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July 25, 2012

My Take/Her Take: One Tray, Two Ways

Gemma (from the sweetest digs) and I had been searching for a project we could each put our own spin on, when I spotted two metal trays at a church rummage sale for free!  They had different designs on them, but were of the same size, material, etc.

The tray before was cute and all, don't get me wrong . . .


. . . but I had pinned a few triangle stamped objects and wanted to give it a no-commitment whirl.

Inspiration from Poppytalk (sorry, I lost the original post) and Kicsi Haz

I first rolled on some metal primer (and yes, I used a fork to stir it).  I used a small foam roller and a small brush just to quickly reach what the roller couldn't.


Then I painted on a soft mint-turquoise hue (Zen, by Debbie Travis), leftover from other projects.  The pic was snapped once I already painted the back black, so just ignore the black edges.


I then applied some random triangles cut out from painter's tape and painted on some black, also leftover from other projects.



Everything went swimmingly until the stupid paint bled under the stupid tape.  I'm having one of those weeks.  I thought it would be okay to place the tape on wax paper, mark & cut out the shapes and then transfer the cut out design, because it was costs-an-arm-and-a-leg-per-roll "gets sealed by the paint" super tape but, alas, no.  I think I applied the paint a little too thickly.  It might have worked better with thin coats of spray paint.  User error!


Undeterred (I'm not gonna let a little tray best me), I grabbed a small angled paintbrush, from the dollar store awhile ago, and re-painted the triangles and fixed up the edges, once the black was dry.  While I was at it, I added a little copper triangle.




My plan was to add small picture hanging hardware to the back with crazy glue to make this wall art, but I want to let it "sit" a bit and see if I really do like it.  Right now, I don't.  But I loved experimenting, especially when I didn't have to spend a dime!


Go take a peek at Gemma's makeover!  Her project went a lot more smoothly and looks super sweet!

P.S. If you're new to Dans le Townhouse, you can check out my other DIY Projects here (they're a lot better, I promise).
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  1. So fun how we went in completely different directions. I love the little pop of copper!!

    We will need to do this again soon... !

    PS. I'm working on a little triangle stamp project right now too! Great minds think alike ;)

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  2. Doesn't it drive you nuts when you spend a lot of time on a project and then have a mishap? I empathize. I just spent nearly 2 hours making another clay wall pocket and finally had it perfect. When I picked it up to put it in the oven, a huge hunk of clay stuck to my work surface, making a gaping hole in the back of the piece. The damage was too bad to repair, so it's back to Square One.

    Maybe you can sand your tray down and start over with spray paint. The design is too cute to give up on.

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    1. Oh, what a shame! Such a huge chunk of time and I'm sure it looked gorgeous. Well, it sure does happen to all of us.

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  3. I think it looks cute! But I can totally relate to not feeling something... maybe its because you're the artist and can't appreciate the finished look? Either way, great idea and fun fix!

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    1. Aww, thanks Amy! You're right, I can be super critical.

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  4. I like the finished product, especially because I'm really itching to use copper in a project soon. But I know how frustrating tape bleed can be -- been there way too many times. I recently heard a great tip (but haven't tried it yet myself): after placing your tape, first paint over the edge with the color you want to block (so in your case here, the light aqua). When that dries, proceed as normal. That way if there is any bleed, it will be in the original color. (Of course that does require patience to wait for the first coat to dry, which is why this might not work for me. He he...) Have you ever tried that? Btw, great idea to pair up with Gemma!

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    1. Ooo, that sounds like a GENIUS tip!! Thanks so much for sharing, I will definitely have to try that next time and report back :)

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  5. Nagyon leleményes vagy, hogy azt a kis malőrt sikerült kiküszöbölnöd :)

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  6. What a fun idea! I did something similar with Carol from Design Pages, two end tables, two different looks!

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    1. I remember that!! I was so jealous you had the chance to do a project like that with a blog friend, so when Gemma and I met it was one of the first blog projects we wanted to do together. It was hard to find two of something, you and Carol lucked out!

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  7. I actually really like it! Don't toss it yet!! Or...Just send it to me =)

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    1. Ha ha, happy to!! Gives me more room in the house for ANOTHER DIY project :D

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  8. I like it girl! Maybe you just think you don't like it b/c you had a little mishap when making it?! But I think it's really cool!

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  9. You ladies started such a fabulous project! This is going to be so much fun and such a great way to save money and still make it look awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks!! Yup, I sure do love a free project. Wasn't Gemma's great?!?

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    2. Gemma's was really awesome, super bright and fun. 2 very different approach and very creative!

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    3. I know, I loved seeing our really different approaches. We both love turquoise and often dart for the same things at thrift shops, so it was really nice we went in such different directions - without much prior discussion, either!

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  10. Love the idea of 2 takes on the same item- such a great blog post! I like the triangle idea and the pop of copper is really nice!

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    1. Thanks! Happy you enjoyed it - we sure had fun, so we'll be on the hunt for another her take/my take project!

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