This tray caught my eye out at Mizener's Antique & Flea Market in Flamborough on Hy 5.  It was $15.00 and appears to be a cherry wood frame around a glass enclosed picture of grapes, with brass handles. The back of the tray is old felt that has matted and balled up.  There is also a crack in one corner of the tray which I'll fill and sand.

I have a few ideas for this, but the main one is to paint it antique white, base under the glass too, and put an heirloom doily under the glass.  My friend also suggested I use the idea from Heaven's Walk to podge some Victorian lettering or drawing onto the base before putting the glass back in.  Although I've blogged about this and we all know it wasn't quite as easy as having the idea and doing it in this case, I ended up putting a stencil motif on the tray and exchanging the icky felt for fresh white felt.

  Do you love it!  I really love it!  And the most awesome thing about this project is I know what NOT to do to make it this beautiful!  Challenge?  You better believe it was....

            Five coats of paint on the frame....due to the battery acid off-spray, needless coats of paint on painter's canvas...because the stenciling wouldn't work on the bumpy surface.  Attempts at painting the edges of the blurs on the stencil with a small paintbrush and a not so steady hand.   Then, discovering that I could have just painted that piece of bristol board I had in the first place anyway because that's what worked best!   The stencil was a Plaid Stencil Decor product I picked up at Michaels.

              I do have to tell you something....I picked up some Martha Stewart Pouncers for doing stenciling...thinking, I'll use those again for sure, and that's what I had been using when I did the first Canvas Fiasco...and I practiced again on the spare painted bristol board and still wasn't super happy with the results, so I went into my own artist cache in the spare room and grabbed a very small sea sponge and tried that out.  I found I had much more control using the sea sponge and it seemed to actually "pounce" better than the tools made for the trade!

            The finishing touch was the heavy grade white felt on the bottom of the tray.  I just glued that on with No More Nails. 

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    Wendy from Rural Southern Ontario....I'd like to share some of my renos, revamps, recycling, new items that are just cool and antiques too!


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