Tray DIY

I drop off donations at the back door of the Hospice Thrift Shop in Homosassa Springs and then go in the front door and look for things I don’t need.  Such a silly cycle.  But I’m always on the hunt for trays.  They are so useful, can be updated easily, and are really expensive at retail.  This treasure was marked $12.50 but the store was having a 20% discount.  I was especially thrilled with the really cool lucite handles.

Tray DIY

Tray DIY

So thrilled that I let it sit on my workbench for about six weeks.  Finally yesterday I had some inspiration to get it DONE! (Nothing like having a party looming to get me inspired!) First the handles had to be removed. Some sanding, a coat of primer on the inside of the tray since I wasn’t sure what the material was, then a couple coats of Krylon Metallic paint. When I put the handles back on I realized that they were brass.  Really tarnished but I could see the brass color inside the lucite part.  Cool.  Got the Brasso out.  Shined those babies up.  Perfect!

Tray DIY

I love it sitting on the liquor cabinet.  I picked up that little pretty while shopping with Michelle at Renninger’s Antique Extravaganza in Mt. Dora.  I wanted to just clean up the cabinet and restore the original finish but it was too damaged.  Some wood putty, sanding, a couple coats of Kilz Primer followed by Pewter Gray spray paint.  Voila!  Bar!

Tray DIY

I posted about the magnetic chalkboard back in August. I’ve been browsing Pinterest and the blogosphere looking for something Christmasy to put on the chalkboard–clever but not gushy sentimental. I found this idea on one of the many blogs I follow, Our Fifth House.  Basically, just draw a tree and use clipon earrings as ornaments.  I took old broken jewelry and stuck magnets on the back and onto the tree.  So much easier than the real thing–but doesn’t smell as good!

Tray DIY

Went to a “wine” tasting at ABC Liquor in Crystal River with a bunch of neighbors this week.  Fun!  Along with wine, there was plenty of beer and liquors to taste. Picked up these yummy liquid delights for the holidays!

Tray DIY

And these are my drunk reindeer.  Thought it was appropriate that they be included on the bar!

Tray DIY

So happy I was finally inspired to finish the tray.  I love how it looks and will love using it for all my festive gatherings over the next month.  Cheers!

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