Hi sweet Friends!
I’m back today as promised sharing what I did with this tray I found for $5 at the thrift store:
I can’t even tell you how long this has been hanging around my garage!
When I did my super cleaning a few weeks ago, I found it again.
Our Get Your DIY On theme this month is Numbered and Lettered projects so I knew this would be a great candidate for this challenge:
I decide to fill the bottom with random numbers!
I love how it turned out! I created this graphic and uploaded it to my Silhouette machine. (affiliate link)
I swear I have a love/hate relationship with that thing, but it’s a real time-saver once you learn to navigate it, and I know there are people out there that rock this thing! I had to cut four pieces to get it all since it is 20″ x 20″ (larger than the 12″ x 12″ mat) and piece them together. You are supposed to be able to cut longer pieces without using the mat which would only have required two pieces, but after a pile of contact paper ended up on the floor from it jamming, I gave up. Surely I was doing something wrong. There may have also been a few curse words invoved.
No Silhouette? No problem! You can also upload it to Blockposters.com and make it any size you need, and use my transfer method found HERE to create this look on one of your own pieces. You will need to print it in the reverse for this method. (see below)
I’m including the printable version of this for you both as-is and in the reverse in case you’d like to use it for your own personal use:
After lining them up properly, I used black acrylic craft paint to brush in the numbers, brushing along and away from the edges.
I used one coat of paint, then immediately removed the contact paper. When the paint was completely dry, I lightly sanded the entire surface to smooth out any raised areas. I sealed it with Annie Sloan clear wax.
I think the numbers add so much character, don’t you?
Adding graphics to a piece really adds so much!
If you liked my tray, you might also like this makeover:
I was excited to have this as our GYDO theme for February! (If you’re new around here, you can read more about our GYDO challenges and party HERE.)
Speaking of Get Your DIY On…I have some sad news and some terrific news. We are sadly saying good-bye to Abby from Just a Girl and her Blog as one of our original five co-hosts. We will miss her terribly, but her blog is taking a new direction, and we wish her much continued success! She gave us her blessing though for our awesome new co-host, and my buddy, Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule!
Nancy loves all things DIY and budget-friendly, which is what this party is all about!
We also have a fresh new graphic for our party, thanks to April!
Here’s what my lovely and talented co-hosts came up with for this month’s theme:
“Home is Wherever I’m With You” Free Printable Art from Krista at The Happy Housie
How to Make a Rustic Sign from April at House by Hoff
Wood Baseball Sign from Mandy at The Hankful House
DIY Coordinates Sign Tutorial from Nancy at Artsy Chicks Rule
The party fun starts this Sunday, February 7th, at 7:00pm EST.
Bloggers, come share your Amazing Numbered and Lettered Projects, so we can inspire our readers!
I’ll be back with the makeover of these estate sale chairs on Tuesday:
UPDATE! Check out how these chairs got their mojo back HERE!
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The Happy Housie Design Dining and Diapers Liz Marie Blog Funky Junk Interiors Savvy Southern Style Tatertots and Jello DIY Show Off Between Naps on the Porch Just a Girl and Her Blog Sand and Sisal Interior Frugalista