Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tray Happiness!

The tray below looks done, and it nearly is! There are just two quick steps left to show you...


To give the surface a little more dimension, a quick wash of diluted Amazing Gray paint was brushed over the entire tray.





The result is subtle. You can clearly see the effect in person, but it is much less noticeable in these photos. I promise, I'm not making up steps for the sake of making up steps!



The last step was to brush on a layer of Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish in clear satin.


I never enjoy this step. Why is it every particle of dust suddenly needs to fly over to where I am working? I had to stop, a lot, during this step to wipe away dozens of little flecks before they became a permanent part of the design. I think using the spray version of this product would help minimize this issue, but I feel that method gives you less control on coverage.

After drying, the finished tray...



Roscoe always follows me around as I work on projects with a questioning look, I often have to shoo him away so he is not in every photo! If he could talk...I probably wouldn't want to know his thoughts.


I am thrilled the finished result and this Wedding Gift Tray will soon be on its way to the newlyweds, wrapped in some beautiful paper. How about this gift wrap from Smock Paper? How chic it would be to coordinate the paper to the colors and design of the gift!


31 comments :

  1. wow, this is sooo sooo fabulous!! i wish we invited you to my wedding so we could receive this beautiful tray hehe!! we totally need one of these trays so we can eat breakfast in bed hehe. i love what you've done even down to your wrapping paper! =)

    http://www.sandyalamode.com/

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  2. So beautiful! I love personal gifts, they really do mean so much more. *Amy

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  3. It looks great and I know the recipient will love it.

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  4. What a wonderful wedding gift and to be made by you, how special!

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  5. The tray turned out fabulous. Where can I get that pattern you used?

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  6. Okay now you need to put a little tab on your sidebar that reads "I design these trays. Email me for pricing"!!! And just In case you do that, I'm first in line;-)

    I am completely in love with these trays. The bride is going to flip when this arrives to her house! Does she read your blog? This is so so pretty:-)

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  7. Perfect! I love the wrapping paper too.

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  8. What a great hand made gift, looks great!
    Laura

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  9. Love it! That diluted wash of Amazing Gray is the perfect extra touch. I would love to receive a tray like this, so thoughtfully personalized.

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  10. I'm seeing a new Etsy shop--"Trays by Janell" :) Love it.

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  11. the tray turned out beautiful, Janell. lots of love and patience went into your lovely gift. how about you give one away now?

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  12. Lovely....and made with heart. The perfect gift!

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  13. Oh my goodness, this is absolutely gorgeous!! What a fantastic gift it is. I'm jealous of the lucky recipients!!

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  14. Looks great! I am sure they are going to love this!

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  15. Great job, Janell! I know what you mean about polyurethane and I've come to appreciate the spray kind. Love that wrapping paper.

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  16. I would love to be the bride that gets this gift, so personal, so stylish, so special !

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  17. wonderful job and you're right - that last paint step does add just the right touch...

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  18. Janell, Janell, Janell, If I only had half your creativity, what a better woman I would be. this tray is absolutely amazing!! And you captured every step of its transformation so convincingly - makes me want to go home and get a tray and do it myself - wewwww. Better yet, like Erika said, why don't you just give one away!!

    XOXOX
    Kiki...

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  19. Thank you!! And what a great idea, to make one for a Giveaway!! It won't have this design, but the design mentioned in the second post on this tray...look for that later this summer.

    And as for the geometric design, where to get it? It is a pattern I designed and have used to create the look of wallpaper on a couple walls in my home, as well as for projects such as this. :)

    Janell

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  20. The tray came out great. I love that you took the extra time to do the subtle steps that most people would skip over. They really do help make this project look phenomenal!

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  21. What a thoughtful handmade gift- it came out perfect for the newlyweds!

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  22. Janell... you inspire me everyday!! What did you dilute the glaze with- water? I might have missed it in the post- sorry!

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  23. What a beautiful and thoughtful gift Janell! You really ought to consider selling these. :) And love the SmockPaper gift wrap..they have such lovely prints.

    I'm definitely going to give this project a try when I get back from vacation. Until then, hope you enjoy the upcoming long weekend!

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  24. Oh, it turned out so pretty! what a lovely, thoughtful wedding gift made with lots of love - who could ask for anything more? : )

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  25. You need to be selling these!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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  26. really, really pretty! i love the way they turned out!

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  27. Ok, Janell - I happen to LOVE this tray (with that exact pattern). A little store perhaps - on Etsy?! Trays Chic! (5 stars to me!)

    Well done, sister!

    Mon

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

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