Hey Y’all from The Outer Banks. Jeremy and I are currently on vacation for 7 whole days!!!!! Why am I doing a post on vacation you ask?? #1- no kids are here this week # 2- Jeremy is fishing his heart out and I have the house to myself, #3- I LOVE blogging!!! I couldn’t stay away if I tried.
Ok, so my plan for this week was to stop at a few random thrift shops on our 8 hour drive down to north Carolina and find my next blogging project. Great idea, right!!! Well, I quickly found out my car wasn’t big enough for all the good deals I found. So I packed and re-packed until it all fit 🙂 One of my finds was this cute little tray. I bought this sturdy little cutie for $2.00.
Being at the beach inspired me to do a beach themed tray. Something that when I take it back home will remind me of my trip here. The first thing I did was sand it down lightly to get the shiny finish off and expose the wood on the edges.
I then painted the bottom of the tray and the handles of the tray. (I came prepared and brought my own paint and brushes from home. People say I have a serious problem when I take painting supplies on vacation. I have no idea what they are talking about.)
I put two coats of Martha Stewart Metallic Acrylic paint in Gold on the handles and then 1 sparse coat of Valspar paint in Liquid Jade on the bottom of the tray. I wanted the bottom of the tray to look really worn like it sat out in the salty air for awhile. After it dried completely, I sanded it down a little more to let some of the original white show through even more.
When I was happy with the “worn look”, I needed to protect it from scratching and potential spills. (I am famous for spilling things). I sprayed 2 coats of Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane over the whole tray. It was my first time using this stuff and it was great! Super easy to spray on and dried so nicely. (Of course I sprayed in a very well ventilated area because it’s stinky.)
After the urethane was completely dry, I was ready to use my lovely beach inspired tray.
Pretty right!?!?! I love the gold and bluish/green colors together! This was a very easy project to do, especially since the tray was already white to start with. A few beachy accessories sitting around or some good food and wine and your tray is ready for use! You like??
ALSO: Here is a preview of some other thrifty items I found while in the outer banks on vacation.
I found these 2 little gems at the cutest beach store EVA!!! It’s called “Changing Tide” in Frisco, North Carolina. If you ever get a chance to go down there, stop by. The owner and the girls that work there are super nice. See what I did with the white shelf here.
I found this set of solid wood fold up tables = $15.00 at a an unknown thrift store (don’t remember the name) Can’t you see the potential!