How You You Can Have A Tray Making Frenzy Part II continues, this time using wood rounds. You can read about Part I here. Actually how you can have a tray making frenzy started with this idea. I was inspired by the serving tray, Lisa of Celebrate Creativity made and thought it would be a good item for Shoppe No. 5. I got the 15 inch wood round.
And did you know people are either drawn to circles or squares? I learned that so long ago when I was in art school. I like circles so I lean towards this tray.
When I bought the pulls, this was the tray that was going to get the set where the screws would have to go up through the bottom. And I did get the screws. When I went back to get new pulls because the man at the hardware store said he couldn’t find screws that would work on the other set I decided to get pulls with the holes visible.
The pulls I bought during the second shopping trip come in brushed nickel and a bronze like finish. I bought the silver color ones because I had decided to use the white pickling stain. I liked this tray so much I decided to keep it. Right now it is on my kitchen table with a plant on it. I used Polycrylic on this, applying three coats, sanding between each coat using a 220 grit sandpaper.
To put the pulls on I measured and then drilled small pilot holes. I used silver color screws to blend with the pulls.
Because I liked the white tray and decided to keep it I went to Home Depot to pick up another wood round. I got a wood round in 17 inches. The tray I kept is the foundation for all of the centerpieces on the kitchen table. You can see it in the Patriotic table setting. Then again for the summer look.
And now here is where I will show you what I did differently from the other trays.
For another project I made the stain from vinegar and steel wool. My friend mentioned how cool it looks and I should give it a try. I ended up using the whitewash stain on the tabletop it was intended for but decided to use the rust stain on the 17-inch tray. Now I don’t even buy stain. I keep a supply on hand for projects.
I was running low on the apple cider vinegar and decided to use a combination of red wine vinegar and apple cider. It is my understanding the color is different based on the type of vinegar used. I left the glass jar on the kitchen counter. Finally I decided it needed to move out to the garage and be used. When I made it, I didn’t measure, using a glass spaghetti sauce jar I put in the # 0000 steel wool, you can tear it up so it mixes faster, added the vinegar to about midway and left it. Every so often I would swoosh it around.
I started by wiping the, what I call the rust stain on the wood round with a paper towel. Use a sponge brush. That worked perfectly. Before staining, I sprayed the wood with water to allow the grain to open. The wood takes the stain better. You use it like any other stain. I wiped it back and then applied another coat. I ended up staining it three times, both sides.
I like it. It is a nice clear stain allowing the wood grain to show through. I am going to try it again using other types of vinegar. Once it dried, I coated the tray using the Polycrylic, it was three coats on this tray also.
The day I bought the larger wood round I stopped and bought the bronze like pulls. I also used gold wood screws so it would blend with the pulls.
So this is the story of How You Can Have a Tray Making Frenzy Part II. Whether you lean toward lineal lines or circles there is a tray for every taste.
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Materials Used in This Project
Old Glass Jar Sandpaper
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