Over at Young House Love Sherry threw out yet another Pinterest Challenge. This time she and her friends are only setting aside one week to get the deed done. So I opened my Pinterest page “Jo’s Projects” to see what I could get involved in this past weekend.
I would need a project for which I have most of the materials and something I could accomplish with my left arm in a sling. I also write left-handed so it should not include fine motor skills like writing. I’m fairly ambidextrous with a can of spray paint, paintbrushes and scissors. (Am I working the sympathy vote too much?!) I zeroed in on some trays which I had purchased for a song at a rummage sale.
I use the smaller of the 2 almost everyday because it’s light (I can carry it with one hand) and it holds a plate and beverage (perfect for breakfast or a snack).
This inspiration tray which I saw on Pigtown Designs seemed ideal.
I sanded the small tray on all sides then spray painted it with Krylon Regal Blue which I would describe as a bright navy blue.
I took a piece of blue-on-white toile and tea dyed it to take away some of the harshness of the white background. Then I starched it using a medium starch (1 cup liquid starch to 3 cups of water). I was hoping the starch would minimize fraying when I trimmed the fabric to the tray.
I decided on the scene I wanted centered on the tray. I trimmed the fabric about an inch longer all around than the finished size and cut corners out of the fabric. I sprayed the wrong side of the fabric with spray adhesive.
I let the whole thing dry then trimmed the fabric with a razor blade much like trimming wallpaper. Then (for good measure?) I covered the fabric with a layer of Modge Podge.
Here’s the tray before.
The tray “after” has a plexiglass insert to keep the fabric clean.
And here it is ready for use.
I can’t wait to use it for breakfast tomorrow.
What’re you having for breakfast?
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