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I bought this tray with a plan to do something crafty with it. But then I decided to use it by the kitchen sink to hold hand lotion and soap and dish detergent. Well, I quickly found out the dampness made a big rusty spot on the tray. By that time the tray was moved to the garage. It was time to figure out how to save a rusty metal tray with paint.
The first thing I had to do was get the rust off and prepare the tray for paint. I tried using white cleaning vinegar and baking soda. I made a paste and used a scrubby. It didn’t come off like I hoped it would.
Time for the big guns. That’s right I got out the palm sander and sanded away. It did a good job, there was only a little bit of rust left and it was my hope I wouldn’t have trouble. I also felt sanding it was good for the paint to have something to stick to. And because that was a concern I decided to use Poppie’s Paint Powder.
I mixed up a beachy blue and started painting the inner part of the tray. I free handed around the edge. Keep a damp paper towel handy in case any oops need to be fixed.
Now, this took several coats of paint because the small amount of rust I left because it wouldn’t come off. The rust bled through but got better with more layers of paint. Like I say it was several layers. Looking back I would have used primer but the little bit I had was all dried up. And once I start working on a project I don’t want to go to the store unless I absolutely have to.
Once the tray was painted I used 00 steel wool to smooth it out. Use a light touch, you don’t want to distress it. Then to further protect it the tray got a coating of clear glaze. The next time I may try some other product but this works just fine.
Now before I even started cleaning off the tray I got out two types of magnets. I had bought round ones and thin, little rectangle ones that have adhesive on the back. I decided to use the rectangle magnets. Because this is a metal tray that became a memo board.
That is right the magnets stuck to the tray. I chose a pretty paper that matched the paint. Actually, I decided on the paper first and then selected the paint color. I got out 4 glass accent gems and traced them around the paper. Cut out the shape and use Mod Podge on the back so the design shows through the glass.
Brush the Mod Podge on the pretty side of the paper and place on the back of the glass accent. Once it is dry apply the Mod Podge to the plain side. I put on a few coats and after it was dry I was able to put the magnets on. I do have one suggestion, I had one magnet fall off so I glued it back on. Pretty magnets for the tray that became a memo board.
I suppose you can use the tray as a tray when not in use as a memo board. It is a multipurpose tray. But I really am glad I didn’t ruin it because I think it is so pretty now that it is saved. Both as a tray or a memo board.
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Metal Tray (with or without rust) Paint to Match Scrap Box Paper
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