Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tray Transformations

You probably guessed what I would do with this tray:
Who doesn't need another chalkboard?! I love the size and shape of this one.

I wanted to do a little something different with the brass tray I bought.
I spray painted it Heirloom White and then printed off our monogram in a font that I liked. I cut them out and traced them on the tray.

I wanted a tone on tone look so I painted the monogram in a light beige color.
Obviously I was not going for perfection:
I still wanted more of an antique look so I watered down some dark brown paint and brushed it over the whole tray. Then I wiped most of it off with a paper towel. This was kind of a "make it up as you go" project which is how I like them. They rarely turn out like I pictured them in my head but I always end up liking them.
I'm glad I didn't walk away from this $3 tray. I didn't know what I was going to do with it when I bought it but I liked the shape and the detail. So if you see a good deal and you know it has potential, snatch it up! It might sit in your closet for awhile but something will eventually come to you.

84 comments:

Carrie said...

Great ideas! This is part of my problem...I would have walked away because I couldn't decide what to do with the tray right away!

Sarah said...

The trays looks great and have given me some ideas for some things in my attic!

Heart Wife said...

What a great idea ~ and it looks beautiful!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

It looks great - what a good eye you have.

Emily said...

That is so neat! I am still wanting to try the chalkboard tray out... this other idea is so cute too! You are too creative!

Alyce said...

I would like just an ounce of your creativity! Gorgeous!

Brittany said...

Oh wow! I really need to find me some antique trays. They would make such good gifts as chalkboards!

Thanks for sharing. You're so talented!

Stephanie said...

Shannon-

Those look great! These would make great gifts too! :)

The Chubby Dove said...

Great job! It looks beautiful.

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

I have so many great trays, and every time you show me one I tell myself I am going to do it...tomorrow. :) Now, i need to stop buying them and get painting. So easy and instant gratification. :)
I love yours!

motherof3fellows said...

what flea markets do you hit in the Little Rock area? I live around there also!

You found some great things.

Alex and Jill said...

Brilliant!

Tricia Anne said...

Hi Shannon~
I really like how your trays turned out. I have seen so many silver trays and have passed them by - I need to make a run of it and try something like this myself. :o)
I hope that you have a nice day.
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Lauren and Jon said...

I love both of the projects! You did a great job, I may have to use these ideas around my house. :)

Betsy said...

Those are both so pretty. Love your handwriting.

Shelby said...

Oh Wow! I LOVE the monogrammed tray!

bec4 said...

I love these doing things with these little trays--they are so easy and inexpensive to find. The monogram is great!

Dawn said...

I love that monogrammed tray! Very pretty!

Lindy said...

Love it! You are so stinkin' creative!

Darlene said...

Both of those trays came out GREAT!

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

I love them both, they look Fabulous!

Vanilla Lavender said...

I adored them!! Shannon, they are great!!!

BellaDella said...

Love it. It looks great!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

ooooh I LOVE these!!! and i love the easel for the monogrammed tray, where did you get it? I have wanting to go get some chalk board paint and i just LOVE what you did with the other tray too, gorgeous! i can't wait to find some myself and copy you!

Rambling Girl said...

Shannon...such cute stuff you have and all the thrift stuff. You really do rack up in the goodies!

Love the chalkboard paint. I bought my first can and will do something with mine soon. I have a few ideas!

Love the other platter!

Melissa said...

You are so talented! I can't begin to tell you how many trays I have seen at thrift stores and garage sales that I didn't buy. I am so glad I found your blog!

Cherit said...

The tray is beautiful! I love your ideas. I was recently in Prescott, Arizona browsing through an antique shop and I thought about you. I don't have the eye you have (at least not yet) to find wonderful deals, but I'm trying. Thanks for sharing you creations!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

I love, love, love your trays!

Southern Fried Gal said...

Wow! Both turned out so cute! I pick up trays and then promptly put them back down. I need to go back and look with these projects in mind.

Katie said...

I love what you did with that brass tray! (That big one was originally brass, right?) I love the look of the brush-stroked letters...it's perfect! I agree...the lines of both of those trays are so unique. I have several of those (can I call them hideous?) brass candlesticks that you find for $1 or less each at the thrift stores...they are spraypainted black and you never would know they were once tat ugly outdated brass.

Heather said...

Oh Shannon I love these!!! I love the second plate alot!! Where did you get the easel that it is sitting on?? I like the shape of the first plate too!! Great job!!

Jeni said...

Shannon those turned out so good. Thank for sharing such fun and cheap projects! I really love that monogram one you made. Now I need to keep my eye out for some trays.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I just knew you were going to do something beautiful like this! Pretty pretty~

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very Pretty - both of them
Great job.
Glenda

Creekmore's said...

Both trays look great! Did you know you can now buy dry erase board paint? A lady at work was talking about it a couple weeks ago. She said they had it at Lowe's.

Angie said...

I see major copying in my near future! Both of these trays turned out just fabulous!

Creekmore's said...

Oh, I also meant to tell you...A couple of weeks ago my husband and I went over to Eureka Springs for an anniversary trip and there were a couple of stores that you would have gone crazy in. They are both in the downtown area and one especially I could have seen you buying everything they had. LOL She had adorable things. Not sure if you go over there often, and coming to think of it, maybe you shouldn't. LOL

Amanda said...

I love your monogrammed tray! What a good idea... will have to do some thrifty shopping soon :-)

Steph said...

Love the tone on tone monogram tray. Beautiful!

duchess said...

Absolutely love the monogrammed tray. It looks great there.
You're always full of inspiration.

Jennifer said...

I might 'borrow' your idea and do that to a tray I have?? They look great!

Sarah Fries said...

Wow, that is awesome. I LOVE how it turned out. I will definitely be keeping my open for something similar!

hi-d said...

You are so creative! I love it! I may just have to try that sometime. FUN, FUN!

~aj~ said...

I don't know how you do it, Shannon. I never would have thought of either one of these ideas, but they both turned out beautiful!

Kristin said...

Those are great ideas! I love the monogram one and how it turned out. I might have to do this in my house. I'm hoping that I have a tray I can use in my garage!

Becky said...

I love them!!! I am so impressed with your creativity and talent. : )

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Of course it looks beautiful! I love the tone on tone look with the monogram. I am a huge sucker for anything with a monogram.

~Amanda

Jill said...

love, love, love it!

jenjen said...

Sooo cute. You are amazing!!!

XOXO
Jen

Tausha said...

I am loving the cream tray. I would have never thought to do that. I must find me a tray so I can copy. I have just the spot!! Thanks-as always for the awesome inspiration!!
You rock girlfriend. BTW-how is your sister doing. Feeling better I hope. There is nothing worse than feeling crappy. It is times like that when it makes us all especially grateful for our health.

Sandra said...

What a great idea! I'll have to make sure and snatch one of those trays when I see them at yard sales!
Blessings,
Sandra

the undomesticated wife said...

Never pass up a good deal, especially if it's under $10. That's my rule! ;)

LuLu said...

You are having fun with all these creative idea!! I need to get my chalkboard paint back out!! :)
LuLu

Cari said...

I would never know what to do with most of the great things you decorate with! I love these ideas you always have :)

themarlatts said...

I'm so happy to see these! I bought a few at the dollar store that I loved the shape of, but couldn't decide what to do with them. Now I know! :)

Jennifer said...

Absolutely LOVE that monogrammed tray! :)

Karyn said...

I wish I was half as creative as you. Blessings!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Wonderful projects. I have got to get my husband to cut a piece of wood that I am doing a blackboard out of. Yours looks great! Jackie

3LittleByrds said...

Love it. Another great job.

Lana said...

What a beautiful transformation! I love it! You have great ideas!

Lori said...

Always an inspiration. Looks great!

Sabrina said...

Thanks for the ideas. Great job. I can't believe you came up with all that. Very impressive.

Michelle said...

Both trays look great, but the first one pictured is GORGEOUS and my very favorite so far! Love it!! The shape is amazing!

Laurie said...

I love both trays, you have great ideas!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

I love how you set up your little table with the tray. You always make such great vignettes (sp??). I always get so inspired when I see what you have done.

fanzy-pants said...

I LOVE the trays! They would make wonderful house warming gifts. I have a few to go to this summer and will now be on the hunt for some trays to turn into “chalk boards”. I’ve looked through your older postings and have really enjoyed all your great ideas….such an inspiration to get my but in gear and finish some of my decorating projects. I’ve recently started a blog of my own (it’s about decorating, crafts, cooking and so on). I’m still learning how everything works but am having a lot of fun with it! Looking forward to seeing more projects in the future!

Brown Girl said...

Gosh, you are so talented. Not fair! I love the chalkboard idea, cute cute!

Joy said...

Wow, how clever you are. I love them. My Mom had some old silver trays she didn't want anymore. I will have to nab one up.

Jules from "The Roost" said...

I absolutely love both of them! WONDERFUL idea!

Girl with the Curlz said...

I love that monogrammed tray. So cute!! You have the best ideas as always. Your creativity inspires me.

Linda

Christie in Dallas, TX said...

I just stumbled across your blog and love it. Great ideas and pictures. Your Sunday songs are neat also!

-Christie

Richella said...

These are wonderful tray transformations. I've seen the tray-to-blackboard transformations several places, and I like yours best. And as for painting the brass one--that's really great! Thank you for sharing your good ideas.

Katy said...

Be still my heart!!

Paul & Merideth said...

Hello fellow Mrs. Davis :) -
I just couldn't resist saying hello after reading this fun post! I have been LOVING all your precious fun chalkboard trays, so keep 'em comin'! I keep sending your blog links out to all my girlfriends so they can get in on the idea, too! Thanks for sharing with all us us! In Christ, a fellow blogger, Merideth

The Photo Goo said...

I love this idea. I just found 4 pewter plates at a flea market. Now I need to decide if I want to use the chalkboard paint or paint them all cream with a monogram . . .

To The Moon and Back said...

Love those transformations! Are those silver trays?

Katie said...

Hey Shannon! Yes, I will definitely post some pictures of the red chalkboard platter. I am redoing my living room with some red accents, and I had put the red trays away from Christmas out in the garage. So I'm pulling them out this week to see if they will work in the living room. I'm hoping they work in there. But even if they don't, I'll post them!

I was going to ask you if your "No Soliciting" sign has been working. My SIL mentioned that she has a problem with that, and I told her you were hanging a cute sign to see if it worked. Any luck with it??

Happiness Is... said...

Gorgeous! Love your creativity and ideas!

number17cherrytreelane said...

VERY cool. I think this is going to be implemented TOMORROW! Yeah!

Marcia said...

I love LOVE your tray! Can you please tell me how you did the monogram? They would make fabulous gifts.

You are one talented lady!

Katie said...

I need to pay you for one of these, simply awesome. I love it.

Erin said...

Love the chalkboard paint + tray idea! Fun stuff...looking around to see what I can use the remainder of my can of chalkboard paint on (one wall in my laundry room took up most of it!). Thanks for the idea!

Erin said...

Love the chalkboard paint + tray idea! Fun stuff...looking around to see what I can use the remainder of my can of chalkboard paint on (one wall in my laundry room took up most of it!). Thanks for the idea!

Room to Inspire said...

I love the monogramed letters...looks great and I LOVE the price! I will be putting this in my mental idea folder :)

Chelsea