Today’s DIY is featuring one of my favorite colors right now–MINT– and also is another exercise in using what you have and seeing it in a new way. Mint is popping up everywhere in fashion and home decor. I love it for spring!
We received a photo display tray for Christmas one year. We loved it until a crazy toddler decided to hurl it on the floor. The glass broke and it was no longer safe to display photos in. I removed the glass and just cut some patterned vinyl to size and laid it in the bottom. It remained like this for quite some time. I snuck it into some bar cart styling, but it was begging me for a makeover.
Everything is just prettier on a tray! It makes things look put together and organized. I use trays everywhere in my house. I guess you could say that’s another thing I collect.
I had everything I needed for this little project, except the paint. Then, I went to Lowe’s and they had a mint color sample for $2.48. Lowe’s is a great resource for color samples. They have all the colors that are on trend. If you are doing a craft or just need a small amount of paint for a project you can get half pint for cheap.
For this project:
• Valspar paint sample in sweet mint
• Contact paper I picked up at TJ Maxx when I did my desk makeover
• Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish in Clear Gloss left over from a furniture makeover
• Scrap board leftover from our DIY map art
• Craft paint brush
• Gorilla Glue
• Tape Measure
• Hand saw
This was so simple. All I did was remove the old backing and vinyl. I cleaned the tray frame and painted 2 coats of the mint paint. While this dried, I cut my board to size and put my contact paper on it. I applied 3 coats of the protective finish to give it a lacquered look. Once everything was dry I glued my board in place.
Here’s the brand new tray folks:
It finally feels like spring around here, so starting Wednesday I’ll be sharing some of the small changes we have made. Think more color, more pattern…
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