An Almost Amazing Tray Makeover


My projects are a lot like my life.  Sometimes, despite my best efforts, things don't always turn out the way I have planned.

Take this tray, for instance.
I got it for $3.00 on clearance at HomeGoods.
The fuschia lacquer paint job was chipping off and the paper on the bottom of it, with the ikat pattern in shades of blue and green, was curling up.

I figured that with a little elbow grease and a lot of spray paint, I could turn this bargain into something special.
I did my best to remove as much of the chipping paint that I could, but I was too impatient to remove all of it.  Then, I sanded it a little and sprayed it with a coat of primer, followed by two coats of glossy white spray paint.
It took my non-mathematic, non-geometrically inclined mind, awhile to figure out how to tape it off for the herringbone pattern (which I might share on a later post).  Once I did though, I set about to painstakingly get the bottom of the tray taped off.  So far, so good!

Then, I asked Jacob, who I was helping with his homework while taping the tray, if he thought that the gold spray paint would look good on the areas that were not taped off on the sides (sorry no picture of that).

He told me, "No!" He said that he thought that the areas I had taped off on the sides should be white with the gold left on the top.  I must have given him a look of discouragement because what he said next kind of blew me away and made me realize all over again what an amazing little boy he is.  After seeing the look on my face he said, "But I'm sure, Momma, that whatever you decide to do, it will look good because everything that you do turns out nice."  Aaawww.

I agreed with Jacob.  About where the gold should be on the sides of the tray.  Not so much about everything that I do turning out nice.  So, I proceeded to take the tape off of the top and the sides and this is what happened.
The white paint peeled off, along with the painters tape.
I decided to go ahead and tape off the sides anyway, hoping that maybe after it was all done, I could salvage it, somehow?  Plus, I had spent all that time taping off the herringbone pattern and wanted to see how the gold and white pattern turned out.  So, I sprayed on the gold paint and left it to dry.

Now, it was dinner time.  I had nothing planned, and my project had consumed more time than I had anticipated (don't they always?).  When I found some frozen marinara sauce in my freezer, I knew that there was a God in heaven, and I thanked him profusely for it.
By this time, Jacob had already finished his homework and was long gone.  Olivia tore herself away from her bedroom (where she spends most of her time) to come out to see what I was up to.  Then, she proceeded to blow me away and remind me all over again what a wonderful, sweet girl she was.  She asked me if there was anything that I needed help with?  She offered to set the table for dinner.  She asked me if I was okay (probably sensing my frustration), and whether I'd had a good day?  Aaawww.

Then, I thanked God again, because even though I knew my project was not going to work out, I had two of the most thoughtful, considerate, sweetest kids in the whole world and if I never finished another project in my whole life, it didn't really matter because they are by far, my proudest accomplishment.
After the gold paint dried, I did my best to carefully peel off the painter's tape, but it still peeled the paint off with it in several sections.



What do you think?  Should I try to salvage it?  Should I just start over? Should I stop being cheap and just buy another tray?  Should I eat more pasta, which somehow, seems to make even a failed project better?

I'd love to hear your thoughts. :)


1 comment

  1. So sad to hear all the time it took and then that it didn't turn out as you planned. I LOVE the gold herringbone pattern with the white. What if you left it like it is and "lightly distressed it"? Then it would look like had intended on having some paint worn off. Definitely wouldn't start over, it's got such potential!

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