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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Old-TImey Tray

Last night while J was working in the garage, I decided it was finally time to do something with the $5 wooden tray I found at Hobby Lobby last month.



Not sure quite what to do with it -- and wanting to alleviate some stress -- I decided to bring out the trusty Mod Podge and some scrapbook paper.



I originally thought I'd just Mod Podge the whole thing with paper, but then decided I wanted to paint the outside and edges and just paper the inside bottom. So, I found an old sample of Glidden paint in Olivewood, mixed it with some water, and sponged it on. {Because I'm impatient, I used a hairdryer to help it dry faster.}


I found a couple of pages in my paper book that had old-timey letters and lists written on it, and decided to use that for the bottom. I did one big piece, then layered on a few pieces that I ripped. For the smaller ripped pieces, I used Chalk Ink around the white edges to make it look like older paper.



I just love how those edges turned out!


After everything was stuck down, I did a final layer of Mod Podge across the top. I think I spent less than an hour on this project? But I think it turned out quite cute:



The bottom's not as shiny in person -- guess it's just my flash. Not quite sure where I'm going to put it yet, either on the nightstand in the guest room...


...or on the empty desk in the hall nook.



Hope everyone's having a wonderful long weekend!

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15 comments:

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

I love the vintage look on this finished tray, the paper looks as if someone tore up old letters but couldn't bear to part with them. Perhaps a stormy love affair? lol Very cool the way it turned out.

Green Gracie Home said...

Thanks for the inspiration...just found a set of 3 at goodwill for $5 and trying to decide what to do!

Wendy said...

Looks great! Wow...$5.00 tray....we don't have a Hobby Lobby, but rumor has it that one is coming! I can't wait! I see all the great finds everyone gets there and soooo jealous :)
The distressed look of the paper is perfect! Thanks for the inspiration.
smiles :)
Wendy

Silver Strands said...

Katie that is SO cute! Took you only an hour?! Amazing. I wonder what fun projects you'll take on today ..?
oxoxox
Denalee

Katie said...

Thanks ladies!!! And Wendy, you are going to LOVE Hobby Lobby. Not sure what I'd do without it now... :)

Debbie said...

Oh I love it! Just turned on to Modge podge myself....so much fun. I just bought a table today, and I think that is what I am going to do to the top of it. Happy Memorial day to you.

Heather said...

What a great little tray, like how you layered the papers. Thanks for sharing.

Emily said...

I love it! What a fantastic idea--I love how you layered the papers. I might have to try this! Thanks for the inspiration!

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

your tray looks great! Now it's not only funtional, but very pretty!
gail

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

I think the tray turned out cute! And what a great find!

Thanks so much for linking up! I hope to see you for this Fridays link party!

Ashley
www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

Red Door Home said...

What a great tray. Love the transformation.

brown paper packages said...

It turned out great!! I love it!

Katie said...

great job! Such a quick and easy project!

Jane said...

I have to get some of that chalk ink you used. I saw it on your door hanger too. Way easier than glaze and so many uses.

Katie said...

Thanks guys!!

Yeah, that Chalk Ink is AMAZING stuff. And it comes in several colors, including pink! :)

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