Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A tray for the ottoman

DIY Day @ ASPTL


It's DIY Day at Kimba's again!

And this week most of my DIY energy has been spent cleaning. Unfortunately, nothing is ready to show you.

But I did get one little project done, so I'll show you that! Last week I posted about my trash-to-treasure ottoman, which is working great on my front porch. What I envisioned for the ottoman was that it would also work as a coffee table, but for that I needed a tray to hold drinks. And I didn't have quite what I wanted.

I found these trays at the thrift store for $1 each. I'm not sure what they're made of--some kind of very sturdy metal.



I spray painted the oval one red, which was cheerful but a little too bright for my porch. So I brushed on a little burnt umber artists' pigment. Here's the tray now (a very bad photo--sorry!):




(A small digression--is it artist's pigment or artists' pigment? Singular or plural? Plural "artists' " is what it says on the bottle--but is that right?)

Here's a little better shot of the tray on my ottoman.



Just what I wanted, at just the price I wanted to pay. And now I get to play with the round tray, too!

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28 comments:

abeachcottage said...

nice tray, love spray paint!

happy painting

Fawn said...

You have such an even color for the spray paint. I just tried spraying my first metal piece, and it didn't come out too good. Guess I need a bit more practice! Love the color, too.

Beachbrights said...

Ok...i like your tray but I love your blog design!! So cute!!

XOXO

Sara said...

Very nice--like the color. As for the grammar, it's too late for me to think about it! ;-)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I love it painted! Looks great in red. :) Visiting from Kimba's party. :)

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

The magic of spray paint!

I would wonder the same thing about the punctuation. I'm guessing they mean it is for multiple types of artists.

Amy

the undomesticated wife said...

That looks very nice! I love it in red!

Joanna said...

Love, LOVE, spray paint!! The tray turned out great!

Katie said...

Love the color you picked, and the drinks look delish!!

Twice Remembered said...

I love this! I see those trays all the time at Goodwill but couldn't figure out what I could use them for. How fun they look painted!

Erika said...

L-O-V-E it! I also must agree, I LOVE your blog design!

Feel free to check out my blog, it's brand new and still in the making...But, the link is http://oopsicraftmypants.blogspot.com

Becky said...

I heart spray paint! Cute! Cute! Cute!

HeathahLee said...

Very cute! And I have those same glasses! Old Time Pottery has them on sale periodically for CHEAP so when my husband tells me he broke one, I tell him, "Oh, darn...looks like I have to go to Old Time Pottery!" Then he silently vows to be more careful next time. : )

Delightful Dwelling said...

Very cute. What did people do before spray paint?

Richella said...

What DID people do before spray paint? They must have had a great deal more patience than I do!

Kristi said...

I like it! I just purchased a similair tray too. Thanks for the inspiration.

Gwen said...

Plural possessives always confuse me, so I am not sure:)

I am still in awe over your ottoman and you have given me an idea with the tray, thanks!

Chris said...

Perfect! Can't beat $1.00!

As for the grammar...it is right to say artists' pigment. It's essentially saying that it is for artists--not just one artist. Wow. I haven't used my "teacher" brain for a few weeks. Thanks for that one!

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

One can never have too many trays :)

Tyler said...

You're much better with spray paint then I am that's for sure! I have troubles getting it even! Can't beat the price though for sure!

http://soeasyamancandoit.blogspot.com/

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Love it! Spray paint is awesome! Love the trays!

Anna See said...

I'm spray painting a dollar store tray tomorrow. Yay!

Cheri Peoples said...

Very nice. I like the color as well.

This is my first time to your blog and once I am done I will click follower and add you to my blog roll. Come on over for a visit I have a give away going on.

Cheri
Its So Very Cheri

Angie said...

I always pick up trays when I see them for cheap! Spray paint is so awesome!

DawnB said...

Love this idea b/c it totally inspired me to do the same thing w/a metal tray that I found at the Goodwill. I bought it thinking it would be great for a memo board w/magnets ... yikes! it wasn't real metal. So, it was going to go back to the thrift store b/c I don't want to add my clutter if I don't have a plan for something ... even though it did only cost .99 cents. Now I'll spray paint it and use it on my ottaman, too. I love this simple, practical idea w/some prettiness.

momof3girls said...

very nice, I need to go check out the thrift stores in my area!

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I love it! Spray paint is magical isn't it!

Manuela

Katie said...

So simple, I love it!

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