This and That...and a Simple Project...

It's good to be back sharing on the blog after a little break!  I've enjoyed some special family time and also took advantage of the down time to replace my computer.  I've needed a new one for quite awhile, and am really enjoying the speed on my new one.  

Do you choose a word for the new year?  My word for 2015 is "Explore"!  

Explore

I want to continue to learn and try new things.  So I am starting with learning a new operating system on my computer, as well as replacing my old version of Photoshop Elements with Photoshop and Lightroom.  So I have some exploring to do!  

Before Christmas, I was inspired by this photo from Vickie of Ranger 911...


Vickie has such a charming, whimsical decorating style...I just love seeing what she's up to!  Isn't this a fun vignette?  Her wonderful old chippy wood tray (don't you love that green edge?) brought to mind a wood tray I found at the thrift store.

tray makeover

It has 3 fun little ball feet, too...

tray makeover

The finish was flaky, so a light sanding gave it some age...


I used two DecoArt Americana acrylic colors-  
Sea Aqua, with just a touch of Soft Blue added...


I painted the edge and the ball feet...gave it a sanding to distress it, and sealed it with some DecoArt Americana Clear Wax.

tray makeover

I think it will be fun to use for so many things...

tray makeover

Thank you, Vickie, for the wonderful inspiration!

tray makeover


I am a blogger for DecoArt and received product used in this project...
all opinions are my own.

I am joining~


Until next time...


22 comments

  1. The board is so charming...this is just the perfect color and I love it roughed up a little. So cute!

    A really great word for 2015, Linda! It would be so wonderful if we had the curiosity that we had when we were children.

    I know you will accomplish the hings you want!

    Jane x

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  2. Hi Linda,
    Great little tray. Love the color. Love Vickie too and her creative blog and heart. Love your new word for the year. Have a great start to the new week.
    Kris

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  3. fantastic word for 2015! you are so brave for learning a new computer operating system...my computer is getting old too but Iwant it to keep going for a while longer! your wood tray is the perfect vignette setting...I am sure you will be using it often...

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  4. Perfect reproduction of Vickie's piece. Glad you got a new computer. I may be joining you on the Photoshop/Lightroom journey. I have loved my Elements, but my version is 3 or 4 years old and they've made so many changes to it since then. I might as well upgrade to the big girl version of Photoshop.

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  5. Så fint, lekkert brett, og for en fin liten mugge!
    Ha en fin dag!
    Klem fra Signe.

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  6. Love it....now I have to find one! Thanks.

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  7. What a transformation, fabulous, I love it! Suzy x

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  8. Hi Linda, love how the colour has really added a new dimension to the board. Great DIY! Happy 2015! Sharon x

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  9. What a great way to start off the new year. Love this quick and easy project and I love the color.
    Happy New Year!!

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  10. I always love easy and fun projects!
    warmly,
    deb

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  11. Love this and I think I may have a similar wooden stand in my thrift store stash. I also like your word for the year. Explore - it is good word for 2015.

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  12. Wow, Linda! You've made that painted edge look so authentically vintage that you've got me wondering if mine is original or the work of a talented painter! And now I think I need a sweet brown transferware teacup and saucer like yours. I love it!

    My laptop is ready to be replaced, but I've been holding off because I don't want to have to learn how to navigate Windows 8. I'm glad you enjoyed your family time during the holidays and it's nice to see you back. Happy New Year!
    Vickie

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  13. I love Vickie's blog and I too fell head over heels in love with her chippy edged tray. Yours turned out wonderful! I would love to run across something similar. Hubby just bought me a new laptop and I am vowing to learn more. Seems like I am always busy and don't take the time. He assigned me to watch a couple of learning videos. lol! Hopefully I will do my homework and get an A.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  14. What a sweet project :)

    Happy New Year to you and yours

    Karen x

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  15. On the tray, you could screw on a doo-hicky that would make it like a lazy Susan. I like how you aged it. The color was just right!

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  16. Love how the color turned out, Linda! Such a great size wood tray to use in a vignette, too.

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  17. I LOVE it Linda! I will never ever pass one of these up again!
    I'm crushin' on your pretty pitcher too !
    hugs...

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  18. Your copy cat version is so great! I love using those little craft paints for simple projects like that too. You can't beat them.

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  19. Isn't it fun to see something someone has done that gives you inspiration to try something yourself. Your tray really turned out pretty.

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  20. Looks great Linda! A simple redo. Ann

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  21. What a quick, easy and pretty upcycle on that tray, Linda - I love the colors!

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