I had a vision the minute I saw this baby at a yard sale last season. With the $.50 price tag I knew it had to be mine. Well I finally got around to blingin’ it up! Plus I got to use my three favorite mediums: spray paint, Modge Podge and resin!
I went through my stash of scrapbook paper and pulled out a few that went with the decor in my kitchen and living room (red, black, white and robin’s egg blue).
Then I had to do math. Scary. I wanted there to be 25 rectangles on the tray (5 rectangles in length x 5 rectangles in width). The tray itself was 20″ long x 12″ wide. I wanted 1/8″ in between each rectangle on all sides. So I took 20″ – 6/8″( because there was 6 –1/8″ spaces) and got 19 1/4″. Then I divided that by 5 (rectangles) and got 3.85″ and then I did the same thing with the 12 inches. 12″ – 6/8″ (because there was 6 — 1/8″ spaces) = 11.25″. Then I took that number and divided it by 5 (rectangles) and got 2.25″. So each rectangle measured 2.25″ by 3.85″. Are you confused yet? Yes? Good. Just wing it if math ain’t your thing.
Anyway I cut 20 of those and then laid them in place to see how I liked them. After I configured it to my liking I wrote it down so I didn’t have to recreate it again.
Then I sanded all the wood down with 120-grit sandpaper and wiped it clean. Then I taped off the white tray part with newspaper and blue painter’s tape.
Then with American Accents Canyon Black Spray Paint (are you so sick of me saying that??) I gave her a good “once over.”
After she was dry I took a foam brush and some Modge Podge and slathered the back of each piece of paper. Then with my brayer I smoothed out all the bubbles.
HINT: If you ever get bubbles in your modge podge and want to cry get a brayer. You will not cry anymore. It will stick perfectly flat with no bubbles. Just burnish it using a lot of pressure.
I put a layer of Modge Podge over each piece of paper to seal them so the resin wouldn’t discolor it. I had a few spots that I did not Modge Podge well enough. If I were to do this again I would have done two coats of Modge Podge just to be sure they were well sealed.
I worked from left to right, then up, then over, then down and then filled in the middle pieces. I worked semi-fast pressing the pieces down and then spacing them like I liked and then burnishing them down with a brayer.
Then I mixed Envirotex Lite according to the package directions. Like I have said before about this stuff: READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY ON THIS. It is kinda pricey to just wing it and you have to mix it SUPER well. Then I poured it all over the tray spreading it out with a plastic knife to all sides.
When you use this medium you have to babysit it for an hour or so to get all the bubbles out. Every 10 minutes I would walk by it and take a lighter and sway it over the top where the bubbles arose to pop them. You could also use your hot breath to pop them but I prefer a lighter. I don’t want to get my nose any closer to that stuff than I have to.
Let it sit for 24 hours and then admire it. The Envirotex Lite gives it a glasslike look and makes it G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S!!!
I was going to use it for a laptop tray but I think it is too pretty for that. It would look great in my kitchen with some cutesy canisters on it or something. I don’t know yet. But it will get used. All the stuff I had from leftover projects so this literally cost me $.50. Amazing transformation wouldn’t you say?