Hello Friends! I’ve got a real fun flip to share with you today, which I’m pretty excited about!
While repurposing a desk drawer into a serving tray isn’t anything new, I was pretty pleased with myself that I came up with the idea of adding a silhouette of Washington state without even so much as a glimpse at Pinterest! 😀
It all started with a visit to a reuse center where I picked up this desk drawer:
I knew it would make a perfect tray with the addition of some handles. And as luck would have it, at the same reuse it center, I found these classic copper handles that actually fit the original hardware hole. I wouldn’t even have to get out the wood filler for this project! 😀
It seems like I’ve been doing quite a bit of stenciling lately, and I wanted to try something a little different for this project. Because I’m trying to have a better attitude about the current state we call home, I thought an outline of Washington state would be fun.
My vision was to have the silhouette of Washington state be in a dark stain and paint the rest of the tray. To accomplish this, the first thing I did was find an image online of Washington state. Because of the tray’s size, I had to print the image on two pieces of paper, selecting “landscape”.
After cutting out the image, I traced it on to a piece of leftover contact paper, and cut that out, as well. (If you’d like to see a similar use for contact paper, check out my Ballard Design inspired Jack O’ Lantern shades. The only difference is for that project we drew the designs.)
Then it was time to stain the tray a nice dark walnut. Once the stain was dry, I peeled off the backing and stuck the contact paper silhouette in the center of the tray. I then gave it two coats of a custom mix of Maison Blanche Confederate Gray, Hurricane, with a touch of Bayou Blue chalk paint.
(Do you like how I’m working on the bonus room floor for this project?!! Yes, Hubby was pretty “excited” about that, as well. What can I say? — my craft table was too cluttered — truth! 🙁 )
Before the second coat of paint was dry, I very carefully peeled off the sticker with a pin. Voila! It turned out exactly as I was hoping it would. There was a tiny bit of bleed thru, but that’s what sandpaper is for, right??!!
This rustic tray needed a bit of distressing and some General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze to finish it off.
After attaching the hardware, this desk drawer was officially flipped for the total price of $7.00!
I think the copper hardware looks great with the dark gray. I wish you could handle them in person — They are solid and heavy — nothing at all like it’s cheap, mass produced sister currently sold in stores. Can you tell I’m completely smitten with my “new” Washington state tray?!
But wait …. there’s more!
Because the contact paper cut out was still sticky, I decided to reuse it and try to make some wall art for The Boy …. who just happens to LOVE living in Washington state!
You can imagine how easy this project was. I just took a painted canvas; attached the same contact paper cut out that I used for the tray; repainted the canvas; and before it was completely dry, lifted off the cut out with a pin … (Exactly like I did for the tray project.) Super cute, right?!!
I also painted on a little heart where our town is located. Do you know the easiest way to paint little hearts?? Just dip the wood tip of your craft paint brush in the paint — make two dots, and drag and connect them — all using the wood tip — works like a charm!! 😀
So … with contact paper, an image, and some scissors, you can basically transfer an image on just about anything! No fancy schmancy cutting machine necessary for these projects! 😉 Hope you’ll give it a try! Thanks for stopping by today! Cynthia
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