Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Thrift Shop Trays

Trays, are the workhorses of home decor.
They're practical, versatile, functional 
and pretty all at the same time.
Now what could be better than that?

When I saw these trays (a set of 3) at a thrift shop in Canada 
I couldn't resist.
They were a bargain at $4.
But then I realized that was $3.06 US.
Even better!

At the time, I didn't know exactly how I wanted to paint them, 
but they were definitely coming home with me. 

I had these decorative papers in my "stash of good things."
They'd work well for this project.

But if you didn't have papers like these,
what else might you use?
....old sheet music, pages from a book, 
vintage sewing pattern envelopes, maps.... 
any of these would be unique.

I used my Go-To paint formula:

1. first paint Black  
2. then follow with my favorite white,
Westhighland White by Sherwin Williams.
3. Finish by sanding to reveal the black underneath.
Easy -peasy.

I randomly tore the edges so things looked less "perfect"
and applied the sheets with Modge Podge. 
Two coats of clear poly-acrylic went on top for protection.

Yes, there were some wrinkles in the paper, 
but to me, they added character, so they don't bother me.

On one tray I added a distressed green border
to fill in the gap surrounding the paper. 

They turned out well!

Each tray quickly found a place to be useful,
one at a bedside, another in a bath
 and the third on a desk.


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