Friday, September 10, 2010

Project #1 - Mod Podged Tray

This does not really qualify as my first project since I made it before I decided to do my "20 projects", but what the heck.I make the rules around here and my rule says, anything counts.;-)

Okay, so I had this ugly looking tray which I am not sure why I ever bought.I mean it's not very ugly but I hate the plywood/laminate thingy on it and wanted to change it.Let's take a look at the 'project victim' first, shall we?

Yes, I didn't clean it up before taking a pic.Why bother! is also my current philosophy in matters which require unnecessary effort.

The first step was to spray paint the heck out of it.I had only white paint handy, so that's what I used.This is after one coat.I think it's already looking better.

While that was drying, I googled "Moroccan tiles" on google images.Saved a copyright free image and used a photo editing software to replicate the image on a single sheet of matte photo paper.I was originally planning to create a tiled, mosaic-ey sort of design but I suck at photo editing and husband was not in a mood to oblige.It was way past midnight folks, so I forgave him and went with whatever I could handle myself.

After that it was just cutting the image and Mod-Podging the paper on to the tray and sealing it with varnish (which I have still not done).I did have trouble arranging the '"tiles" so if you pay attention you will see that some areas do not align with each other and are a bit different, but the image is so busy I reckon it does not really make a difference.

So here it is,the project output.How do you like it?I don't love love it but I think it is better than what it was earlier.(Expert comment from kid brother : Wrong choice of paper.aargh)

So finally here's a before after shot :

Thoughts, comments? Good or bad, both welcome.



  1. That's a brilliant makeover Sumi, Would you be interested in doing a tutorial for our blog? Meanwhile I am also here to invite you to join in the September blog carnival hosted by us. Do join in.

  2. Sumi, I love the paper and modge podge, the only thing I'm wondering is are the handles now too white? Love the project! certainly a big chage from the yucky laminate!

  3. Sumi.. I think it looks lovely.. I'm guessing if you dont like the paper.. you can change it later... that way.. you'll give your tray a complete new look.. :-)

  4. @Rekha : Thanks for visiting.I would love to participate in the blog carnival.About the tutorial,umm for this unfortunately I have not taken pictures of the actual steps.So I guess I will think of another one and send you the details.

    @GB: I went and checked the tray again with VERY critical eyes and yes maybe it's too white but that's the only paint that I had.What do you suggest?I wanted to keep the twine in its original colour but then I would have had to tape it off and wasn't sure if the tape would have come off properly or not.

    @Patty : Thanks!Yes I guess I can change the paper because I am going to definitely get bored very quickly.:-)

  5. I think, depending on the room you want to put it in, it's great. OK, it might not work in all spaces, but in a room with a few of those colors (or similar) already present, then it's totally magazine-worthy!


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