Arm in a Sling Pinterest Project

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.

Just pick one!

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.

2 painted wooden trays

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.

Regal Blue by Krylon Gloss Enamel finish

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.

Tea-dyed toile on top

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.

Trim a square out of the corners of the fabric to remove bulk.

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.

Press the fabric firmly into the corners.

Here’s the tray before.

The tray with hand-painted fruit.

The tray “after” has a plexiglass insert to keep the fabric clean.

The newly updated tray is about 9" by 12".

And here it is ready for use.

The tray in service.

I can’t wait to use it for breakfast tomorrow.

What’re you having for breakfast?

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Young House Love’s Winter Pinterest Challenge

Hi Sugarplum’s Winter Pinterest Challenge

Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

7 thoughts on “Arm in a Sling Pinterest Project”

    1. Thanks for the good words. Pinterest is interesting. I use it mostly to look up specific things (meaning I don’t surf) in conjunction with Google images one can find a picture of almost anything. Jo

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