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A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Monday, January 11, 2016

DIY Faux Lacquer Tray


I've been working on my sewing room lately, and I've come across many things that I just don't need.  It feels good to get rid of them and open up space for things that I love.  Sometimes, however, I discover something that can be re-purposed into one of those things that I love.  


Such was the case with this little wooden tray.



Originally, it held wooden lacing beads that I bought for Katie a while back, but those live in the "Beads & Lacing" bucket in the school room now.  If you don't have an empty tray laying around, you can find unfinished wood trays on Amazon or Etsy, or in your local craft stores.

I decided to find a fabric and some coordinating paint and give it a makeover.


This was the print I ended up going with.  I considered kitties with pink paint, or a couple of other prints.  That's the fun thing about this project:  so many possibilities!  You could coordinate it with any room decor.


I used black acrylic paint to paint the whole tray.  I used 2-3 coats to get it nice and even.


Remember my amazing Mod Podge win?  I got out the fabric podge and painted the back of my fabric.

When it was dry, this made the fabric super easy to handle and trim.  After I was happy with the paint on the tray, I Mod Podge-ed the whole thing a couple of times.  It got nice and shiny, giving it a lacquer like appearance.  You could also use Mod Podge Matte, for a non-shiny look, if you're creating a more subtle project.


Finally, I put a layer of Mod Podge on the inside of the tray, and carefully laid down the trimmed fabric, smoothing out any bubbles.  After it was dry, I added a couple of layers of Mod Podge over the top of the fabric, to give it a protective coating and glossy shine.


So now I've got this finished tray.  What do I do with it?  Well, some people could use it to display perfumes.


Or it could be used to keep hair bows or gumball necklaces in.  Or you could fill it with essential oils.  I haven't really decided what I'm going to do with mine yet, but I'm very happy with how it turned out.  What would you use it for?


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9 comments:

  1. What a beautiful craft! It turned out great!

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    1. Thank you, Susan. I'm feeling really inspired by all this new Mod Podge stuff, so I've got some other ideas brewing, too. :)

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  2. What a great idea. I think we have something just like this lying around. I will have to see if I can snag it up or maybe my little guy will like to make his own box. He Loves creating new things. Thank you for sharing with us at Sitting Among Friends on Wednesdays. I look forward to more posts next week.

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    1. Thanks, Jaime! :) I'm new to your linkup.

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  3. I'm not sure what I'd use it for, but I'd find something! I love it! Thanks for linking it up to the Virtual Fridge - I'm definitely saving this idea to try sometime.

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    1. Thanks, Kym! I've got a cool new idea brewing. Hopefully I'll get it done soon and be able to share with you guys again. :)

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  4. Beautiful! I love repurposed ideas, especially when they come out this beautiful. Nice job and I imagine your sewing are will benefit from it! - Lori

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    1. I've been in there a lot lately! In fact, I just finished a skirt for Hannah tonight. :) Now that it's not full of Christmas and all sorts of other chaos, my sewing room appeals to me much more.

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