Last week I thought about the tray and I remembered that we were heading to Kentucky for the weekend. Because Chicago doesn't sell spray paint, I knew I was going to have to snag some outside of the city. I picked up the spray paint and returned to Chicago knowing that I was going to tackle that tray once and for all....
...and then I stumbled upon this Quatrefoil Trey at Red Heads Craft More Fun. As soon as I saw Courtney's tray, I KNEW I wanted to be a copycat. That's one of my most favorite things about reading blogs! I'm constantly being inspired by all the creativity surrounding me. Thanks for the inspiration, Courtney!
What I used:
*A wooden tray
*Americana Acrylic Craft Paint in "Butter"
*Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint in "Ivy Leaf"
*spray paint sprayer nozzler (yes, that is the technical name of it :-P)
*the quatrefoil stencil
*pair of scissors.
What I did:
*I gave my wooden tray a good rub down with sandpaper - keep with me people, it's not good for your minds to wander there!
*I then went to town on it with my spray paint. That sucker ended up soaking up the entire can of spray paint - geeze-oh-pete!
*After about 100 layers of spray paint (okay, not really, more like 5-6) I went into the apartment and printed off the quatrefoil stencil and got to work cutting it out.
*Once I had cut it out, and the spray paint had time to dry, I laid the stencil down on my tray and began tracing the design on there. I continued to trace the design, lining it up with what I had already traced, until the entire tray was covered.
*I took my Americana Butter and patiently painted and filled in the quatrefoil design on my tray. I let that dry and then came back to it to add a second coat.
Let me tell you - I LOVE IT! I didn't realize how much I was going to like it until I finished and saw it hanging out on my coffee table. I love the color that it brings up onto the table and I absolutely LOVE the contrast between the green and the butter (thanks to my friend Jenn who pointed me in that direction!)! Better yet, I really love the price tag of this project! In all, I spent about $5. The tray was free (sorry, I'm not trying to rub it in...), the spray paint was like $3.87 and the Americana paint was like $1.20.
All thanks to Courtney, the redhead who has more fun crafting than myself ;) - without her post, my tray would've just been green...I'm soooo glad I saw her tray first!
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