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2015 Project Challenge #1: Paint/ Stain- Homemade Chalk Paint and Antique Wax




Hello friends! I'm so excited to share with you today with some very talented bloggers. We will be sharing a Project Challenge each month.  Project Challenge is where six of us are sharing a project each month that is made with a common item. Our theme this month is Paint or Stain.  

So I'm excited to share mine with you today!

I have had this breakfast tray that I got at a yard sale a few years ago. So as you can imagine, it has been on my project "to-do" list for quite some time. I've lost the before picture somewhere in my thousands of pictures, but if you can imagine, it had a Formica style top and dark stained pine frame.
I think I got it for $5. 

I decided to used 3 coats of chalkboard paint on the top since I knew I couldn't sand it. 
I've found this to be such a great solution to surface issues and thought it would be neat to be able to write messages to recipients. 
I then transferred an image onto the top using carbon paper and a pencil. Using a liner brush and an angled brush, I filled in the lettering with acrylic paint. I added "Old Coburg" to be authentic to our area. Coburg is a neat little antique community with all sorts of shops and great places to eat. They have a bed and breakfast, so that was the inspiration.
          
After adding three coats of homemade chalk paint to the frame, I let it dry over night and then brushed on a layer of Antique wax by FolkArt. I've never tried this before but have always wanted to. It was great to work with. 
After brushing it on, I buffed it down real good. 

I absolutely love the way it turned out!


Now it will be fun to serve breakfast in bed!
What a fun challenge!
Now check out these other AMAZING projects. And come back next month because we are inviting you to join us!  
Our item will be a $5 or under thrift store, garage sale, or Craigslist transformation. The link party will go live the last Friday of February so... 
remember to come back next month for challenge #2!
Beyond the Picket Fence


7 comments:

  1. I love this tray...so perfect for breakfast in bed! Great job, Michelle. :o)

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  2. Hi. I'm your newest google follower, number 146. You made me sorry I gave away a tray just like that. Will be finding another one and copying yours soon.

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    1. Oh darn! I posted a little too late...if you do copy it, I would love to see yours. A project always ends up with it's own customized style. ;)

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  3. I love the way this turned out!! It looks so high end now! I'm going to have to look for the wax you used on the wood the color is great!

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  4. Cool! I love this! Great job - now to get your kids and hubby to make your breakfast in bed - maybe for Valentine's?!

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    1. Great idea Jill, that would make up for all the years of stumbling around it in the garage! LOL

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  5. I love your bed and breakfast tray! I have some old trays that can use a re-do, so I might try this!

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