I have a cute DIY makeover today!
Not only cute but simple and fast! The longest process was the paint and sealer drying.
If you remember, I found this metal tray at Goodwill for $4.99. This is what it started as. I don’t know what was used for the bottom of the tray but we are going to make our own from leftover scraps!
After cleaning the metal off, I painted the tray with Rust-oleum spray paint in a gloss white paint. It took a couple of coats of paint to get full coverage.
While the tray was drying, I found a leftover piece of underlayment that I had used in our downstairs makeover and cut it to the size. I just measured the inside of the tray and made my cuts on the chop saw accordingly.
sand your wood
I then sanded the edges of the underlayment and rounded them off, making sure it fits the space I was working with. Paint or stain the scrap wood that you are using. I chose to paint mine with Rust-oleum Linen White Chalk paint.
I thought it to plain so I decided to add a transfer. I have many transfer pieces leftover from other projects and it was just a matter of finding the right look!
This was the original transfer I was going to use but in the end, I really didn’t care for the look. I thought it was too heavy for this piece. So I kept looking through my transfers and found this one.
Don’t you love it?! It gives it a simple, pretty look that I was going for! I also used the number 1889 and the wording from the scraps I had on hand! The IOD Sunflower transfer is from the Painterly Florals Transfers at Jamirayvintage. The ephemera below the sunflower is retired.
seal the deal
After placing the transfer onto the painted board, I used Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic to seal it down. This will make sure the paint and the transfer are sealed and protected! I used the Polycrylic because that is what I had on hand but any sealer will work.
The board I used is thin enough that it sets on top of the straps just perfectly. You could glue it down if you felt the need too but I did not.
first time using transfers
If you have never used transfers, they are just like stickers. Cut out the design you want and leaving the backing on, place it onto the project you are working with. When you have decided on the placement of the transfer, peel off the protective backing and place the sticky side down onto your project. Take the scraping tool that comes with your transfer sheets and use it to go over your design until little by little the transfer comes off the backing and sticks to your project. If you find that there is a piece of the transfer that did not come off, just lay the design back down and go over it with the tool again. Once you have the transfer down run your hand over the design to make sure it is stuck in place.
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