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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Little Tray Re-Do Project...

You know I love a simple little re-do project!  
Recently I found this great tray at the thrift store...

I decided to give it a little facelift...First I gave it a coat of a light taupe paint, followed by a medium gray.  Then I gave it a wash of burnt umber, and wiped off the excess.

I distressed the finish with a sanding block and sealed with matte varnish.  Then I found this great old label graphic from The Graphics Fairy and decided to use it on the tray.  It has such a wonderful old look with the discolorations and wear.  I printed it...

Then I cut it out and tore some of the edges.  

Using a foam brush and some permanent sepia ink,  I darkened the edges...

I added the label with matte decoupage medium...I love how it turned out. 
It reminds me of an old barrel lid...

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  1. This is so cute, Linda! The detail is really cool!

    I may start making some banners for Christmas. I had some friends and family members really like the "Merry Christmas" on burlap that I did for myself, Nothing like the present to make presents!

    Jane xx

  2. Oh that turned out so neat! I like the aging you added to the label and how it wrinkled ...like it's been there a while!
    I'm not working on anything fun! hmmmpphhh...!

  3. Love it! I buy trays at thrifts ALL the time. I use them in all sorts of different ways. Love what you did with this one!
    xo Kris

  4. That turned out great, Linda! I love how the label looks on it. It does look like an old lid.

  5. Fabulous - now I want to go thrifting...LOL

  6. Very nice! And isn't the Graphics Fairy amazing :)

  7. It turned out fabulous! As always!

  8. I love it! I need to write down your great ideas and look for these pieces. I'm not creative enough to envision.

  9. Linda, I love the cute quick make over. It looks so much nicer too. I think we need to do more make overs of old things instead of throwing them away.. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  10. How clever you are, Linda! I've got a similar tray with a hideous orange-red painted surface and I've done nothing to change it up. Maybe someday I'll give one of those transfer methods a try. I love the way you aged your graphics!

  11. Linda it turned out so cute and it looks fairly simple. Great job!

  12. That turned out so cute! I have seen so many people use The Graphics Fairy for cute projects. I should try it myself.

  13. I love that label, it found a perfect home inside your pretty tray.

  14. What a fun tray project, Linda! I would be lost without the Graphics Fairy:)

  15. It really does look vintage now! I love this! I don't think you can have too many trays....Right now I am spending hours altering gowns for my son's wedding party. My fingers ache. xo Karen

  16. Well, look at that! Really neat redo Linda!

  17. Linda, this is so cute! The graphic is just perfect. What an amazing way to elevate a simple object!

  18. Very nice, Linda. Perfect for your home!

  19. I love the way you breathed new life into your tray! So much more fun to use now, I'm sure.
    Mary Alice

  20. A very good idea, it really turned out great! I am working on christmas presents now, takes time making so l thought l would get an early start ;-). Pam xx

  21. I love a fun project like this! I like the way you left some natural and how your label is the same tones. This makes me want to do a fun label project! Thanks for sharing at Thrifty Life Thursday at Revisionary Life, Linda.


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