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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday


This is my first time to play in Susan's Met Monday & I'm late coming to the party....please forgive me!


Mine is just a small make-over but it fits in the category, I think. This is what I started with...a cheap silverplated award tray that somebody was given. I found it @ a thrift store so they obviously weren't too thrilled w/ it. ;o)


Course it is from 1988 so maybe they were proud enough of their first place trophy, to hang onto it for 20 years.



I hit it w/ some chalkboard paint (I used spray because that's all that Hobby Lobby had & I was too impatient to wait until I could get to another store) & look how cute it is now!


I've been asked several times how I spray painted the tray, leaving the frame silver. I taped off the edges w/ painter's tape (using a spatula to make sure the tape got in the "seam" tightly), not being concerned about staying in line. Then I took an exacto knife & trimmed the tape along where I wanted. The "seam" in the tray made it really easy to follow w/ the blade. There are a couple of "blurps" in it but they are very, very minor. I was being a little anal about them until I saw trays in antique stores done this way. You would not believe how sloppy they were! I seriously wouldn't display them in my own home much less try to charge money for them! Maybe spray paint versus a brush was the way to go after all.

Well, I better get my duff out of this chair & onto some projects so that I can play in Met Mondays more.... be sure & tell Susan thanks for hosting!

33 comments:

Susan said...

What a cute idea! and with a little chalkboard paint!

Thanks for sharing it with us!

Susan

prof en retraite said...

Wow Cami...You are so clever! I never would have thought of doing that! And it looks great! Have a good week...Debbie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Very cute! Very practical, too, and oh so clever! You did a really good job, Cami. Thanks for sharing with us. :-)

XO,

Sheila :-)

HoneyB said...

Thatis so awesome! I love it!

Katy said...

Cami, how do you come up with these great ideas! This is so clever, beautiful, and practical!

Terri and Bob said...

I tried to do this project and i bombed, big time. I am going to try it again, though, since yours is so adorable!

Ma'dame French said...

Cute idea;)French

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love it Cami! I've wanted to try this for awhile, but haven't found the tray. I think I'll hit a couple of thrift stores here in town, this week...see what I come up with.

Knittings Nice! said...

Wow...what a fantastic idea....hmmmnow wheres my tray.

Denise said...

That is CUTE! Love it! One question how did you keep your silver "frame" ? It's so neat. Thank you for sharing a wonderful idea! I love what you wrote on it, too! Adorable.

Queenie~ said...

You are so creative and clever my friend! I love what you did with this tray...cute cute...you are always an inspiration....
Happy Anniversary to you too!
Have a great day...

ann said...

Now,that's a cute idea.Cami,I have an award for you.Plese run by and pick it up please...Ann

Mom in High Heels said...

How I love chalkboard paint! What a great job!

Linda said...

That is so cute--now I want to find a tray like that!

Knitty said...

I wouldn't have thought of chalkboard paint on metal. Great idea!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

What a great idea. I love the idea of using chalkboard paint, and it's realy fabulous with the shiny silver border!

~CC Catherine said...

Cami...totally too cool! I've never seen this done before! I have however seen people take vintage black and whites and some how apply them to the silver pieces, add antique buttons/ribbon., and they look pretty cool too. This is just very creative! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT! ;) ~CC Catherine

ellen b said...

Oh what a fabulous idea! I've been thinking about one of those chalkboard dealies. This is genius!

Steph said...

Love how you left the border!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Love chalkboards and this one is so pretty!

Manuela

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

I love silver & this is a great use of a piece! How did you paint it tho? Spray paint? If so, how do you keep it away from the border? Lots of taping, I'm assuming. Love the cherub candleholder, too!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Kim Chalfant said...

Love it! I love seeing creative ideas. I will have to try this one. Thanks for sharing!

redsoxmom said...

Sooo clever! Love it. I've never used chalkboard paint, but one of these days I'll get around to it! Thanks for sharing!

Linda

ceekay said...

I have so been wanting to try that...Looks great and fantastic idea!

Linda said...

Hi Cami,
Ok, I like silver trays anyway but love this cute idea! I might go make me one today. Isn't blackboard paint fun to work with?!
Linda Q

xinex said...

What a neat idea and it came out fabulous, and functional too!...Christine

paintergal said...

Clever!

Nancy said...

Hi Cami, I loooove it!!!! Those are so neat! Great Job!
I want to thank you for stopping by and entering my 100th post giveaway! You are entered! Good luck! Blessings, Nancy

salmagundi said...

How clever!! Did you mask the silver with painter's tape? It looks perfect. Sally

beth at aunties said...

What a great idea! I love this!
It turned out wonderful!
Thanks for sharing...I think I might want to copy it!
♥♥♥

Peggy. said...

What a great idea. I have a large square silver serving tray that I won at a silent auction. I loved the side and handles but over the years the inside has gotten very tarnished, scratched and just plain ugly. I have it on my kitchen table right now trying to figure out what to do with it. I think you just read my mind! This is it. I'll post a picture when I'm finished so you can see it. Peggy

mbkatc230 said...

What a great idea! This turned out so cute. Kathy

Simplicity Cottage said...

Cami, thanks for the comment and you are absolutely right...there is not much cuter than a Shih-Tzu puppy or even full grown one. I had a couple of Shih-Tzus about 10 years ago. After my sweet Precious and Chuee went to the Rainbow Bridge, I decided to try a short-haired breed. I love my dogs short or long hair...just don't know what is worse, having dogs that shed or having dogs that have to be groomed every 6-8 weeks! It was sure hard giving that sweet puppy back to my neice...it was love at first sight!

By the way, I love what you did with the silver tray -- too cute! I think I'll start looking for a tray!

hugs~
donna