I have a superfast tray makeover today! I don’t have any pictures during the process. For some reason, I cannot find them. I either deleted them or ????? I do have a before and after though. I paid $4.99 for this at a recent Goodwill haul.
Taking a break
I also want to let you know that this will be my last makeover for a time. I have caught up on most of my little projects and I need to concentrate my efforts on getting our bathroom makeover done.
I’m going on two months of not painting our cupboards and need to get them done. We had a company come in and give us a quote on the shower upstairs (replacing our tub with a shower) and we are not going that route. The quote was $12,000 to replace the tub! After I picked myself up off the floor, I began looking at other options. We now have a shower system coming at the cost of $900. My husband and I will be putting that in and anything else that needs to be done.
working on the flower garden
The other thing I hope to accomplish is planting some veggies and flowers. I haven’t been able to work around the yard since my cancer and the foot problems I’ve had. The beds are in serious need of upkeep. I am going to try my hand at some bulbs and a couple of vegetables. I have been watching gardening videos and hope I can move ahead now that I am able. I spent Friday weeding and I am tired. It has been over two years since I was able to do yard work and I no longer have the energy.
I do have a few projects I have never posted that are finished. I will post them when I can! We also have a storage shed that needs to be emptied or downsized that I need to work on, so as you can see, I have many other projects at hand. My daughter will be leaving in the fall to hopefully finish college and I need to get her things from storage as well.
a good cleaning
Back to the tray
I didn’t care for the red on this tray so I painted it a light gray. I love, love, love the handles and that is why I bought it! I don’t really need another tray, lol, but it is solid wood and in great shape.
First, start by cleaning the tray. It was dirty. I find that soap and water work great, baby wipes or TSP.
Because I did not like the color red, I decided to paint the outside of the tray black, first. The reason was that after I distressed it, the black would come through and not the red paint.
I then mixed Rust-oleum chalk paint in Linen White with a gray paint I had on hand, together. After letting the black paint dry, I painted it with the White Linen mixture.
I decided to leave the stain on the inside of the tray because it looks great. I did manage to have a couple of boo-boos when I went over into the stained area with paint. After it was dry I took a piece of sandpaper and lightly sanded the paint off. Because it was a little lighter after sanding, I used Waverly Antique Wax. Pour some onto a cloth and wipe it all over the inside of the tray to make sure you can’t tell where the new stain is.
I didn’t have to do anything to the handles because like I said, I loved them and they were painted white already.
It was a super easy project (which I’m all about these days). Yes, I could have left it Red but it is my least favorite color.
I then lightly sanded some of the edges to have the black show through and that was that. You could seal the piece if you wanted but I don’t think it needs it for what I intend to use it for.
staying in touch
Check-in from time to time. I will post if I have anything new and will be doing a post on the 1965 bathroom update. Have a great weekend, see you soon!