Wednesday, November 7, 2012

upcycled tray & chance to be featured!

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this summer i picked up this tray at a yard sale for $1.  if i'd thought to take a before picture, you'd notice that the tray was orginally mauve, circa 1990.  don't dwell on the decor of the 90's too long...the mauve, jade, peach....it will ruin your day.  anyway, a little white spray paint turned my tray gone-bad to something new and full of possibilities.


i found these little glass tiles pictured above at lowe's.  they come in sheets so the work is much less time consuming and tedious.  works for me!  i thought these colors would look great in my bedroom.  if you missed the post about it, check it out here.  the tiles are clear, chrome and shades of blue with some random neutrals thrown in there.  i found some adhesive that was a grout mix and it was already combined.  that took lots of work out!  i just applied the mix to the tray, laid the tiles down, and then applied the mix to the tops of the tiles to seal them.  i spread the mix on top with a grout tool to make sure to get it in all the nooks and crannies, and then i wiped it clean with a damp sponge.  i gotta say, this has been one of the easiest projects i've done to have such a dramatic difference in the end.  i love how it looks on my dresser! 

what are your favorite simple projects that pack a big punch?  leave us a comment below with a link to your blog post about your transformation or creation for a chance to be featured next week! 


 
 
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50 comments:

  1. I just shared today how ribbon, some drop cloth pieces and a sharpie marker makes what is probably my cutest craft to date http://mylifeinpencil.blogspot.com/2012/11/wnwnwhouse-address-banner.html

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  2. What a great idea, nice job!!

    Shirley

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  3. Gorgeous tray! I love it! I'd love for you to share this at my link party Submarine Sunday. It's open until Friday @ 11:59pm. I hope you'll stop by!

    T'onna
    http://navywifeypeters.blogspot.com/2012/11/submarine-sunday-5.html

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  4. Looks great~Got to love an easy project. I've had my eye out for trays like the one you have to make over. Found a hexagon one the other day but it's over 35 years old and still looks nice, I'd hate to redo it, so my search continues.

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  5. Oooh! I need this on my dresser. So cute and maybe it could help me contain our night pocket unloading. Good job. I am stopping by from create craft love

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  6. Absolutely love your site! I'm a new follower and am excited to come back to see some more great project. I love the colors you used for the tray. I would love if you followed back!
    I Heart Pears

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  7. Great idea!! It looks lovely, and i would never have thought to do that! :)

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  8. The tray looks fantastic!

    And to answer your question, I recently created a wedding gift for a friend using her invitation inside of a glass ball ornament, and it was simple to do, yet (I think) very elegant. Here's the link to my project: http://thethinkingcloset.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/diy-wedding-invitation-ornament/

    Glad to have found you at Classy Clutter.

    -Lauren

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  9. Love it!! I am coming from the Uncommon Designs Blog Hop...Nice to meet you :)

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  10. O my goodness, I love it! Such a smart idea using tiles. LOVE! Thanks so much for joining in The Thankful for Our Community Hop. I'm following through facebook and twitter.

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  11. No transformations here! Unless you count one more bit of grand baby apparatus!

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  12. Very cute! That is an original idea! Thanks for sharing! My love is furniture transformations so I will leave a link to one on mine...here is one to an antique sideboard I recently recreated...
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com/2012/10/gorgeous-antique-sideboard-reveal.html
    Have a blessed day and thanks for linking your fun creation up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  13. This is so very pretty! What a great idea! I am your newest Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and RSS follower. I'd love for you to stop by Posed Perfection for a visit and maybe even a follow back. Have a wonderful week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  14. What a beautiful idea! I love it, thanks for sharing!! I'm a new follower and going to stalk you on fb and wherever else you are...LOL

    Stop on by my crazy lil world and say "Hi" and perhaps follow back.

    Have a "Crazy Beautiful" week!

    Http://www.mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com

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  15. I just happen to have some left over glass tiles from a kitchen wall splash project. Now I know what to do with the leftovers!! Thanks so much.

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  16. I love trays of all kinds. This is so pretty.
    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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  17. You did a great job with this. I've never thought of tiling an old tray! Thx for sharing!

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  18. I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award. Check out my blog to see the details. theonlyten.blogspot.com

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  19. Great tray. It's beautiful. Thank you for sharing it on our blog at the Wednesday linky party!

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  20. I would love for you to share this (or any of your other great ideas) at the link party going on through tomorrow night at ‘Or so she says …’ Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  21. I love this tray! I need to check out the tiles at my Lowe's. I love the idea of the tiles in sheets. I am pinning because I do have an old tray that so needs some help:) Just dropping in from the hop:)

    Hope you week is full of laughter:)

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  22. Your tray looks great. I'd never thought of using the tile sheets for something like this, but what a perfect solution!

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  23. The tray looks so stylish with the tiles! Fabulous!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

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  24. What a great idea!! Your tray is awesome! I love the tile. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. I am so thrilled to have you. :)

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  25. So cute! And Such a good idea to use the tiles that come on sheets like that!
    I'm intimidated by grout, from all the grumbling I've heard my dad do when re-doing the bathroom... maybe I'll just have to give a tray like this a try!

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  26. This is fantastic! I love how you used the tiles to upcycle this tray! :-)

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  27. Hey Leshia! Another super cute project. I would have never thought of using tiles, but it looks to cute, and its wipeable!
    Thanks so much for linking up and linking back last week at the Humble Brag! Hope to see you back tomorrow to link up more great projects and see if you were featured. Don't forget, we will be giving away more free ad space! :)
    http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/the-humble-brag-link-party-7/

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  28. Hi!!! Found you on feed me Friday blog hop..... LOVE this idea and post. :) beautiful.

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  29. I love how it turned out - I have a few trays I could try this on! Visiting you from Debbiedoo's party and I am your newest GFC follower (us newbies have to stick together)! I would love if you would take the time to visit my blog and follow back - http://sarahsaturdiy.blogspot.com.

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  30. Hi, just saw this on Night Owl Crafting. Very pretty!

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  31. That looks fabulous! I had no idea you could buy those tiles at Lowe's.

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  32. Totally diggin' the tray! Thanks for linking up with the Clever Chicks blog hop htis week!

    I have a few simple repurposing projects I'd like to share with you:

    Eggshell bouquets: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/04/eggshell-bouquets-symbolic-mothers-day.html

    Ladder planter: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/05/recycled-ladder-turned-planter-total.html

    and
    Faux mercury glass: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/08/faux-mercury-glass-10-minute-craft-with.html

    Cheers!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

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  33. How cute! I loooove the tiles that you chose, they're very 'spa-ish' to me :)I would totally tile my shower or something (if I owned a home lol) in them!

    I would love it if you would link up at Martha Mondays, open now through Wednesday night!

    http://www.watchoutmartha.net/2012/11/martha-mondays-link-up-party-features_9388.html

    ~Amanda
    www.watchoutmartha.net

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  34. wow. that looks so professional. Thank you for sharing!

    We'll have a linky party tomorrow but the blog will be 'closed for business' on Thursday. That is: all the free Thanksgiving coloring pages etc. will be downloadable but I won't be turning on that computer..,So, we hope to see you tomorrow then! And if not, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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  35. Great idea!

    Thanks so much for linking up at http://believeninspire.wordpress.com/

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