Amazing friends, welcome back!! Ya’ll know this is one of my favorite days…it’s Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday!! WooHoo! I’m excited to check out what my friends have rescued today as well…be sure to be on the lookout for their projects at the bottom!
I am only two projects away from kissing my latest haul good-bye, and today’s project is actually three things: a trio of trays!
I picked these up for super cheap…only $5.25 for the set of three:
They are quite handsome, eh? And they even have a J for our last name! However, y’all know I did not keep them like this.
For this transformation, I started with three coats of Cotton:
I needed a blank canvas so I could imagine better what I could do with them. They sat like this for several days until I came up with an idea.
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Plan A was to white wash some old wood I found from an outdoor playhouse that had been torn down and use it to line the bottoms of the trays. I quickly discovered that each piece was tapered:
And they would not work as the new bottoms in my trays. I quickly had to come up with a plan B!
I was really committed to the idea of white washing the bottoms of the trays, so I found this piece of thin plywood in our garage:
I decided to cut a piece to fit the bottoms of each of the trays and white wash them instead!
I measured the bottoms of each and then used my small circular saw to cut them out:
1. I used a clean cloth to apply the VooDoo gel stain in Up in Smoke.
2. Then I brushed on about a 50/50 mix of Cotton and water. I wanted it a bit thinner this time.
3. Then I quickly took a clean cloth and wiped the Cotton/water mix back off. The wiping motion is what creates those lines, so you want to go in nice straight lines.
4. Up in Smoke makes the perfect gray base for this white washed finish.
You can see a video of how I white wash below if you like:
If you have trouble viewing, find it on YouTube HERE.
Next, I used my Silhouette Cameo to print out some “stencils” of graphics I had created for previous projects that I had save on my computer.
If you have a Silhouette and want to use your own graphics too, I shared how I upload my own graphics to my Silhouette HERE. If you don’t own a Silhouette, HERE is another way to add graphics to your pieces without all the fancy cutting machines.
This looks like I used black vinyl, but it is actually black contact paper. I used a small brush and two coats of acrylic craft paint to fill in the “stencil”:
When I removed the contact paper, I lightly sanded all over with 220 grit sandpaper and sealed with Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat in satin. I adhered the plywood to the bottoms of the trays with some Power Grab construction adhesive my Hubby had.
Are y’all ready to see how they turned out??
Let’s start with the smallest of the three. I played with this one in our downstairs guest bath:
VB Crab Co… the VB stands for Virginia Beach!
I originally used this graphic on this little tray I redid years ago:
The second biggest one got something a little different on it…
This is actually only part of the original graphic I created…
The rest of it didn’t cut properly, so I just used this part. I like the simple sentiment.
The basket on top is the project I created it for originally:
You can see how it turned out HERE!
And finally, the largest of the three is my favorite:
I’ve used a similar version of this graphic I created on several projects, but this was what it was originally made for:
I straightened out the bottom lettering for this one:
These trays were anything but coastal when they started, but I think they suit their new look perfectly!
Don’t forget to check out what my friends are rescuing today as well!
I can’t wait to see for myself!!
Only one teeny tiny piece left and it is actually done, but I just haven’t photographed it yet because it’s just a simple paint job.
If you missed any or want to revisit any of these pieces, you can find them here:
We have family heading into town this week for what was supposed to be Jack’s graduation. We all went in on a beach house back in the Fall, and although the graduation ceremony was put on hold, we decided we were going to get together anyway! So, like I do every Summer, I will be taking a break for the next couple of weeks! Don’t worry though, I will still be here on Tuesdays and Thursdays! I just won’t be creating brand new content, so you’ll be seeing some old favorites and probably ones that you may not have even seen before!
I’ll still be checking in and answering comments, so I hope to see you back on Thursday. I’ll be recapping my first thrift store haul:
UPDATE: See how these pieces got their happily ever after HERE now!
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