Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Painted Leaf

While pillaging my stash of old accessories to decide what to put out for my Spring Mantle, I came across this old leaf tray. I got this 5+ years ago from PartyLite (my mom is a candle lady), so I have a lot of their old pieces that have long since been discontinued. I got this when I moved into my old apartment. It’s been put away for a couple of years now. It was time to get it back out, but it needed a makeover. The bookcase it was going to sit on is dark espresso… having a dark bronzy tray is just white noise. It needed some umph. Some POP!

So outside I went. I debated on spraying it gold, white, green, or blue. It was a long and tumultuous debate, but I made it through to the other side, after a text and phone call with Lani… Sometimes you just need to talk it out. We have plans to paint the living room a lovely Martha Stewart Bay Leaf, so green was out. I’m digging the gold, but was thinking a whole tray was a little much in my gold-less house. White is boring and I have a bunch of white vases that were staying. So by process of elimination, True Blue was the chosen one!

First I laid down a couple of thin coats of primer. Then a lot of thin coats of Krylon’s True Blue in gloss. I basically went out, sprayed a coat. Came back inside and unloaded the dishwasher. Went back outside and sprayed. Came back in and made my bed. And did this routine for half the day. It took a while since I had to wait till the top dried and then do the bottom… Next time I know to start on the bottom, and then finish with the top… Live & learn…

I added a touch of gold on the stem. I waited until the blue was dry (about an hour), and then held up one of my fancy shmancy USPS flat rate boxes so the main blue leaf was protected, and sprayed the stem. It’s not perfect, but it’s just the little touch of gold I was looking for. Debating on getting really crazy and adding gold to the edge of the whole leaf. Of course I’ll update you if my crazy pans out…

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I especially like that it’s pulling in the blues from the couch, since blue is seriously lacking everywhere else in the room.

I made a couple of pillows to go with my existing collection, but the blue tray is helping tie everything together. Now just imagine a lovely green on the walls. Its going to be so bright and glorious!

Total cost of my leaf tray makeover:
- Tray – had it
- White spray primer – had it, but runs a whopping $3.87 at Home Depot
- Krylon True Blue spray paint – I inherited it (Thanks Yvett!), $5.24 on Amazon  
- Krylon 18k Gold spray paint – had it, but $5.99 at Joann’s, and use a coupon!

Not bad for a free project! And a little cure to my painting itch…


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Jacqui!
      It is. If I have my blanket and snuggle up on the chaise section, I'm out in 5 minutes... ;)

  2. Yay! You did a great job Chica! Loving the blue. What else can we paint!?!?

  3. The leaf looks fantastic! What a great idea!

  4. Love love LOVE the pillows!


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