I debated painting over it, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I honestly thought the red paint overtop wouldn’t turn out as good as the original coat, so I was reluctant with the 2 wrongs making a right mentality.
I delayed over this BIG dilemma forever. I mean… what is the big deal with just making another then?!
Well, part of the fuss was that the wood I had on hand was too new looking, so I didn’t think it would turn out.
But the real reason? I didn’t think my building skills were all that great. Not great enough for a gift anyway.
So I put it off. And then my neighbour paid me a visit… oops.
After I decided ‘my skills weren’t gonna cut it’ to make the tray, she left, and I felt just… dumb. How dumb! Make it, and if she doesn’t like it, sell it at the market this weekend!
Ok. OK!!! So I did. I can be such a nag.
But I didn’t tell her I was making it in case it didn’t turn out…
Out came tricycle red once again.
Having a little paint left over, I tackled an old wood box too. More on that soon!
No wax vs antique wax. WOW!
The more I worked on the tray, the more I realized how ridiculous I had acted. This paint and wax? It saved me. It truly made the newish wood look authentically old! See how the wood grain still shines through? It’s fabulous!
I guess all I needed was to be better acquainted with my new milk paint friend…
As you can see from 2 pictures up, I painted all the wood pieces before assembling the tray. I just think it did a better job because all the edges are painted AND waxed.
I did that because it was a gift. For me I wouldn’t have gone that extra step, but I’ll think differently going forward. The entire piece felt like a chunk of quality.
I learned something through this!
And then I just laughed! NO NO NO. Do not drill holes and have to make a 3rd, because twine handles were not ordered!
So I was a good girl. And I’m glad I hung in there. My neighbour is going to look for oil bronzed cup drawer pulls… LOVE that idea!
And know what I’m gonna get in trade for the tray?!
Homemade grape juice!! These are the grapes on my shed. I like to eat them fresh, but my neighbour loves to make juice. And I like to drink juice but not make it.
This trade was a match made in Heaven. And I think I got the FAR better deal!
Imagine me sipping back fresh grape juice mixed with ginger-ale while I make reclaimed wood projects…. YES! YES YES YES.
And I get juice.
Why did I stall making this again?!
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In my eyes, my work wasn’t good enough. But another felt otherwise. If you do this to yourself too, let’s toss that notion into the nearest broken pallet junk pile, and light that sucker on fire… deal?
Wonder what kinda juice you’ll get….
You won’t see the little red tray there… but the market one will be! Plus my booth AND a workshop! Click above for more info and sign up at the Facebook event HERE.