Isn’t this a unique tray? It is one of the treasures I bought before blogging days. The tray was missing the trim and I started repairing it. Stuck it away and it took me a good 3 to 4 years to get back to it! Finally sick of looking at it I decided to freshen up the vintage tray with paint.
I finished gluing on the finials. They are similar to the original ones. I wish I still had them, maybe I should say I wish I knew where I put them.
I cleaned the tray with a solution of white cleaning vinegar and water. While the tray was drying, I considered how it should be painted. Pink was calling my name. But I didn’t want it to be chippy like the little table I painted.
Normally I would paint the stronger color as the first layer and then the white or cream. This time around the first coat of Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Oyster White was mixed with Extra Bond to prevent or reduce chipping. It took two coats of the Oyster White.
The next color is the pink. Because I used Barn Red in Old Fashioned Milk Paint, which is a more subtle red. Not an in your face red the pink is more like a dusty pink. I kept adding the red to the white until I liked the color.
The pink paint was brushed on in a somewhat sloppy way. I didn’t worry if I missed some spots.
Then I sanded the tray with 200 grit and 400 grit sandpaper to smooth it out and to achieve the chippy look. I know I did say I was trying to prevent it. The difference is I am in control by sanding.
To finish up the refresh, the tray was waxed with clear. I went back over it in areas with the brown wax. Now, why did I wait so long to freshen up the vintage tray with paint is beyond me. Maybe the time needed to be just right. I have another vintage tray I bought around the same time. Do you think it is time it got a new look also?