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I participated in the Summer Pinterest challenge in August, (you can read about it here), and really enjoyed the extra nudge to start and finish a project on such short notice. I felt spurred on every day knowing there was a deadline looming, and I bet I wasn’t the only one! So when I heard the pin-fest was back, I was definitely up for another challenge!
This is my Pinterest inspiration.
I’ve never tried gold leafing before, and was super thrilled to find the tutorial for this tray on Pinterest. Isn’t the tray awesome?
And this is the other tray I pinned, because I liked the idea of repurposing a cabinet door like this.
If you’ve been reading my blog then you’ll know all about the repurposed cabinet I just finished (here), and the re-covered lid of a pine chest (here). With these two projects completed, my project for this Pinterest challenge was the perfect DIY to tackle next…
And you might have guessed… making a tray from a salvaged cabinet door.
I picked this one up at ReStore. It was a brand new door, never been primed, painted, or stained. Perfect!
Let the project begin.
To tie in with the cabinet I just finished, I decided to paint this door in the same colour.
And to compliment the gold damask fabric on the pine chest, here is some of the hardware I decided to use.
I wanted to give the tray a hit of Hollywood Glam, so decided to go with all brass hardware, and accents.
I started with the brass box corners. I picked these up at Canadian Tire in two different sizes, and ended up using the larger ones.
The corners came with screws for mounting, but I swapped them out for small brass furniture tacks instead.
I thought they would look better with the nail head trim I had planned.
Next, I trimmed the sides in larger brass furniture tacks… and this is where pre-drilling the holes was the way to go. There’s no way the tacks would have survived otherwise. They would bend and/or break, and the rounded shape would take on an unintentional ‘hammered’ look!
I placed a felt pad on the end of my hammer to save the tack.
After the brass corners were in place, and all the trim was finished, I had to ask my hubby for some help.
Next came mounting the handles, and this job was better with two sets of hands. Besides, he’s better with the drill for this kind of task.
But first we needed to create a mini template for the screw holes.
And then drill the holes.
This part went a little slower. We swapped out the screws that came with the handles because the head was quite large, and we wanted to counter-sink them. Just to be sure to save future surfaces from harm.
This part was definitely the most tedious, but so worth taking the extra time. The screws counter-sunk perfectly. I added little bumpers to the corners…
I couldn’t decide on the gold leaf, but if I do go ahead with it, I’m thinking just in the center of the tray. What do you think? Would you go with gold leaf?
Here’s a look at the tray on the re-covered pine chest in Kaleigh’s room.
Slowly, piece by piece, her room is starting to come together!
Thank you …
- Sherry from Young House Love (Click here to see Sherry’s project)
- Katie from Bower Power (Click here to see Katie’s project)
- Ana from Ana White Homemaker (Click here to see Ana’s project)
- Erin from House of Earnest (Click here to see Erin’s project)
Looking forward to seeing what you came up with this time!
So what do you think? Gold leaf or no gold leaf? I have 2 votes for, but I still can’t decide…
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