I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful weather, as I have been. I’m quite excited to share with you all the wonderful project I've been working on. I have been so excited about doing this for the last month, since I found this little treasure at the Goodwill…
It made me wonder through. What is about the vintage? The Old French Country? The Antiques, that we find that excites us and makes us want to restore or remake them to into something beautiful, something that feels as if it’s from days Gone by?I have in my home a beautiful little floral tray with handles and an edge. I love it!!!
I prepare my noon meal, snack or an early supper and place it on my old floral tray, along with my napkin, my drink, the salt and pepper and butter and take it to wherever I feel like dining. Whether on the front porch, on the couch, down to the garden, or even here at my desk. Did I mention, I love it?
I don’t know if it is so much the tray or the joy of preparing it and then feasting from it as if I was Jane Austin’s “Emma” in the garden and the cook had just brought it to me. I believe it is that feel of yester year that is so simply and elegantly irresistible.. That for those 15-30 minutes were transported back in time… Maybe it’s just me!! But if sounds like you too, you’ll love the project I’m sharing with you today!
So here it is! I happened upon this rather tattered , well-used wooden tray at my favorite thrift store. It had wear, some water mark a few scratches, but over all the bones of it were quite good and I believed with a little chalk paint and some work it could be possible my new little favorite luxury.. Did I mention the price? Oh yes, it was a little more than I usually pay, it was $2.99, but I decided it would be worth it.
So as much as I would love to have some of Ms. Annie Sloan’s beautiful Chalk paint and wax, I simply can not afford it. So, I searched for alternatives to achieve the same type of finish and found that Lowe’s carries Behr’s version of Chalk paint, a sample container for only 4.99!!! Everybody has told me a little goes a long way so I decided to test the theory. And, I am pleased to say I was very happy with the results.. What do you think?
So here’s what I did;
Sanded the tray and wiped clean with damp cloth
Applied 2 coats of Behr’s White Linen Chalk Paint (only took 1/3 of the sample)
Sanded the edges....(distressed it) to my liking
Applied regular wood wax for light woods rubbed it in then wiped of any excess. Waited for an hour then applied Clear Polyurethane That’s it!!!
Used it twice already. I hope you enjoy making something that speaks to your heart today!
The best part of my little tray Re-do; total cost for this project approx. $5.50, given that I have two-thirds of the chalk paint left. What fun I am going to have deciding how to use it!
I hope you all have a Heavenly day!