Modern Rustic Tray
This serving tray was an experiment in aging wood. I found it at my local thrift shop but it was the kind of thing you would find, unfinished at a craft store like Michaels. It hadn’t been turned into anything yet.
I started by distressing it, scraping, gouging, banging, even burning it. My twelve year old had lots of fun helping with this step. Next I applied several washes of paint, a couple of orange stripes, and finally a coat of stain.
I learned a couple of things from this piece. First, that I never want to use oil based stains again. The odor was just awful and lingered for quite a while… days! Second, that smaller decor pieces are perfect for trying new ideas and finishes on. If I hadn’t been pleased with the result it would have been far less work to redo than if it had been something much larger, like a dresser. So I’ll be keeping my eyes open for more wooden items to experiment with.