Saturday, September 15, 2012

Stacked Trays

I think I have a thing for gluing stuff together to make new stuff. I found a set of trays at Goodwill,hated the design but for 5.00 bucks for three nice trays I thought I could do something with them.


Here are the trays in their original strange splendor.




I washed the trays first and then primed them with three coats of primer. It was really hard to cover that lovely aquatic scene (snigger). After priming I had to paint on five, count em... I said five coats of paint. That fish wasn't going out without a fight. I also had three wooden candlesticks  and a wooden ball, sooo I proceeded to glue the candle sticks to the tray bottoms  and glued them one to the other. I used the smaller candlestick on the top tray  and then glued the ball on top of the candlestick to make a finial. Here's how it looks all glued together




I envisioned it filled with all kinds of goodies for the holidays. Since fall is upon us I decided to decorate it  for the season. In retrospect it probably would have been a good idea to add a nail to each candlestick for stability.  It's pretty sturdy, but I wont be adding anything heavy to it. Sorry I forgot to take a picture of the candlesticks, but they are those basic unfinished sticks that they sell at the craft store.A few more looks at the vignette.







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49 comments:

  1. Great job transforming those fish trays. Looks beautiful.

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  2. Love how you transformed those stinkers! Can't believe that's what they looked like before, I'll have to remember to give that try myself- so different to not use round plates!
    xoxo
    Kim

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  3. Just beautiful Karen!!!! I love your idea and love your gorgeous fall vignette...hugs and love, Dawn

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  4. Oh what a fun idea, it looks fabulous. Love this idea. Beautifully displayed also. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Absolutely genius! I love how it turned out. It makes for a beautiful vignette!

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  6. This is not only "FUN", it is SO USEFUL!!! WOW does that add lots of interest to your setting, WHICH is FABULOUS!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Donna

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  7. Oh that is CA-UTE!! So much better than before! I've seen a set of trays just like that at the Goodwill and I never woulda thunk in a million years to do something like that with them......So thanks so much for the inspiration! Vanna

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  8. Wow, great job, Karen! I love the final outcome. I would have been cursing each coat as the fish showed through! I can absolutely see that decorated with ornaments and beads for the holidays. What a great piece to add to your vignettes.

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  9. This turned out so great I think I'd better bust out the glue! ~ Maureen

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  10. I LOVE what you did with those trays! And I laughed with the "that fish wasn't going anywhere without a fight" comment. Soooooooooo pretty & I LoVE your finished display. Enjoy!
    Charlene

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  11. How pretty Karen! I love this idea, and your photos are fantastic. Thanks for sharing with my party.

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  12. Wow, what a transformation! Lots of painting, huh? I really like the end result...and all of the decor is beautiful!

    Pat

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  13. I love the trays. You really did a good job with them. I can think of all kinds of uses for one. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  14. Absolutely love it! I think I might have kept on walking when I saw those, so good for you for having such great vision! Visiting for Debbie Do's party.

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  15. These are amazing! I need to go to the thrift stores tomorrow and look for trays for seashells. I love what you did with these! Great idea!

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  16. Wow....the trays turned out great! I love your vignette. So pretty!

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  17. What a great idea!!! I love the way the trays turned out :-)

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  18. Brilliant! Five coats of paint? Aya . . . I think this looks just beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Hi Karen, Love,love, love your style. Great displays. I'm your newest follower on Linky and hope you follow me. Glad I joined DebbieDoo's Newbie hop (Grad) today. Helen

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  20. Wow, I love it!! Such beautiful displays. Your newest follower from the Newbie Party. :)

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  21. um......can you say FABULOUS!!!!! those trays were so lucky you found them -- HOW AWESOME is this project!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!! so glad you shared them with us!!!! i hate to be pushy -- but can you share them over at Junkin Joe on friday...i would love for my readers to see these beauties!!!! You really rocked this project my friend and here here to gluing things together!!!!! : ) tons of hugs...

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  22. This is so pretty! I browsed through your other posts to see some of the lovely things you put together and just signed up as your newest follower. :@

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  23. Your burlap wrapped vase and flower arrangement are simply beautiful, as well as the color palette. Fall is the perfect time of year for a nature themed vignette- not to mention Goodwill, paint & patience being the perfect ingredients for fall projects. Great idea and look!

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  24. Did you use Kilz? LOL I can't believe you put so many coats on! The end result is, indeed, a wonderful change. I like the addition of the webbing as an accent on top of the books. Visiting from Layla's party. :-)

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  25. That turned out great! I love a tiered display. Totally worth all the effort. I'd love it if you linked up at my weekly party - Mod Mix Monday!

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  26. I've been looking through your blog. My first time here and am your newest follower. I'm adding you to my blog roll. Great ideas.

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  27. You are great with glue and paint! Everything is just gorgeous!
    Liz

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  28. That was a great idea. The entire display is so lovely.

    Janet

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  29. Your vignette is stunning, and what a great idea for transforming your trays.
    Mary Alice

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  30. You took something totally gross that I would never buy and made it the envy of everyone at the party. Great job! Thrifty and beautiful!

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  31. Great job and idea! The stacked trays are fantastic and all the vignette lovely!
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina

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  32. I love the trays but even more so I think I love how you filled them! The white items are so pretty and the mixture of the other shades is just perfect!!

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  33. You are a Goodwill stacking GENIUS! That looks amazing, I can't wait to borrow/steal that idea!!

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  34. Amazing before and after. You have such a special touch and can make something special out of nothing much!

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  35. Beautiful vignette. Love the look with so much white. Perfect.

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  36. Such a pretty vignette, Karen--I love the book stacks, and the ribbon that you chose. And what a cool idea for your tray stack with the candleholders--very clever and pretty!

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  37. What a fabulous idea! Love the arched window, too.
    *Smiles*

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  38. Sooo lovely! What a great transformation! I'm your newest follower through GFC.
    Tuula :)

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  39. Hello! Found you via My Romantic Home. Love what you have done with this little fall vignette! Pinning a few images to my Autumn Splendor bored. Stop by and see me sometime at my blog. I'm your newest follower!

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  40. What a great idea transforming those trays, love it!

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  41. I love what you did with the trays (they definitely cried out for a makeover!). It takes a lot of patience to do that many coats of paint, but it was well worth it. Love how you have made them part of a great vignette. Very pretty!

    Just found your blog and I'm loving it!

    XO,
    Jane

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  42. Where did you find that wonderful arched mirror/window? I love it. Your vignettes are lovely; I particularly like the strip of striped burlap (?) under the shoe last.

    Rita at Cashel1916@yahoo.com

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  43. And the tiered trays are an attractive and clever idea.

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  44. Can't believe I missed this post. Your display is absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful makeover on the trays. Congratulations on your features!!!

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  45. I just happened across your blog and have been reading several of your posts. Lovely! I especially like your tiered caddy with the trays. I think I may have to borrow your idea. Thank you.

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  46. This looks fabulous! I love the stacking trays and your idea of using the candle stick and wooden ball to make a finial is a great idea! I am excited to dig into more of your posts and stay connected with you :)

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  47. I love the fish drawing on the tray.


    lisa

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