Dated Decor Turned Weathered Finish Tray
Snatch up that dated, thrift store find and bring it home with you next time you are out shopping! You can repurpose almost anything into something new and useful, like this dated decor turned weathered finish tray.
Today is Trash to Treasure Transformation Tuesday and my friends and I are sharing our lovely newly made over treasures.
If you are new around here, my friends and I get together on the second Tuesday of every month and share our thrift store finds made over.
But first….let me say a big THANK YOU to all of you who responded in the comments or by email to give me your thoughts on our new flooring options. (see this post to see the options I posted)
My husband and I both carefully considered all of the pros and cons of each and I can tell you that your feedback really helped with that.
It was very thought provoking and I’m just so glad I asked. :) We have made a decision, stay tuned!! ;)
Today I’m sharing this old, dated decor turned weathered finish tray.
It started out looking like this….
I like some cow decor but well, this one is not really my style or in the style of my home.
But for $3, I decided to bring it home because I did think a nice, weathered finish tray might be. ;)
By the way, this had hooks on the back so was made for hanging on a wall.
To me, I saw a TRAY. :)
Here’s what I pulled together from my stash to make it….
Those knobs came off of this old dresser I gave a makeover to and the pulls were from our kitchen previously.
I started out by painting it with Graphite Chalk Paint. (I love Rustoleum “chalk style” paint so you could also use this one)
Want to know more about all of the chalk-style paints out there? Check out this post here >>> “26 Types of Chalk Style Paint“
I applied one thin coat, not really worrying if I was giving it full coverage or not.
Since this is a weathered style finish, I wanted to be splotchy looking.
Once it was dry, I followed up with a coat of French Linen.
It looks a little yellow in the photo but it’s actually a nice “greige” color.
I usually use Coco for most of my weathered finishes but I wanted to try something completely different this time.
I should note that I added black first for two reasons.
One – to cover up the red color and cows.
Two – to create a dark “wood” base.
I purposefully left some of the black to show through.
Then I added a lighter color, Country Grey.
This poor paint is so old (years!). It is a bit warmer than I like so don’t use it often.
A good stir and it was good to go.
It’s not really yellow like it appears in the photo but did turn out to be even warmer than I planned.
Oh well, no looking back now! ;)
Next up….can you guess?????
Well, because, I love blue.
And I love the look of a bit of blue with “weathered boards”.
And… I really felt like my weathered finish tray just needed it. :)
Isn’t that so much better?
Yes, it is.
And can you guess the color? Duck Egg Blue.
Again, I purposefully left those other colors underneath visible.
Then I finished it up with White Wax.
The white wax gave it a hint of white which added to the weathered look and blended the colors a bit.
And I thought I was finished.
But I can never leave well enough alone! haha
I decided to add some words. ;) Surprise, right?
I found this quote…..
…and created the free graphic/printable above.
EDITED: One of my lovely readers gave me an apparently much need lesson in grammar and pointed out my grammar error. ;) hee hee, ooops
I copied and pasted this quote directly from Google into my editing program and did not even notice the apostrophes.
So, my tray is wrong…but I’ve edited the printable for you guys, so it is now correct.
Unfortunately I will now have it living in Pinterest land for forever. ;) lol
I had a few other typos (and this same exact one in the body of my text…(not on purpose y’all, I do know when to use “it’s” and “its”, I promise!! lol ) that are all fixed now too, trying to finish a project or write a post late at night is probably not a good idea! ;) Oh, Nancy for the win today, for sure! :p
Click below to get the printable!
And then I hopped onto my Silhouette and cut it out in vinyl to use as a stencil.
Here’s a nice Silhouette bundle if you don’t have one already.
Want to see how easy it is to use your own designs inside of Silhouette? Click here >>> How To Import Your Own Designs Into Silhouette Cameo.
Or you can also use any of these transfer methods to do it if you don’t have a Silhouette machine.
I had planned to use white paint for the lettering ….simple!
BUT…then I decided to try something I’ve had hanging around for forever and a day.
It’s at the top of the picture above, “Fine Stone” by Artisan Enhancements.
It creates a cool raised effect.
I envision using it on something like drawer fronts in a really pretty stencil design.
I think I will give that a go soon.
For the application, I just sort of wiped it over the lettering trying not to “thin” it too much.
Then pulled off the vinyl stencil I made and voila!
I had these slightly raised, really cool, “sandy” looking letters. Fun, fun.
I have a box full of handles from our previous kitchen makeover so grabbed two of those and gave them a spray with Valspar Secluded Garden.
And a little white wash with some white paint.
I glued both on with E6000 glue.
If you want something to stay, glue it with E6000. ;)
Here’s a closeup of the colors….
See how the black creates a nice backdrop?
And how all the other colors create nice depth?
Here it is styled in my family room…
What a difference, right?
It’s so much fun to find these sort of things in the thrift store.
I don’t always know immediately what I will do with things I find but I think I’ve been doing it so long that I know what to bring home, and what not to bring home! ;)
I’m loving my sweet little weathered finish tray.
Who would ever guess there are cows under there. ;)
You can use it anywhere like on a kitchen island or dining table.
I like it here on the ottoman for now. :)
I hope you liked today’s thrifty makeover and my brand “new” treasure. :)
It was so easy to create this do-over. All you need is a little paint!
(and a few old knobs and handles…but you could omit those, too)
Don’t forget to go see what my friends did with their “trash” this month below.
But first PIN this to save it for later!
Check out these fun new makeovers! (the links and corresponding photos are below)
I hope you enjoyed all of the makeovers. To see even more “Trash To Treasure”, click here.
I’ll see you back here on Thursday with a brand new goodie!
UPDATE: You can see this project now >>> here!!
Nancy, I just love the cows gone buh-bye and the coastal charm your tray now has. Such fun to layer and create. Pinning!
Thanks Larissa!! :)
Whenever you use “it’s” substitute “it is” in your head when you read it. If it doesn’t make sense, use “its”. ITS is the possessive word you need to use here. Many people are confused about this but it’s [it is] easy to remember if you use this little trick. Otherwise you did a good with the painting. I especially like the blue.
Thank you for the grammar lesson Pam. ;) I found the “it’s” you are talking about. That was actually a typo not me trying to say “It’s started out looking like this…” That makes no sense at all. I usually proofread and then proofread again. (and again, lol) When you’re writing as you’re thinking about a project you’re trying to explain, there can be typos along the way. I find multiple typos when I go back and read every single time! My son had a procedure yesterday morning and so I was back home late. I still had photos to take, edit and then had to write the post. So at 10 o’clock last night, my typo finding skills might have been a little lacking. ;) Glad you like the blue, it’s my favorite!! xo
I hope your son’s procedure went well! Methinks what Pam was trying to gently say is that there should be no apostrophes in Cousteau’s quote that is stenciled on your beautiful tray. (I’m sure it will still sell and now it is (it’s) on your radar for next time.) ?
Ahhhh, got ya! I didn’t even notice that and surely thought it was somewhere in my writing (and I actually had an “it’s” where I meant to type an “it”, funnily enough). I copied and pasted the quote directly from a page in Google to my editing program and didn’t even notice that at all. Bummer. :/ But yes, there should not be apostrophes there, you are both correct. And on top of that and my other “it’s” typo, I just went back and read through my post and found about 6-7 more typos. I’m a winner today!! haha Thanks for straightening that out for me. :) xo And thank you, my son’s procedure did indeed go well!
Pam, I did not even notice this typo in the graphic/quote I used. Eek. I didn’t know you were referring to that as I found the same exact typo in my text that I had written (you’re probably thinking I’m not very bright…not feeling very bright at the moment! lol) I copied and pasted the quote directly from Google and should have noticed it then, but no! Ah well, what’s done is done but I did fix the graphic for others so at least it won’t be incorrect for them. However, my lovely grammatical error will live on in Pinterest forever! ;) I’m going to have to work on my proofreading skills, for sure. xo
Great makeover! It’s now perfect for your coastal home.
Thanks Paula! Yes, it fits right in! ;) xo
Great makeover as usual. However, I tried to click the printable forever and it will not link up.
Thanks Linda! And oh, oops!! I put the link in the wrong place (in the code). It was late last night and I don’t think I was running on all cylinders by the time I was finishing up! ;) It’s fixed now. :) (here is the link to the printables page where it’s at) :) xo
Hi Nancy, I love what you did with this tray. Adorable!
Love the blue!
Thanks so much Elizabeth! :) xoxo
Talk about a complete transformation! I love the layers of paint and the sentiment. Pinned :)
Thanks so much Marie!! Thanks for the pin too!
I absolutely love it. Great transformation!
Thanks Lizzy! The “sand/stone” was interesting. Will have to play with that again soon! xo
Now I see a good reason to keep those wood knobs I asked about before.
Yes! I have so much “junk” I keep around here! But so glad I do when the times comes up that I need any of it. Which it almost always does! :) xo
So much better without the cows! Love the “sandy” letters, Nancy.
Thanks Marcie! :) That sandy letters were fun and now I’m itching to use it again! ;) xo
This turned out SOOOO good!! Good bye forever cows lol! XO
Thanks Christy! Yesss!!! lol xo
LOVE this!!! Love the color, the technique and the lettering technique! Y’all rock this makeover day!
Thanks Julie! :) This is my favorite day of the month! xo
Soooo cute, Nancy! I love the weathered finish and that you used old knobs for feet!
Thanks Jen! :)
que linda te quedo la bandeja.
una pregunta, puedo hacer lo mismo sobre una bandeja con resina?
Thank you! And yes, you should be able to paint it no problem! :)
la voy a pintar y te mandare fotos, gracias
Sounds great! :)
I like the make-over but I liked the cows, too! I liked learning the process and the different paints that you used to get the final finish on the tray. Those apostrophes would drive me crazy, though! Couldn’t you take some of the paint you used and just paint them out? I know you could do it without it looking blotchy! Or maybe it’s fun just remembering the faux pas, right?
Anyway it looks good with its makeover and is a cute little size to use in lots of places. So, good job!
Oh, haha, yes, it will live on forever here because although I did fix it, I didn’t take new pictures of it to post here. So the pictures still reflect the first version. I did fix the printable/graphic for those that want to upload it! :) And, thank you!!