Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lemonade Anyone?

A few months ago I posted this picture as a sneak peek of an upcoming project, BUT..............our printer ran out of ink and I had to put it on the back burner for awhile.

But I'm happy to say we FINALLY got more ink and I was able to finish it. 

I thrifted this tray, probably at Goodwill, for something like 1.99.  I guess I didn't take a "before" of it, but just picture it being that really dark, almost black, ugly wood color.  I spray painted it and sanded it down a bit intending that I would make it sort of a picture collage tray.  My plan was to thrift an 11 x 14 picture frame and use the glass from it in the bottom of the tray to cover/protect the pictures.  But....then I decided  I wanted to do something else to it.

So I went Googling (it's so weird to me that "Google" is now a verb) and after searching pages and pages of images I came across this one and felt that jolt of inspiration.

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 So I re-created it on my computer.

Then waited a couple of months for more ink.

When I finally got it printed off, I used scrapbooking ink to stipple it and inked the edges to give it a more aged look.

Then I used Mod Podge and glued it on.  I suspected that the glue would cause the ink to run, and unfortunately I was right.  When I put the top coat on it was just too moist and gave it a pinkish tinge in places. I salvaged it the best I could, and all in all it's not too terribly noticeable but at this point I'm not going to redo it. 

Can you see our sweet lil' pooch zonked out in the background?  : )

So, not a perfect turnout with the runny ink, but it was kind of fun and a much better look than the orginal 70's brown.


  1. Stephanie, what a great project and it looks great even with the pink bits. It just looks more rustic. Maybe next time you can seal the paper with a clear coat in a spray can (like spray paint.) But it look darling and I am a new follower.

  2. Very cute Stephanie! And I love your end stands - they're adorable. Very nice vignettes you created! ~Rachel

  3. Lovely! I really like how it turned out! Great copy cat. :)

    Shared this on FJI Facebook for SNS 89. :)


  4. Looks fantastic !!! :)

  5. Squee!!! It's a cute as can be!
    (Gretchen is a nice addition too! :))

  6. Came here through the FJI facebook page. I so LOVE this, oozing with old world charm :) Looks great!

  7. That looks terrific and I think the pinkish tinge probably just adds to the look. And your "staging" pictures are great too.

  8. I think it turned out just perfect! Great idea to make a replica on the computer. Now that is creative thinking.

  9. very cute! too bad it took so long to finish. :)
    catching you this week!

  10. SO cute! Love your suitcase end table, too.

  11. It just gives it rustic charm. I love it on the suitcase. I just added a graphic to a table and rubbed some of it off, but again; rustic charm!


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