It’s a cherry-wood tray with areas to put photos under a protective plastic sheet. The plastic is held down by tiny magnets.
I thought it was $2, but I found the price tag and I actually spent $4 on it. Full disclosure, ya know :D
Pretty neat design for photos and all, but the plastic was scratched beyond repair, so this cute little tray would see no more photos.
I wanted to keep the plastic, but I had to deal with the scratches.
Enter Mod Podge! Here it comes…to save the dayyyyy! Mighty Mod Podge!I also got my behind over to Hobby Lobby and picked out some pretty scrapbook paper for 20c a sheet.
Then I Mod Podged the paper right to the plastic tray, one design on the front, and one design on the back. Gotta have options you know :)
Now I have a reversible, water-proof tray liner!
Then I had to do something with the tray itself, since cherry-wood is just a little too red for our decor. I grabbed some “Oregano” Rustoleum and sprayed painted on Sunday during a calm spell in the afternoon.
I finished it up by spraying it with a clear coat:
But…a little too perfect. So I grabbed a sanding block and scuffed it up a little bit, and then I used some of this
to stain the paint and scuffed areas and make the tray look a little more weathered (I also used this stuff on my homemade guest room headboard, and while I had it out, I went over the top of the cedar chest as well, and it did a GORGEOUS job of hiding scratches and shining it up). You just rub it on with a rag and then toss the rag. Couldn’t be easier. Because of the cherry stain on the wood, the scuffed areas on the tray turned out a little bit pinkish/reddish, but I’m ok with that.
And now, my “new old tray”:
It’s in the guest room for now, until I find a better place for it. I figure it will be nice to be able to put those tschotschkes on it to quickly get into the top of the cedar chest.
Not bad for $4 and a little patience!
Thanks for stopping by! I’ll show you next week what I did with that ugly brass lamp :)
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