Crafty CFriday and a Giveaway Winner

Friday, March 25, 2011

Remember that pile of junk Cora and I collected last month?  I shared some of my “afters” a few weeks ago and just recently got around to finishing up another project.  So just to jog your memory…

02 05 11_5084You see that tray?  That’s my latest victim…

02 13 11_4993Pretty, right?  I taped over the copper corners to prepare for painting.

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There’s nothing wrong with mixing Firestarters, aerosol cans, and flammable paint, right?  We like to pay extra attention to safety around here…

Next, I printed this beautiful image off of Graphics Fairy and cut it out.

Here comes the part where I forgot to take pictures so you’ll have to use your imagination…

After several coats of spray paint, I set out to back track all of my hard work and sanded down the tray, focusing on the edges and corners. 

Once it was sufficiently distressed, I applied the paper image to the tray using Mod Podge {for the first time ever- can you believe I’d never used Mod Podge?!} and quickly learned a few valuable lessons:

1. When trying to make something look old and antiqued, glossy Mod Podge is not the way to go.  Should have used matte.

2. The Mod Podge seals the paper to the woods in exactly the way the paper looks.  This might sound obvious, but I quickly realized I should have messed up the paper (crinkled it, ripped it, etc.) before I applied it to the tray.  This misstep added several steps onto creating the tray I had imagined.

The image was bright, beautiful, and blue with a high gloss sheen.  I wanted dull, damaged, and distressed.  I mixed a bit of white paint and water to white wash the top of the tray to dull the blue.  I sanded again, re-white washed, beat it with a hammer, scraped it up with a flathead screwdriver—anything I could do to beat the crap out of it.

And then I had it!  It was done… I love my shabbed up, vintage French tray!  The same one I found on the side of the curb sittin’ in the rain.

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This project took me a little while to finish, but in retrospect it really didn’t need to.  Done right, this is a four step project of painting, sanding, ripping, and Mod Podging.  Now I just have to figure out where to put it…

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Moving on from Crafty CFriday… to FGiveaway FWinner Friday!

I used a random number generator, entered the numbers between 1 and 18 {the number of comments} and it spit out the number…

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TWO!

And the 2nd comment belongs to Natalie!!  Congratulations, Natalie!  Not only is she a proud new homeowner, she’s the new owner of these cute plates:

Thomas Paul - Sea Life Coaster Dish (Set of 4)Thomas Paul - Sea Life Dessert Plate (Set of 4) 

 

 

 

 

{Natalie, shoot me an email with your address and I’ll get these to you ASAP!}

Thank you SO much for taking the time to enter the giveaway.  For my first one, I think it was pretty successful and I hope to offer you something great again soon!  I love hearing from all of you and I’m already thinking about my next “Would You Rather?”

Happy Friday!!

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