Reimagination is the birthplace for vision and change. Your imagination is one of the more valuable talents you have and deserves your full attention. – Susan C Young
We are completely honored to welcome Christina to the Salvage Sister & Mister contributor team. Each month you can look forward to a wonderful post by this incredibly talented lady. Without further ado here is Christina with this months post on a thrift store tray makeover you are going to LOVE.
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FARMHOUSE THRIFT STORE TRAY MAKEOVER
Hello, Salvage Sister and Mister fans! My name is Christina Woodcock and I am so honored to be guest posting on the blog that provides me with so much inspiration. I have been a huge fan of Deborah and Tom’s since the day I started my repurposing and upcycling journey. I am telling you, there is nothing they can’t upcycle! Over on my blog, Christina Faye Repurposed I remake furniture, but lately, I have acquired quite a collection of smaller thrift store finds that have needed love.
One of the things I can’t resist is a tray. I guess you might say I am a tray hoarder. Anytime I see a one, I don’t care what it’s made of, I buy it. Like this poor, ugly duckling. At a price tag of only 99 cents, I could not just let it sit there, all alone on the shelf. See all the purple price tags? I think the thrift store was trying to make a point!
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- Dixie Belle Paint, Caviar
- Damp Cloth
- Paint Brush
- Scrap Wood Pieces
- Chop Saw
- Wood Stain
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
- Tack Cloth
- Tack Nails
- Stencil (Cricut was used to make this one)
I gave the tray a good cleaning with a damp cloth. The color of choice for this project is Dixie Belle Caviar, a deep black, two coats were applied.
The tray had a plastic bottom which did not look that great painted. I wanted the tray to have a more rustic feel. I removed the bottom piece by pushing it out with my hands. It appeared to have water damage, so it removed easily.
I had several pieces of scrap wood strips from a previous project that I knew would make a perfect bottom. I cut the pieces to size to fit the back by using my chop saw. It only took 4 pieces.
I then stained the wood with Minwax English Chestnut.
In order to achieve the worn, old look, I took a piece of 220-grit sandpaper and sanded heavily, allowing the wood to peek through. I removed the sanding dust by wiping the tray with a tack cloth. I then attached my wood strips on the back, using small tack nails.
The Hubs, (a.k.a. The Cricut King) created a vinyl quote that I could add to the base of the tray. After applying it to the wood base, I applied one coat of Polycrylic over the entire tray, including the vinyl.
Note – A Cricut is a great way to customize your project. If you don’t have one, you can also purchase stencils like these…
I would like to thank Deborah and Tom for allowing me to guest post. I hope I have inspired you to repurpose your own thrift store finds and that you will stop by the blog, Christina Faye Repurposed.
And here is the finished tray. I think the tray looks so much better!
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE…
A big thank you to Christina for this amazing farmhouse thrift store tray transformation project. Be sure to check back each month to see her contributor projects and visit her site.
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