Friday, November 22, 2013

A little bit of gold is all I need....

Here's to a little "Midas" touch

     The next tray project I am about to show you took me all of 30 minutes to put together, and less than $20 bucks.  If you don't already own some of the items I used below expect to pay around $25.  I really think I got a lot of glam factor from this project.  As I have admitted in my last post, I LOVE TRAYS...and once I figure out how to install my little Pinterest button on my blog, you will see an entire board dedicated to just them.  

     Okay, onto the details. I purchased an unfinished wood tray from Michael's craft store for $5.99.  Actually I purchased two, but that's going to have to wait for another post.  I spray painted it white, but really you can do any color that fits your home decor. It's what I had on hand, and since it will be going in my bedroom, the white really worked best.  It takes about 10 minutes in between each coat to dry, and I gave it 2 coats.  This is definitely something you want to do outside or in a very well ventilated room. 



     Next, I decided I wanted some sort of design in the middle of the tray but I have ZERO artistic abilities, unless stick figures are considered "artistic"?  Enter one of my favorite companies (I am not sponsored by any companies, these are my opinions and preferences), called Craft Cuts.  You can find the link here.  They offer a wide range of both vinyl and wood lettering, not to mention various shapes.  I decided on a yellow oval in the middle and then a wall art/decorative end #223 in white to go on top of that.  I measured out the dimensions of the inside of the tray and then kind of guessed as to what size I wanted the vinyl cut-outs to be.  It took about a week to arrive and was around $10 dollars.  


All you need to do is peel off the backing and place it on the desired location.  The majority of the time, I just use my finger to rub it on, but at times I have used a credit card.



As you can see here, I simple placed the second design on top and gently rubbed it on and then peeled the paper away.  I did decide my tray needed a little more glamour, so I grabbed my Krylon gold leaf marker and colored the insides of the handles and the top. I  purchased this marker at Michael's a while back.  Again not terribly expensive at around $5. 


I use this tray to showcase some of my milk glass pieces that I have found of course at the thrift store. 





If I am feeling a little ambitious later on. then you should check my next post later today titled "What's for dinner"?  I have a really hot dinner recipe to share with you all.