A tray table makeover, how to turn souvenirs into decor and cottage updates

As the title suggests this post is a little meandering ūüôā

So first off, I had a busy back to work week, but I’m so excited to share an Ottawa Citizen interview I did recently that has been published online this past weekend. It’s on how¬†to turn vacation souvenirs into decor items that will fit with your home’s style and decor. ¬†And yes, that’s my powder room featured with some Paris vacation photos turned into art.

Read it here.  

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In my last post,¬†I¬†mentioned that I had done a few DIY projects at the cottage, while on vacation. ¬†Well, here’s another one. ¬†I was a bad blogger and forgot to get a before photo but trust me, it looked just like this but with a totally damaged top (due to being left out in the rain one evening‚Ķd’oh).

 

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I sanded the top and even smoothed on some polyfil to try and even it out.  I then painted it all over, with some of my leftover Fat paint in a custom blue that I used for my bathroom vanity.

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I did paint the legs after this photo was taken.

I knew I wanted to do some sort of pattern or stencil on the top but hadn’t figured out what, until I was inspired by some pretty striped fabric I saw.

So out came the painters tape and some little jars of sample paints that I have hanging around, that I thought would go together well.   And, I just randomly laid down the tape some with thicker stripes and some with thinner stripes.

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Then I just painted some lines.

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The first pass turned out like this.

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Not quite enough stripes, so I added more tape and kept painting.  I also fixed up any little boo boos.  You can nicely see the tree shadow on this one, as I was painting outside on the deck.

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My final step was giving it two coats of semi gloss varnish to protect the top, as I fully intend to use this tray for serving drinks and snacks on the deck ūüôā

Ta Da!

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And hubby made a ton of progress on the glass railing. ¬†I am so happy to see the old, rotting wood railing gone, I actually couldn’t stop smiling all day! ¬†We are really hoping to have this part finished up soon. ¬†Just one more side to do, that¬†will have to wait for next year’s budget.

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Lisa


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