Wednesday, 23 July 2008
Before and After: Rosewood Tray
Do y'all remember a long, long time ago when I showed you all the fun stuff I bought at Value Village for my birthday? (Honestly, they should pay me for mentioning them so often...but then I guess not, since I usually say how overpriced they are) This is the rosewood tray from that shopping trip. I took a while to decide what I was going to do with it. I loved the colour of the wood, and would have just left it, except for the cigarette burn in the corner. I finally decided to paint it white (with craft paint, because I was too lazy to open up the can of wall paint, with a crackle finish. Well, that didn't work out. The white glue I used to crackle the paint just ended up making it look splotchy. I think I thinned it too much. I wanted a subtle effect. So then I painted another coat of white, and let it dry, then thinned some brown craft paint to try to do an antiquing glaze. Again I think I thinned it too much, because that didn't work either. I didn't even wait for that to dry before putting on another coat of white paint. When that finally dried, surprise! I had the finely crackled white finish that I wanted! I still want to somehow glaze it to make it look old and not so stark white, but I'll have to figure out what to use that won't start disolving the paint and glue that is already on there. I think I need to add some plates or something above the try to balance out the narrow gold mirror below. and I need something white on the end table. I love the scrolly details on the edges, and the finish turned out exactly how I wanted it, despite the trial-and-error.