Monday, May 18, 2009

Tiny transformation

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch hosts "Metamorphosis Monday" every week, highlighting cool before and after projects that bloggers have undertaken. I've enjoyed looking at these many times before, but this is the first time I've ever participated. I have a little project I'd like to share.

First, the background: My husband works for a Swiss bank, and last summer he had business in Switzerland. Happily, we were all able to accompany him on the trip. It was a wonderful time for all of us.

One thing we brought home from our trip was a handful of beautiful postcards of various places we visited while in Switzerland. I love vintage travel posters, and I scooped up postcards that were reproductions of the posters. I wasn't sure what to do with them after we got home, though, until inspiration (finally!) struck.

I remembered this old tray that I've had for many years. One of my uncles made a set of these for my mom eons ago. I happened to have this lying around.

Not the most beautiful thing to look at these days, but still very sturdy even after all these years.

So I employed that most useful of tools (black spray paint) and a little Mod Podge, and now I have this:

A cool, useful serving tray and a fun reminder of our wonderful trip! For no investment other than a can of black spray paint, a bit of my bottle of Mod Podge, one disposable foam brush, and about an hour of my time. I love it.

And I love Susan's whole idea of metamorphosis. It's such an encouragement to me to see examples of things that have been changed and made new. It reminds me of one of my favorite verses in Scripture, II Corinthians 2:16: ". . . Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day."

Thank God for transformations, big and small.


Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

Now I've got to try that. That came out lovely! Very creative. Come by to see my transformation! If you like what you see, please subscribe to my blog in the right hand column. Just hit the word "Follow" and stay updated on lots of great tips!

Fifi Flowers said...

Love the tray transformation! ADORE your blog header!

Linda/"Mom" said...

* I'm totally with FIFI!!! WONDERFUL! Thanks for sharing BOTH!!!~~~ Best, Linda *

Lisa Shatzer said...

The tray transformation looks great!

kimmcl said...

Hi Richella - what a great idea for a tray - I love it!! I've got at least two trays in storage waiting for some kind of transformation - thanks for the inspiration!

kimmcl said...

Hi Richella - what a great idea for a tray - I love it!! I've got at least two trays in storage waiting for some kind of transformation - thanks for the inspiration!

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Your tray came out so great! I love those postcards - they're so colorful!


Christi said...

Very creative!

Christi @ a Southern Life

Really Rainey said...

A girls best friends... Modge Podge and black spray paint... Oh and that little hot glue gun accessory!
That was very clever of you to use those post cards like that! Where you can enjoy them instead of them being tucked away in a scrap book or drawer!
Great MM

~Really Rainey~

susan said...

I love this! I did this on a tray for my son's bathroom (used sporting and concert ticket stubs) but I put mine under glass! I love having our good memories close to enjoy them!

Kammy said...

Very lovely and a great way to keep your memories !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Marie Reed said...

I'm a postcard aholic so i just LOVE this idea!

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

The tray is fabulous! What a great way to remember your trip.

Chris said...

I looked all over town for a tray just like this over the weekend! I love how it turned out!

Serena's 24/7 said...

are the cards-postcards? cool idea...dual sentiment. love it. :)

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