Tray Chic Part 3!

Well, the table is finally ready to ship off the the Maine Discovery Museum to be displayed in various storefronts in downtown Bangor Maine before being auctioned off in November. Absentee bidding will be offered for anyone not attending the auction in person, details soon on the Maine Discovery Museum’s website.

If you missed the previous instalments (and step by step how to) on this project you can see part 1 here and part 2 here, but wait, before your eyes glaze over and you start smiling and nodding I have something that may be of interest to all crafters. I will be using a product called Envirotex Lite on this table and will tell you all about it further down in this post ๐Ÿ˜‰ Now here is a pretty picture:

Here is the finished table, sorry about the crooked picture ;)

Here is the finished table, sorry about the crooked picture ๐Ÿ˜‰

That is the finished table with and without the tray in place. I “Distressed it by using aย  small amount of cream colored paint I made my mixing Titanium White with a touch of Burnt sienna (all paint for this project was generously donated by M. Graham & Co., thanks!) and dry brushing it across the surface with a fan brush.

Here is the finished table top

Here is the finished table top

To add a bit of flair to the table top I used 1/8″ Scor-Tape to make a border around the chess board area then pressed copper leaf over it, I used a 6″x6″ sheet to do all of this but an experienced leafer could probably get away with less ๐Ÿ™‚ Then I used DaVince style alphabet stamps (Hampton Art Stamps) and letter stamps (PSX) to label the board and add a funky design aspect. I “inked” the stamps withย  a foam brush and the same cream paint. Be sure to clean your stamps as soon as you are done because dried paint on a rubber stamp is a BAD thing! I defined the dark squares (and covered up any mistakes) by side loading (adding paint to one corner of a damp brush and painting to make a blended shadow) inside the brown squares. If you paint make friends with this technique!

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here is the inside view of the tray

here is the inside view of the tray

At this point all of the painting is done. I coated the table and the bottom and sides of the try with a thin coat of spray varnish. To protect the inside of the tray I used a product called EnviroTex Lite so that it will have a thick, clear heavy duty coating protecting the paint from spills and moisture. There are some things you need to know about this product before you begin:

Place what you want to varnish on a level surface, this product will level itself so you want your project some ware flat.

Have all your supplies ready, once you begin you need to be able to finish it. You will need a stirring stick, a cup with flat sides and bottom, a timer (I used my oven timer) and if you have long hair pull it back in a ponytail.

Make sure you have all your supplies ready and enough time to compleate this project!

Make sure you have all your supplies ready and enough time to compleate this project!

This is a two-part resin that need to be mixed in equal parts, mix both parts together and whip quickly for 2 minutes (use the timer). Pour the mixture on the table. For the tray I tipped it back and forth until the surface had an even coating. Set the timer for 5 minutes, you will notice little bubbles in the Envirotex, breath on the bubbles and they disappear, the carbon dioxide makes them go away.

breathing on the resin removes the bubbles...really!

breathing on the resin removes the bubbles...really!

At this point if you see anything undesirable floating in the varnish such as a piece of cat hair or a speck of glitter ๐Ÿ˜‰ you can remove it with a toothpick. Leave it on the level surface to harden overnight after that you can relocate it but give it a couple of days before you use it to make ure it is fully cured.

Mmmmm Shiny! see the light fixture reflected in the resin, man, that's glossy!

Mmmmm Shiny! see the light fixture reflected in the resin, man, that's glossy!

I think the creative possibilities with this are endless, I think I will use the leftover portion to make some cast resin beads! I’ll let you know how they turn out! Also, another thing to remember, only mix what you need for a project because once it is mixed it will harden and don’t mix more than you will use in a year or it may go bad.

Thanks for staying with my through this long post! Big thanks to the M. Graham Paint Co. for donating the paint for this project and to the Maine Discovery Museum for letting me be part of this auction again this year, thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Tray Chic {part duex!}

Here we are in the second phase of the the tray table I am painting for the Maine Discovery Museum’s Charity Auction, to see part one click here. This step is done in well under an hour and will teach you a faux-finishing technique called marbleizing, lets take a look at what the table will look like when this step is finished:

An easy faux-finishing tecnique!

An easy faux-finishing technique!

I wanted the table top to have a chess/checker board on the surface to add decoration as well as usefulness , how nice to be able to play a game of chess or checkers without dragging out a board! Here is what you will need for this step:

Supplies: Contact Paper, Acrylic Paint (M Graham & Co,), Craft knife, sea sponge, foam brush, ruler, pencil, Other: Painter's or masking tape, scissors and a feather or fine brush.

Supplies: Contact Paper, Acrylic Paint (M Graham & Co.), Craft knife, sea sponge, foam brush, ruler, pencil, Other: Painter's or masking tape, scissors and a feather or fine brush.

Step 1: Cut 32 1 1/2″ squares out of the contact paper. Mark out a 12″ square in the center of the table top and stick down the contact paper in the design of the grid.

Stick down the contact aper where you want the dark squares.

Stick down the contact paper where you want the dark squares.

Step 2. Mask off the boarder with painters tape.

The painters tape will give you a nice crisp border!

The painters tape will give you a nice crisp border!

Step 3. Set up your palette, I am using a disposable palette (a pad of this waxed paper) squirt out dabs of white, yellow ochre and burnt umber and mix them to make a dark, medium and light shade of brown, do not over-mix!

Mix 3 shades of brown using white, burnt umber and yellow ochre.

Mix 3 shades of brown using white, burnt umber and yellow ochre.

Step 4. wet the sea sponge and squeeze out all of the water you can, dab it in the paint colors and sponge over your checker board. Do not rub or paint may seep under the contact paper.

Never put paint on a dry sea sponge or you will ruin it, always wet it and ring it out first!

Never put paint on a dry sea sponge or you will ruin it, always wet it and ring it out first!

Just dab on the paint, that's all there is to it!

Just dab on the paint, that's all there is to it!

Step 5. Take a feather or thin paint brush and add in a few veins to the marble with strait burnt umber and white paint.

don't try to be perfect when painting the viens, the sloppier you are the better it will look!

don't try to be perfect when painting the veins, the sloppier you are the better it will look!

Step 6. Wash out your brushes and sponge with dish soap. Remove the painters tape and contact paper. Do not worry about any rough edges, we will fix those next time ๐Ÿ˜‰

Peel off the tape and contact paper and viola!

Peel off the tape and contact paper and viola!

Thanks for checking out my progress on this table and thanks to M. Graham & Co. for donating the paint for this project. Til next time happy crafting!

“Tray” Chic! {part 1}

No, I don’t mean “tres chic” I mean Tray Chic! I am painting a tray table for the Maine Discovery Museum to be auctioned off this fall. I thought it would be fun to document my painting process on my blog…for those of you not into painting you can just smile and nod ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is the painting I designed for the top of the tray table, I will add more detail later...or not.

Here is the painting I designed for the top of the tray table, I will add more detail later...or not.

I want to give a BIG thanks to the M. Graham & Company for donating the paint for this project, I’ve used their watercolors for years and their acrylics are perfect for this project, good color strength and blendability (trust me, I was painting outside on a 80 degree day!

Mmmmmm paint! {yummy paint from M. Graham & Co.}

Mmmmmm paint! {yummy paint from M. Graham & Co.}

The first thing I did was make an acrylic “stain” for my table since it was new wood and I didn’t want to cover the grain plus it would seal the wood and make it easier to paint on. I mixed equal parts burnt umber paint and acrylic gloss varnish and a squirt of burnt sienna acrylic. Spray the table with clean water and apply the stain quickly blending as you go with a large natural bristle brush, use a small bristle brush to get paint in the grooves.

the stained table. This is my least favorite part of a painting project, I hate the prep work!

the stained table. This is my least favorite part of a painting project, I hate the prep work!

Here is how I set up my palette, for acrylics I use a Masterson Palette seal (but you can do the same thing with a large flat Tupperware container. I placed damp paper towels on the bottom of my plastic container, put a sheet of waxed paper on top and weighted the corners with flat marbles then squeezed out enough paint for this part of the project (the tray insert) the damp paper towels will keep my paint moist while I paint and if I don’t have time to finish the painting I can snap on the cover and the paint will stay wet until next time.

When using artist quality acrylic paint you don't need a lot, this is more than enough to paint the table top!

When using artist quality acrylic paint you don't need a lot, this is more than enough to paint the table top!

I designed the pattern for the inside of the try buy cutting a piece of paper the same size as the bottom of the tray then I folded it corner to corner to equally divide up the halves then I sketched a calla lily motif in a big and little triangle and transferred that design to the table (you can make out the white lines of the transfer paper in this photo:

one quater of the design painted!

one quarter of the design painted!

I think this might make a nice digital stamp too;) Here is a pic with two sections painted in, since I repeated the pattern for the other half of the table it is balanced and easy to paint.

Half-way there! You can do this too!

Half-way there! You can do this too!

I have a lot more work to put in to this piece, this is just the tray that sits on top after all, Here is a look at the painted tray on the table base:

Not bad for a first tray...er, I mean try!

Not bad for a first tray...er, I mean try!

I’ll post the next installment of this project next week, thanks for readingย  {or just smiling and nodding} through this long post, till next time happy crafting!

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