This tray belonged to a friend of mine who tried to get rid of it at her garage sale. It’s a sort of thick plastic I think, but being gold and a tad scuffed, she had no takers – so she thought of me. (Thank you!)
I could see the gold being a gorgeous accent come Holiday season, but as a year round piece it really needed something a bit ‘less’.
I was in Inverhuron a week or so ago and while shopping in a small boutique, I saw a sign for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
I’ve never tried Annie Sloan before – mainly because I have great success with the paints I use and they cost half as much – coming across an Annie Sloan dealer seemed like a bit of a ‘hint’ though… I mean it’s not as easy to find this chalk paint in London, so when you come across it while on vacation it seems like someone’s telling you “it’s time”.
I asked Gloria at J’Adorn to choose a colour for me and this is what she sent me home with:
GREAT choice Gloria!
I gave the tray a light sanding to even out the chipped section and then washed it down with TSP, rinsed and dried it.
This is the first coating of Provence:
Not sold yet, it didn’t cover in one coat which I thought was one of the selling features?
I did a second coat of the Provence and once it was dry I wiped a bit of Minwax Dark Walnut over it and quickly wiped away the excess – making sure to leave some in the crevices.
This is my first attempt at ‘antiquing’ anything so I wasn’t quite sure how aged/stained it was supposed to look? I generally prefer for things to look new when I’ve put a lot of time and work into them, but I’ve seen so many cottage-style pieces lately that I had to give it a try.
I’m on the fence about it. I love how the tray turned out, but I’m concerned that “antiquing” can be confused with “dirty”.
But hey, if it buys me a tea and book in bed, I’ll antique the #@)%% out of it! lol
Project one and still almost a full quart of the Annie Sloan left – which means more “Provence” projects coming soon!
Garage sale fail to beautiful breakfast tray!
Have a great one!