Aug 11, 2013

Serving Up Instant Gratification...

I love instant gratification! 

It's usually not a good thing

However today, I'm just popping in to show you a quick little project...that was almost instantly gratifying!

Last summer while hitting the yard sales I picked up 2 very similar trays.
This one is the smaller of the 2.

I thought they were interesting...and you can never have to many trays...
at least I can't anyway...I just like trays!

and for 5 bucks for the pair, would you pass em up?

They have almost a rusty look to them...which under the right circumstance I would like...but in my house, I'm fighting the brown on top of brown thing...or in this case the brown on top of black thing...and I have come to find out how much I love contrast.

So I grabbed this...

and quickly (I mean I didn't even cover every inch!)
put a coat of paint on.

Next I took these...

and mixed them together to get a bit of a lighter shade than the Caribbean color

about this color to be exact...

Once the original stone gray paint was dry

I dry brushed this color over it

Dry brushing...just in case you are just as it sounds...take your dry brush...dip it in paint...and then wipe most all of it off on a rag or paper towel...and then brush over the item until you get the desired look.

In the case of this tray...the raised detail...made it very easy to get the effect I was looking for...

and here is the final piece...I just wanted to add a small amount of color...and it turned out just perfect!

Hope you like it!

It took about 10 minutes...

you can beat that for instant gratification!

Until next time...

God Bless!


Let's Party
funky junk interiors
stone gable
shabby nest

TDC Before and After


  1. Neat tray, Sharon!!! I have never seen anything like it - and you totally got it for a SONG!

    Have a wonderful week!

  2. I love it! What a great and quick project!!

  3. I love how it turned out. Great idea.

  4. Love the texture of the trays. Great color, they look gorgeous!

  5. Sharon! Now that's an instant gratification project! I love it and I love the color you mixed. This was a great little tutorial. Just as I was wondering what dry brushing was, you explained it in the next sentence. You got a great deal too! I adore having trays around my house and yours is perfect!

  6. I love trays, too! And heck yeah I'd spend $5 on two of those. It's quite interesting and different! Love it!


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