My name is Cate.
I am addicted to spray paint.
When I found Tiffany’s fabulous blog a few months ago, I read through some Spray Painters Anonymous posts and felt like I’d found my people! Gals who glimpse a beat up ole piece of furniture and can only see the glossy bright potential? That’s me, fo sho.
Most of the time I like the finished product to be shiny and new looking, but for this project I had a different plan. And that’s the beauty of spray painting…the versatility! I found this faux bamboo tray at a local thrift shop. I love a square tray. They seem to add more visual interest than more common rectangular ones. I paid the $5 they were asking, but the original World Market tag was still on the back for $19.99. Don’t you love to know exactly how much you save?
The interior of the tray is exactly 12×12″, so I raided my stash of pretty scrapbook paper for a fun liner. These were the final contenders…all lovely, no?
I decided on the overtly feminine floral one, in honor of impending spring.
These are the products I used for the project:
|TSP to prep, primer, paint, mod podge, antiquing glaze, clear enamel|
I roughed the tray’s finish up with sand paper, wiped it down with TSP, then gave it a light coat of primer. Next up, a glossy coat of green to complement the paper.
I almost stopped here, enamored with the glossy goodness. But, I trudged on with my plan. I used the sandpaper again to expose some wood around the edges and to highlight the bambooness. Then I applied a thick layer of Mod Podge to the tray with a foam brush and laid the paper in place. Another layer of Mod Podge on top sealed the paper.
The next day, once the MP was all dry, I used the antiquing glaze to add more wear and age to the tray, then finally sealed it all with a glossy clear coat.
I’m quite pleased with how it came out! I have it in our master bedroom now, and it really complements the floral pillows there. This is the first look into our master I’ve ever shown online. I’ll be posting more pics soon for my Our House series.
I’ve got some bigger spray paint projects waiting in the wings, which need upholstery replaced, too…here are a few:
I’m just itching to start that office chair on the left. It is SO ugly now, but boy, can I see the potential. A happy, glossy color on the frame, and a fresh graphic fabric on the seat and back. Can’t wait! Like most spray paint addicts, I’m waiting for more consistently warm temps before starting on these.
Well, y’all, thanks so much for checking out my project! I’d just love it if you stop by my blog to see how these other projects turn out! You can subscribe or like me on Facebook so you don’t miss a thing.