Monday, September 20, 2010

Decoupage with a Twist

Happy Monday Everyone!

The other project I did during my blissful weekend of guilt-free crafting , was to decoupage two serving trays. Now I know anybody who has ever crafted for more than a week, knows how to decoupage, but this one has a twist in the me. (I'm a, just kidding, I'm not)

We use serving trays in our house a lot. Every morning I take my husband breakfast in bed on one...(thank you, thank you, you can stop clapping now...I know..I'm awesome). Ok, I have to admit, it's usually just coffee, and  toast or cereal, and it's minor compared to what he does for me, but the point is, I use a serving tray at least once a day. I'm saying this to explain that I can't just make a tray pretty, it must be durable, too.

I started out with two trays, which I primed with Kilz primer, of course.
One got sprayed red, and the other one black.

I took a picture of my "inspiration" glass of red wine.Wine and uninterrupted doesn't get much better than that....
The red tray got this black and white paper, and a red L that I printed out on the computer.

The black one got lime green scrapbook paper, and a collage of pictures of my kids that I had made at Wal-Mart. I could have just used the individual pictures, but my experience is the more pictures, the more little corners that can pop up.It is just easier and neater to do it this way.It was really cheap, way less than $5.00, for a  one hour development of a 10 x 8 print.

Again, some Dollar Tree vinyl lettering and hearts.

Then came the fun part....
Have any of you used this stuff before? You can buy it at Michaels or Lowes.It is a type of resin that hardens and leaves a thick, hard,glossy layer on top. Like they say, equal to 60 layers of varnish...sheesh!.
 It is very easy to do...just like the instructions show above. Just mix equal parts, stir well, and pour.
It takes 72 hours to cure before you can use it.
Can you see the finish? I'm not sure if you can from the picture.

I love the look. It makes a great gift to grandparents, too

You want to know what else I used this process on???

My kitchen table!

I was sick of the grooves - it was so hard to clean with the crumbs accumulating in there, that we came up with this plan..
Just stuck a bunch of memories on there, poured the resin, and now we have a wonderful conversation starter. So much fun to tell the story behind each different picture to enquiring guests!

We did this months ago, in my BB days (before blogging), so I don't have pictures of the process, but it is the same as for the tray. Only this time I  stuck the pics on one by one, of course.

The only thing is: what shall we do with it when we want to replace the set?
A friend suggested we take the top off and hang it on a wall. We might just have to. I'm very sentimental about pictures...

What do you think? Have you used this product before?
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  1. That is awesome. No I have not used that product. You are a crafting woman over here. You are so good too. Thank you so much for the kind made me blush:)

  2. I have never used it but I am dying to now. Too bad Micheals isn't open!

  3. I love your trays... They are so cute.And your friend is right, you will have to hang it on the wall. No way I would part with it!

  4. I love your trays, this is a neat idea! I agree that it would be great for gifts!

  5. I have also done both of these projects. Your turned out fantastic. Don't you love Mod Podge.

  6. Oh, I missed the part about the glaze coat. That is great!! Does it create a waterproof surface? I think our cousin did this to a bar top. It is fabulous. I will have to get some. Didn't know they sold it other than commercial applications.

  7. Hey, love what you did with your trays. I especially love the one with pictures.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. I am following you now too. Great projects.

  8. Aren't you a clever one!! LOVE the trays and what a wonderful idea for your kitchen table :)


  9. The trays and the table are fabulous. What fun projects. That table would definitely generate a ton of conversation with everyone looking at all the pics. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

  10. This looks like a lot of fun. I bet, decoupaging could become addicting. Do you find yourself looking around the house for something to decoupage? Great projects. Love the table such a conversation piece.

  11. That is truly inspirational! I love the trays, and your table -- it is lovely! What a very creative idea! I have to see if I can find a similar product here (Australia) as I am currently working on a tray and I am afraid for durability as well....Thanks for sharing!

  12. Love your trays, so cute! And your table is awesome. I've used that thick varnish before but only on a small table top. I really like and want to use it again.

  13. My mom did something similar as you table with an old metal box that she used for a coffee table. Had pictures of all us kids on it -

    love the trays!

  14. These turned out too cute!

    You should come link up to Scraptastic Saturday!

    Hannah @

  15. I totally love that stuff. I recently used in on a side table with maps.

    I love your dining table it turned out adorable.

  16. What great ideas! So cool that you did it on your dining table too. We go to a restaurant that does this but I've never been brave enough to try it at home. You are inspiring.

  17. Love the project! It's a great idea...I'd never heard of it before. Thanks for the info!

  18. What a beautiful decoupaged tray! And, the family frame is so creative! You've sure got talent ... thank you for sharing with all of us !! And, thank you for visiting my humble abode and leaving such a sweet note about my Fall cloches. I look forward to following your fun projects !! Take care, Becca

  19. SO creative!!! Wow! Fun ideas! Thanks for sharing your “creative mojo” with me on Thrilling Thursday. I hope you will be back again soon :)
    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

  20. That tray is ADORABLE! And I am in LOVE with your kitchen table! I would never have the guts to do something like that, and look what I'm missing out on!! So awesome! Thanks for the blog love, come visit Wingledings again sometime and let me know if you liked the fajitas! :-)

  21. Everything looks great!! Thanks so much for stopping by and joining us for Anything Related!

  22. I love your trays AND your photo table top. I am definitely sentimal too so I would hang it if you change tables.

    I am excited tho cuz I found my old tattered tray in my closet and I am going to try & make one. I don't know how to link back to you but I will give you credit for it and try to figure it out. You were my mod podge inspiration with these trays and the reason I bought my jar of it.

    Thank you for following me & answering my question.

  23. love this, I never knew where you could get resin and never heard of anyone besides Debbie Travis using it, so now I just mmight be brave enough to try it, thanks


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