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« on: January 03, 2011 10:56:39 PM »

Of course I forgot to take a before picture! It was an antique tray, medium-dark wood, with an old painting of cherries that was too worn to salvage. You can just about see in the picture that it has very pretty handles.

I took it apart (being antique, it is put together very sturdily with screws) and sanded it (luckily it wasn't varnished). Then I stained and varnished the edges and handles and painted the base with lots of coats of "antique white" water-based furniture paint.

The writing is in a font which is pre-installed on Word 2010 called AR Decode, but I freehanded it because I couldn't be bothered to play with the printing to get the correct size for the tray. (It is about 1.5 times A4 in length). I did the edges of the lettering first in pencil, then in thin permanent marker. Then I filled it in with black enamel craft paint.

I finished it off with several layers of water-based varnish so that it can be used for actual tea-making.

« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2011 01:01:32 AM »

looks lovely Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2011 01:21:59 AM »

Tea-tea-tea-tea!!! That's lovely! Where did you find the original tray? Would the heat from the tea affect the coating at all?
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2011 03:20:39 AM »

The tray came from my parents' attic, my mum has no idea where it originally came from...

I've had tea cups on it for a few minutes and haven't noticed any effects from the heat. We keep the electric kettle on it and pour the water on top of the tray in order to protect the kitchen side. Then I move the cup elsewhere.

The varnish means that at least tea stains and spilled water are easy to wipe off. Hopefully it also protects it from the heat.
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2011 07:13:33 AM »

its very classic looking and i think ive finally found an idea for the little tray i found at the good will store ages ago.  fantastic!

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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2011 07:30:35 AM »

This is so great. I want to make one now Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2011 07:59:55 AM »

It is beautiful!
And even though I don't like 'stuff with words on it' (not even clothes) for myself, this IS something I would like to own.
You did a great job.
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2011 12:08:56 PM »

And even though I don't like 'stuff with words on it' (not even clothes) for myself

I know what you mean! At least where I live, all sorts of containers that say what they contain (e.g. "washing powder", "candles", "dog food", "magazines", etc.) are really fashionable and ubiquitous right now, so I hesitated a bit... But I had an image in my head and had to realise it! Smiley
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2011 01:03:14 AM »

This is lovely, and so very true!
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