Dresses from Shabby Apple

Damask Tray

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!


Unknown April 20, 2010 at 6:45 AM  

Oh - this is lovely! I would have never guessed it was wrapping paper when I first saw it. Just beautiful!

Laurie in SC April 20, 2010 at 7:06 AM  

Beautiful!!! I used wrapping paper to cover a message board frame and kitchen accessories (recipe box, coupon holder) recently! I have 3 Goodwill trays waiting for me to beautify so I may have to try your strategy. Thanks for the inspiration!

Unknown April 20, 2010 at 7:12 AM  

That turned out great! I actually have that wrapping paper and could have done that instead of paying more for a damask tray from Hobby Lobby!

Anonymous,  April 20, 2010 at 7:28 AM  

The tray looks great! I have to make my way over to Hobby Lobby to check out the wrapping paper!

Christy April 20, 2010 at 8:22 AM  

This is gorgeous! I also really appreciated your tips on Modge Podge, it is my best friend, and my worst enemy, but thanks to your advice, I have a new plan of attack!

Micah-Noel April 20, 2010 at 9:38 AM  

Nice! I love the pattern. :)

Anonymous,  April 20, 2010 at 9:39 AM  

You make me sick with your talent. :)

Angie Holden April 20, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

I love that Stacey!!! I am looking everywhere for a tray...

Amanda Joy Petersen April 20, 2010 at 11:46 AM  

I LOVE damask. As soon as my sewing machine is fixed I am going to make some damask curtains for the kitchen. I need to go find a tray and do this project now. Thanks for the idea.

Unknown April 20, 2010 at 12:29 PM  

Oh, I LOVE it!! It's gorgeous--I think I'll be hunting for a tray now...

Rory April 20, 2010 at 12:52 PM  

Hi Stacey, I published your link in a post today about the 6th Photo Game. I picked you to be a part of the game. Aren't you lucky? Meanwhile, I am all set to publish your guest post. Have a great day. Rory

Morgan//Nuts and Bows April 20, 2010 at 1:17 PM  

This turned out great! I love that you used wrapping paper what a great tip!!


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Beverly {Flamingo Toes} April 20, 2010 at 2:54 PM  

oh that is too cute! I love the idea of using wrapping paper. Thanks for telling us how to get it to work!

Staci at Craftify It ! April 20, 2010 at 3:37 PM  

I'm glad you kept going until it was nice & smooth! It is beautiful! And I am obsessed with damask, I think I might go see if Hobby Lobby still has some...

Kim, USA April 20, 2010 at 4:46 PM  

Oh wow you are such a creative person. It turns out really pretty!

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Anonymous,  April 20, 2010 at 7:13 PM  

Super cute tray! Love the black and white...

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy April 20, 2010 at 10:43 PM  

Well done, Stacey!! I love how this turned out!!

Unknown April 21, 2010 at 1:02 AM  

i have dishes that match that tray! i heart damask!

EllensCreativePassage April 22, 2010 at 4:51 PM  

I love the tray...I have one I need to do something with,,,

FineArtPainting July 26, 2010 at 5:09 PM  

great tutorial.!


Dominique @ Craft Couture January 18, 2011 at 2:00 PM  

I love this! I'm doing my Kitchen in damask getting ready to make the curtains actually!

torahobadiah April 19, 2012 at 7:42 PM  

This tray is beautiful; i have the material to do a tray but was unsure how to coat it after glueing it on. I considered clear laquer but your idea seems great.Can the tray be used for serving or is for decorative purposes only?

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