Nov 23, 2011

Tray-ding Up

We had a surprise party in August for Tom's 40th birthday
and my aunt brought a tray of cheese and crackers.  It was a dollar store tray
that she was more than happy to leave behind. 
I decided that I would break out the mod podge and fancy it up. 

First I spray painted it with Tremclad "Anodized Bronze". 


I had gone to Goodwill to find some books to take apart and glue
to the tray bottom.  But they were so pretty that I just couldn't. 
I went through my bookshelves and found an old Alfred Hitchcock collection
that no one was ever going to read and randomly cut out some pages. 

My apologies now to the person that does finally decide to read it
and will never know who-done-it. 



I cut the pages in half to make them easier to work with, 
then tea-stained them and applied them to the tray
with watered-down mod podge. 
An excellent tip I read online was to glue them down randomly
- don't work from one side to the other -
otherwise you'll end up with them all on top at one end.


I was pretty darn happy with the effect. 
I even added a fall leaf for some colour and texture.



But then we went to the Leonardo da Vinci Workshop exhibition
at the Ontario Science Centre (a must-see if you're in the Toronto area). 
I fell in love with the reproductions of his writings and drawings
(also the lion and the self-supporting bridge). 

I found some copies online, sepia tinted them,
and printed them out.  This was so much more me. 
Always been more the science geek than the literature geek. 

But. But. 
Mod podge on printer paper is not a nice look.  You could see right through
the paper to the printed pages below.  And it was a bit smeary. 
Thank goodness the original mod podge provided a barrier
because I just scraped the new pages right off
without damaging the pages below. 
I have no pictures of this fiasco. 
Be glad.

I sprayed on some clear coat to protect the paper
and mod podge from moisture and heat.  
I stared at it for a while.  I just wasn't happy with the tray colour. 
The grey was too primer looking for my liking.

Seriously, is this ever going to end? 

I carefully taped around the edges of the tray bottom with painters tape
and then taped down a leftover paint roller bag (recycle! reuse!)
to protect the bottom from overspray. 


I gave the tray a few coats of ORB (oil rubbed bronze). 
I tried Krylon this time instead of my usual Rustoleum. 
I think I like the Rustoleum better because it has more shimmer. 
But the Krylon is cheaper so it's a toss-up.

When it was dry I pulled off the tape and was much happier with the result.
There was a better contrast between the aged pages and the dark tray. 
Plus the paint colour is very close to the printing colour on the paper. 


I bought some black silk cord from Walmart and hot glued it around
the seam between the tray and the paper bottom. 
It gives it a nice finished look.


The pictures don't really do it justice as the ORB
doesn't seem to reflect the light very much.


Here we are all done up for the holidays
with some decorations from Michaels.

 





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I'm linking up to these great parties this week!

35 comments:

Judy said...

Wow...you did an awesome job on that tray. I love mod podge. It can do anything. Thanks for sharing at my DIYbyDesign Fall into Fall party.

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Ah but sometimes disappointments lead to brilliance...like here! Thanks SO much for sharing at the Winter Wonderland Party over at I Gotta Create!!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

I'd love to, thanks!

Lisa said...

I absolutely love the look! I have pinned it and am so going to turn one of my trays into this centerpiece. It will go so well with my decor! I would love for you to share this with our readers at our 4th Friday Finale @ Over the Big Moon!
Lisa
http://overthebigmoon.blogspot.com/2011/11/4th-friday-finale-112511.html

Natasha said...

That looks so pretty all decorated for Christmas. Love it!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you for featuring me!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

Sherry Deal said...

I like how this turned out, such a unique idea.  I'm a new follower, please drop by when you have a chance.

Mariaelenaullinger said...

very nice..love it

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

Jennifer said...

Awesome!! It turned out great!
Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

Tanya@TakeSix said...

Your tray looks great!  Super idea!  Visiting from Shabby Art Boutique.

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

Ashlee Prisbrey said...

Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!  I LOVE y0ur tray and I'm featuring it today!

Diybydesign said...

What a great tray.  I will be featuring it tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST.  Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button.  Thanks so much.

Verymerryvintagestyle said...

What a beautiful makeover! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks Judy. Took a while but I finally got it.

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4 You With Love said...

Wow, this tray really has gone "up scale"! LOVE the new look! Thanks for sharing on the homemade holiday party.

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4you-withlove.blogspot.com

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