Guest Blogger~Barbara!


Hi everyone!

Oh, I have a fun treat for you today! The wonderfully creative Barbara is with us and she has a fun thrifty project to share! I know you are going to enjoy this so, I hope you will leave a comment after you are finished reading and also check out Barbara's blog 21 Rosemary Lane! You will not regret it!

All yours Barbara!


Hi everyone...my name is Barbara and I'm over visiting from 21 Rosemary Lane. First off I must tell all of you lovelies out there how thrilled I am to be here in this sweet corner of "Bloggyland" known as The Thrifty Groove. Diann has been incredibly gracious in letting me do a guest post while she is away, so today I am going to share with you my thrifty idea for updating an outdated serving tray.










I've had this tray for several years now and although I still get plenty of use from it, the style of the tray no longer reflects the tone of the decor in my home or back patio where I plan to use it.










 I thought the best way to transform this tray would be to paint it with my homemade chalk paint first and then change up the surface of the tray. I grabbed some paint I already had, and using a simple chalk paint recipe, I mixed up a light turquoise paint and brushed it right over the black sides and bottom of the tray. The best thing about chalk paint is that there is no prep work involved...all you need to do is to just start painting! (Click here for the recipe.) After the paint was completely dry, I distressed it with 100 grit sand paper.










Then I dipped into my wine cork collection which was beginning to overflow a wee bit, and using 44 corks of varying sizes, I cut them in half length-wise. I chose to use wine corks not only because I happen to have an abundance of them, but the corks themselves are functional as well as stylish. They are absorbent so they can sop up any of the condensation which tends to form on glasses and pitchers containing cold beverages during the warm summer months. In addition they also provide a non-slip surface for these items as well.










I arranged the cork halves end to end and when I finally came up with the configuration that worked best, I simply glued them with my trusty glue gun right onto the existing tile.









I also added some jute twine for a little more detail in addition to hiding a few spots where there was an occasional gap between the corks.








Now I have the perfect serving tray for hosting small summer gatherings on my back patio.









I hope this post has provided for you an idea or two of how to update a serving tray or anything else you have using simple wine corks, some chalk paint and a hot glue gun!





 Again, I want to give another big shout out to Diann for allowing me to hang for the day with all of you here at her lovely blog...


The Thrifty Groove.





Have a super day!


13 comments :

  1. What a great idea! I have a tray like that and I may have lots of corks from wine bottles that may work! I'd like to make mine white...going off to see get the paint recipe! Hugs,
    FABBY

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    1. Wow...you have the perfect storm for a beautiful tray! Would love to see your finsihed product! Thanks for the comment and have a great weekend!!!

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  2. The corks really give it an updated natural look! I love it...and just in time for summer time entertaining!

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment...I am really enjoying this tray on our back patio.

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  3. This is a wonderful idea! I love the update on the tray!

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  4. Great idea. I have a small tray that would work outside on my table that I see and read and enjoy cold beverages. Thank you for the recipe also.

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    1. Thank you for the comment...I actually saw a smaller version of mine while I was on vacation last week and it was prices at $45! So I say go for it!!! :)

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  5. I have a large jar of corks what a great way to up date an old tray.
    cathy

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  6. This tray came out perfect! Love the color and what could be more perfect for the bottom of a tray than cork :) Thanks Diann for making this available & thanks to Barbara for sharing!
    Francine
    Ethereal PLUS what I Love

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    1. Thank you Francine!!! It was pretty easy to make as well. Have a great day!!!

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  7. Barbara love your tray makeover! Great job. The paint is such a wonderful color!

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    1. I love the color too...it's so fresh and summery! Thank you so much for your comment!

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Thank you for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your ideas. If you ask a question, I will answer it here in a comment back to you. Please check back! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day! Diann :)