I haven’t posted a DIY in a while – things have been a little nutty as you can imagine. Well today after I put Violet down for a nap I decided to tackle a brand new DIY for the blog. In fact she’s still sleeping now that I’m creating this post! It’s the perfect simple DIY for a spring afternoon.
It all started with a vintage octagonal metal tray I picked up at a yard sale this past weekend.
I kind of like it just as it is and you might too. But it looks better in the photo than in person – the floral design in the middle is more like a sticker or decal and doesn’t look so great. If had been just black with gold detailing I probably would have left it as is. But since as you can see it didn’t cost me a fortune, I thought it was worth trying this DIY I’d been meaning to do for some time now.
Yes, I decided to strip off all of the old paint!
I used a typical paint stripper (called Super Stripper) from the hardware store. One can is more than enough. I also used heavy rubber gloves, a disposable paint brush, some steel wool and a metal scraper. I also completed the whole project on top of two large layers of cardboard. The stripper is toxic and you don’t want it getting all over the place.
Simply pour some of the paint stripper onto the tray in a fairly thick layer. It starts working immediately!
This tray was wonderful because of the slopped sides – it kept the paint stripper in check and held the thick layer in place on the old enamel paint. See how sections of silver metal are already showing? This happened very quickly.
Then start using the paint brush (and scraper if you need to) to loosen large sections of the paint. You’ll see which areas need more effort than others. But over all its quite easy! Just be very careful with this toxic chemical and do it outside.
Just keep working at it and once you have one side done, you can turn it over and do the other side.
And once you have the paint mostly off, use steel wool and the scraper to make sure it is totally free of paint. I used a watering can full of lots of water to rinse the tray off, then used a disposable sponge and lots of soap and water to clean it off and remove the chemical reside that might be there.
Looks pretty good!
There are some age spots and rusty marks which I’m grateful for – I want it to look old, not like a new silver tray. I was hoping it would look kind of rough and have imperfections beneath the paint.
It looks good outside leaned against my shed, but check it out indoors in use!
It adds a beautiful softly reflective layer to my coffee table and holds decorative books, flowers, drinks, tea or coffee, you name it! Plus it would look great hanging on a wall (over a sideboard perhaps?).
This is a simple and satisfying DIY – go give it a try! P.S. Violet is now awake – gotta diaper to change!