but the shape and color were very good and I knew I could transform it. 

For all of you HomeGoods fans, that is where the tray came from.  I thought that was interesting because we don't have one of those shops within a 200 hundred mile radius.

The first thing I did was to give it a coat of spray paint in ivory satin finish.

I gave it a second coat of spray paint not caring if you could still see the fruit because you won't see it when I am done.

Next, I gave the back a light coat just so it was freshened up and matched.  The spray paint was a really good match to the existing paint, so a light touch with spray paint kept me from having runs.
Next, I scuffed up the edges a little to reveal the old gold paint that was on the edges when I started.

 I had chosen a heavy card stock scrapbook paper to cover the tray with.  I trimmed it accordingly.

My trusty assistant (4 year old son) helps me along painting a little Mod Podge onto the part of the tray that will have the card stock applied.
The first layer of card stock applied with Mod Podge.

Here is the final project.  I applied one more layer of the map card stock to cover the entire tray. Then I placed another sheet of card stock with the Effile Tower on it to the tray.  I gave the top two coats of Mod Podge.  I allowed them to completely dry, and then I applied two coats of matte clear acrylic sealer.  

Now we can have some tea!


Denise said...

That looks wonderful! I also have a tray project going on. I'm going to try covering the inside with burlap. I just haven't worked up the courage yet! Maybe this weekend, we're supposed to have ice, so there won't be anything else to do. YUK!

Lisa said...

So much better! Love the map paper!

Marie@PoutyPinkPrincess said...

I love the paper! Great job!

Shirley said...

Great job. It really looks nice. I'd better do some projects like that before I give all my scrap-booking stuff away!!

Mod Podge Amy said...

Love it! Very cute transformation :D

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

very cute! i rectently scored 2 plain trays at a garage sale, and I've been looking for some inspiration!!! LOVE the map on yours!

Lianna Knight said...

Love this!! So creative...you have an eye for this!!

You can view my DIY project here...

Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst said...

What a nice transformation. :-) So pretty and French!

Barbara Jean said...

LOVE your tray, and love that you had an assistant! Good for you for letting him join in!

I have several trays, but have not done anything with them.
Have piles of 'stuff' like that!
not enough hours. =)


barbara jean

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Worked my way backwards to this project that I saw on your sidebar. Love this, too! What a great shape to the tray ~ so glad you saw beyond the fruit. I love the papers you used and it turned out really nice!