Wednesday, September 23, 2009

DIY: Tray Chic!

I'm so glad you all love Harry as much as I do! If you haven't registered for the new Harry Connick, Jr. CD giveaway, be sure to do that before you leave! Hop right on down there!

Today I am sharing a fun project with you. A fun, stolen idea that I am implementing in my own home. Isn't that part of the beauty of blogs? Don't ask me why I'm so PROUD of myself for completely copying someone else's idea, but I do feel like I need to show you my extreme creativity *ahem* in case you want to completely copy it from me.

And I would love that, so go for it!

I saw this idea about 6 months ago at Becky's Five Mockingbirds and at Phillips Phamily Mama's site.
So, I rushed off to buy all the supplies:
A cute tray {many people have done this with silver platters, too, but this one turned out best for my space}
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With fun sides and a plain old boring flat bottom {I wish I could say that about my own bottom... "butt" I digress}
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And some chalkboard paint.
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Then I managed to let the things sit in a closet for 6 months and gather dust until I found them when looking for something else and got excited all over again!

I'm sure that's just how Martha Stewart does her projects.

The secret to painting this cute tray is to use a sponge brush {not bristles} and cover it really well like so:
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Then I found a cute ribbon while at Hancock Fabrics purchasing my Snuggie. I tied it in knots around the handles and made a knot at the top. No hot glue required! Meaning: no permanent damage to fingers required!
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But, unfortunately, it hung like this and looked goofy.
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So I got out my handy pink hammer and some nails and fixed it by adding nails to prop it up underneath.
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Then I added a snappy saying that, again, I completely and totally copied from Kristin at We Are That Family. A thief and a liar {per the info provided below on the chalkboard}. What can I say? One can dream.
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For more DIY tips, check out Kimba's DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land and the DIY Show Off!


Miss Mustard Seed said...

I love the chalk board never gets old. I'm signing up to follow and I hope you check out my blog and do the same!

Dresser Girl said...

LOVE IT!!! I think I saw that exact tray at one of my Goodwill's the other day. Must make a trip back there soon.

oh amanda said...

I just love you.

Shanty 2 Chic said...

Love that tray! Good job! ~Ashley

Carolyn said...

Too cute!

Lisa said...

Love the addition of the ribbon!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

PS..I love your header. So cute! :)

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

Love it...I made them with my silver trays (and even painted the silver tray white :) Your tray is very tray chic. :)

Sheri said...

Very cute, and the nails were brilliant. I would have destroyed it. LOL

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

LUV that tray...need to hop over to GW and get me one...then I can be a copycat:)


The DIY Show Off said...

Such a cute idea. I love chalkboard paint too. The message made me giggle! Thanks so much for adding your project to the DIY Show & Tell!


Shannon said...

I just did my first chalkboard project as well! Love it! Great job!

JobandBrittany said...

this is very cute!! i love chalkboard paint.

i host a goodwill party every wednesday, stop by and link up! :)

Lydia said...

CUTE! I've been wanting to make one of those but just haven't yet. I love the idea of the tray instead of silver.

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Such a great idea! I have wanted to check this project off my list and this might be the way to make me smile

GREAT idea.

If you get a chance please stop by and say hi!

TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

Kim said...

very cute!!!

Erika @ Oops! I Craft My Pants! said...

I love it!
I also love the rest of your blog. I peeked around a bit.
I alllso love that you stopped by my blog.
Love all around!

Now...Can I have that?

Michelle said...

Hil, LOVE this idea! Might just steal it for my very own self... have just the place to hang it! You are so much fun. Why don't you live closer?!?! I am certain we were meant to be best friends, not "just" cousins.
Love you!

Hollie and Janie said...

That is so precious!! I love that idea. I've decided that I am crafty, just not creative. I can see something and make it, but I'm not the one coming up with the cute and clever ideas! You did a fabulous job!!
Also, that would be great to adapt for O. I bet he would love writing and drawing on his own little tray! (note to self: good idea for the nieces!)

Becky said...

vurry vurry cute. thanks for the mention! now i feel the need to blog something.

Kimmy @ my beautifully blessed life said...

That is the cutest thing ever!! I absolutely love the ribbon you picked!! :)

Annikke said...

That is super cute! I love it! I have been looking for a tray at thrift stores and garage sales, but haven't found one yet....I love the detailed sides of this tray!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Love it! I SO want to do one of these in my house. Thanks for helping to bump up this project on my to-do list. LOL!
Can't wait to check out the rest of you blog posts. I just recently started blogging, I'd love you to come by for a blog visit.

Its So Very Cheri said...

Very cute. I recently did a chalkboard project too. I will go check out the Harry deal too.
I hope you will stop by for a visit.


Lindsey said...

ok this has nothing to do about the tray. but i just wanted to tell you i am SOOOO behind on commenting on your blog. i have been trying to read here and there and i am so sad i missed the whole week of birthday giveaways... and your birthday of course. anyway, you did a post that said something about the care bears in it and i almost wet my pants. unfortunately i couldn't find it and have no idea what it was, but i wanted to pass on my incontinence to you:).

Susannah said...

Cute, cute idea! Thanks Hillary and Becky!! Still waiting on that cabinet painting tutorial... :)

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

All of my blogging buddies are using this paint. I must need to get some, if I want to be in the "in" crowd!

Love the final result! Adorable!

Mrs. Nurse Boy

Half of the Style Sisters said...

Love this cool idea. The tray is so cute.

{ L } said...

You did a beautiful job! The ribbon was the perfect touch.

chrisannan said...

Very Cute! Might have to steal this idea for myself!

Phillips Phamily Mama said...

thanks for the shout out! great job of making it work for you!

Tina said...

Great job!! I LOVE chalkboard paint!!

Jill said...

Totally cute, Love it!

Brittany at Mommy Words said...

So cute and so simple and no injuries. Awesome stolen idea! I have a whole notebook of pics a nd section of my internet bookmarks for ideas I am stealing! Yay!

Dawn said...

this is fabulous! and i am betting there was no funnier commentary than your version! glad you got it to hang on the wall and look awesome!

Rose fr FineCraftGuild dotcom said...

I think you can easily adjust that ribbon by making 2 little rings on the top corners of your tray, and then it WILL hang fabulous.

Great idea, thanks for sharing.

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