Hello awesome Friends! I have a sweet makeover for ya’ll today!
I must have passed by this tray at the Antique Mall where I have my booth at least a dozen times:
I just loved the details of the frame.
I finally decided to just buy it already. I thought maybe I could put some pretty fabric under the glass, only when I removed the outermost felt layer on the back, I discovered mold between the layers…
Gross! Then I discovered the glass was not clear, but covered in foil-like paper…
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After scraping it with a razor blade, the glass looked terrible, so on to plan B…I decided to cut a new bottom for the tray using hardboard with my jig saw:
A nice fresh coat of white paint and a pretty French love letter stencil saved the day!
I had hoped to keep that glass top intact with the tray, but this is a pretty alternative. Honestly I was happy to remove everything that may have come in contact with that mold.
I used spray adhesive (just sprayed the back of the stencil) to hold the stencil in place. Then I used a small brush and this paint to paint in the stencil, trying to brush away from the edges as I went.
After removing the stencil, you could see all the breaks in the letters, a dead giveaway that it is a stencil:
I went back with this script liner brush and filled in the breaks and fixed any bleeding edges:
I lightly sanded the surface with 220 grit sandpaper after the paint had plenty of time to dry. This smoothed out any rough spots.
It looks so much less like a stencil now:
I prefer to use a brush rather than a “pouncer” to stencil because I just think it looks better, even if I do have to go back and touch it up a bit.
I sealed with Annie Sloan’s clear wax.
I loved the original patina of the frame, but the white paint and a little sanding brings out those pretty details so well.
And I know it’s “clean” now. 🙂
If you enjoyed this makeover, you’ll probably like this one too:
See how I transformed this old flatware box HERE!
I’ll see you Tuesday with the makeover of this $5 yard sale tray:
UPDATE: See what this tray looks like now (is it even still a tray?) HERE!
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