Thursday, November 14 2013

Tray makeover: Add mo personality

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A ’stache-themed makeover for Movember, the moustache-growing charity event

Unlike a sofa, a tray is something you can make over frequently to update your decor.

It’s essentially the ‘accent pillow’ of the coffee table that can be more jazzy and trendy, adding personality to those neutral furniture elements in the home.

Tray makeovers are as varied as the moustache, so to whet your palate, we will show you two easy ways to get mo personality using Mod Podge, paper and chalkboard paint (the moustache theme is optional).


Paper tray: Tray (repurpose an old one or buy a new wooden/plastic one at craft/dollar store), Mod Podge, acrylic paint (Martha Stewart Craft Paint in Pea Shoot), paper (used moustache scrapbook paper from Michaels, 99 cents) and scissors/X-acto knife. Chalkboard: Martha Stewart Chalkboard paint in black, chalk, painter’s tape. 

How-to: Mo trays

1. Paper:

  • This moustache tray used paper for its makeover, specifically ’stache scrapbook paper I found at Michaels (99 cents).
  • I bought unfinished wooden trays from a craft store and sanded the surface. I then painted the outside and inner rim of the tray with acrylic paint. (Martha Stewart Craft Paints in Pea Shoot).
  • Mod Podging: To decrease wrinkles and bubbles, apply a medium layer of Mod Podge and place paper on top, smoothing it out gradually with a brayer/baren (or a flat edge) if you can. *Tip: Let this dry before you apply the top coat of Mod Podge.
  • For more tips on Mod Podge wrinkle reduction, head here.

2. Chalkboard:

  • I liked the wood and chalkboard look as-is, because this way its motifs can change with what you draw.
  • Place painter’s tape around the sides to keep paint from straying from the bottom.
  • I painted three layers of chalkboard paint in the centre, letting it dry in between. Then let it sit for 24 hours, rub chalk on the chalkboard surface to cure it and you’re good to go.


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