This is another thrift store find that I think I paid only $5 for. Sorry I don't have a 'before pic', but I completed this project way before I even dreamed of having a blog.
I began this project because of my introduction to Mod Podge. I just couldn't believe how professional the final results looked! I guess for years I pictured those paper mache projects we all did in grade school, so I never even gave it a shot... until I saw a friend's home decor display at our church's ladies group gathering. (Check out Jessica over at joyframeworks.blogspot.com, she has some amazing stuff!)
First, I laid out my paper on the tray and cut my piece to size using an X-Acto knife. Then, I used a small paint brush to cover the bottom of the tray with Mod Podge. Next, I positioned my paper and smoothed it out with my hands. I also used the brush again to apply a layer of Mod Podge on top in order to seal and smooth everything out.
Once it dried completely (I believe this took a couple hours), I watered down some brown craft paint and applied it randomly so that it took on a worn, aged look. I really liked how the brown clung to the wrinkled/textured areas. Let dry and voilà, you have now transformed a basic tray into a work of art!
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