Marian's old posts.I've mentioned before how much I love Miss Mustard Seed and all of her amazing transformations. I had a couple of wooden trays downstairs that I've started painting numerous times, but have never finished. (When things don't turn out like I picture in my head, I have the bad habit of giving up!) I found some inspiration for my trays recently, though, while looking through some of
I didn't snap a before picture of the tray, but it had been painted a dark blue around the outside and a cream on the inside. I decided to use the same light blue color on the trays that I had used on my Goodwill mirror.
I coated the tray with two coats of chalk paint and then hand painted a design in white.
I wanted to make the white details pop a little more, so I shaded a bit with gray paint.
Then I sanded over the details when the paint was dry to blend the colors together.
I sealed the piece with some clear varnish and then sanded the edges. Normally I sand first because I don't like the sealed finish to be roughed up. But since the piece had been previously painted, I couldn't distress it. When I applied the antiquing stain, it soaked a little more into the places that had been sanded giving it a slightly more distressed look.
And now, after many years of sitting in a box in the basement, the trays are done. I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out. What do you think?