I have always suspected furniture talks to us. It tells us how to paint it. I have proof with this tray. For this month’s Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge, it was the tray’s turn to be made over. Except not in the way I planned. I was painting the vintage piano stool and decided to paint the tray in the same color. The tray wasn’t having it. This is the story of the tray that wanted a beach look.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | Domestically Creative – Pili | My Sweet Things
Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela – Jeanie | Create and Babble
Molly | Just a Little Creativity
Marie | The Inspiration Vault – Michelle | Michelle James Designs
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications – Dru | Polka Dot Poplars
Pam | P.S. I Love You Crafts – Gail | Purple Hues and Me
Jennifer | Cookies Coffee and Crafts – Toni | Small Home Soul
Sue | A Purdy Little House – Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home
Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled – Marie | DIY Adulation
Michelle | Our Crafty Mom – Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Maureen |Red Cottage Chronicles – Denise | My Thrifty House
Florence | Vintage Southern Picks – Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Yamilette | The Latina Next Door
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I was using milk paint and will admit I didn’t add the extra bond. It flaked off. I decided to add some. This tray wasn’t having it. The paint still flaked off. And not in a good way. I get the picture. The tray has to be painted in a different way.
Not one to give up I went in a completely different direction. The tray was sanded clean. I started all over again. I decided to paint it a pretty beachy blue.
The tray calmed down and the paint soothed its soul. It took two coats.
It needed a little something extra. To give the tray some personality, I decided to letter “Let’s Go to the Beach”. The computer is a great way to letter if you don’t have a cutting machine to make a stencil. Just decide on a font and size and print it out.
Decide on the placement and trace it on the tray. I like using Saral paper to use to trace the words on a surface. It is like carbon paper for crafters. Plus it is reusable.
I painted in the letters with a sand color craft paint. It took 2 coats.
Sand the tray to smooth it out. Wax it with a coat of clear wax. I went back over it with the dark.
The tray that wanted a beach look got it. The beach look suits the style of the tray. All was well. Does your furniture speak to you?
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