seaside trays

i’m excited to show you these three trays i worked on over the weekend using my annie sloan chalk paint again (still really loving it!!!) this time trying out the dark wax for the first time, with fab results…i  love that it made them look like they are well loved & used ;)

SS Tray 5

i apologize, but i don’t have a picture of these trays before i started, could swear i took one, but can’t find it on my phone…grrrrrrr…..hate it when that happens! here is a picture of one i found online that is similar to the ones i bought recently, but mine were in waaaay worse condition, hence why i paid a total of $6 for all three.

SS Tray 2

anyway…i started by cutting out handmade stencils (using designs i found at free stencil gallery & taking inspiration from coloring book pages online) using my scan n cut machine. i wanted to keep the basic designs simple, so I chose a crab, a lobster and a sea turtle, because it fit in with my continuing ocean themed designs.

SS Tray 8

i painted two heavy coats of ascp on the back of the trays first (as they were in really bad shape with paint chipping off every time i touched them!) then started working on the fronts, choosing random polka dots, stripes and flourishes to add needed accents to my little sea life. i used fine grit sandpaper to distress them sufficiently, making them look like they’d been around a fairly long time…then coated with annie sloan clear wax first to seal, then buffed in small amounts of the dark wax in areas that would naturally be the most used.

SS Tray 3

i had removed and discarded the worn brittle plastic handle wraps original to the trays, so decided to replace them with smooth jute twine (by may arts) neatly wrapped around the handles to complete the seaside theme…

SS Tray 6

SS Tray 7
this was a super fun project, restoring these neglected items to once again become useful, perhaps serving drinks on the patio!

wondering if you all still use trays?!? i know i do when i need to bring things from room to room, saves a few precious steps anyway…please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below & as always thanks for dropping by :)

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5 comments on “seaside trays
  1. Dana says:

    Very cool JJ!!

  2. Diane says:

    they turned out great!

  3. Joyce says:

    thanks so much! i appreciate you dropping by dana :)

  4. Joyce says:

    aww, thanks diane!! i’ve been having a great time working on all these projects :)

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