It's finally finished completely!
This was BEFORE!!!
And here are the After shots!
I think it looks like something I'd buy at HomeSense!
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.
And now....we never, ever, have to talk about this tray again!
(Oh, did I mention that I actually thought my SPAZ day was over because I achieved so much yesterday...and then....wait for it.....oh yah....dropped my iphone4 into my tea! So, it's sitting in a bag of rice right now and I'm praying it will work after 24-48hrs in there. And, I apologize for no blog yesterday, but our country internet was excruciatingly slow and wouldn't load any of my photos.)
Have a great non-Spaz day!