Tuesday, April 20, 2010
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Oh, how I love me some damask. I cannot get enough of it. So when I found this beaut:
at Goodwill awhile back for $1, I knew I could turn it into something great. I put a little elbow grease into it and cleaned it up. I added some spackle to fill in any spaces between those wood patterns on the front. It was still looking pretty yuck though. I sprayed it black which helped a TON. Then I was in search of the perfect thing to cover it up. I thought of scrapbook paper but it wouldn't be wide enough and I didn't really want more than one or having to match things up. So I was on a mission to find something to work and something I loved. Hence the reason, I didn't post this before. It got put on the back burner until I had time to really look.I found this wrapping paper at Hobby Lobby and I was instantly in love. I knew it was just what I was looking for. So I cut it down to fit down inside my tray. You can kind of tell in the picture above that I made it just a bit bigger on each of the sides so I could use an exacto knife to cut around it. The tray was not perfectly straight and I didn't want any gaps. I started out using Mod Podge and this happened: Not once, not twice but three times. I tried different amounts and also tried it beneath and on top of the wrapping paper. It was just too thin and was making it bubble up. The perfectionist in me would not allow any bubbling so I would rip it off and try again.I whipped out my spray adhesive and sprayed the back and it stuck SO well. I sprayed, exacto'd, and carefully put it into place on top of my tray. Then I knew that the Mod Podge would make it wrinkle again but I wanted to seal it to some extent.I grabbed this Matte Finish by Krylon and sprayed the top with a few different coats, making sure to not get it too damp each time.
Now I have something gorgeous with my damask pattern. I am in love. I just can't wait to put it on a shelf....but that will probably have to wait until I move. So for the next little while, you will probably get pictures of decor pieces but nothing put together. Just remember that I am moving 2 times and then hopefully I can share how it works all together!