Serving Tray

Serving Tray

This is a really cheap garage sale find, a beat up serving tray, that I scored for only .50 cents.  When recycling and repurposing you have to look beyond the initial shock or first impression, to figure out what to do with the item.  I have seen this tray going from $14.00 or much more!.  So the next question you may ask yourself is, what can`t paint do?  I cleaned the tray with soap and water, and let it  dry completely, before applying one coat of primer.




This is the primer I used for the serving tray.WP_20130908_004


First coat of primer, and first coat of spray paint. Sorry no pic of the primer.
WP_20130929_009After the first dry, I applied another coat of black lacquer Rust-Oleum, that I had from a previous  project.




The purpose of recycling this service tray, was to protect the Mid-Century Bench Style table.  I bought it at a thrift store, and it was all over covered with water marks, you can see it here..  After painting the borders with a sample paint that I bought for $1, from the “oops” section, I applied  a wallpaper sample from the Chiang Mai Dragon line. This paper goes with one of the pillows I made for the sofa, that you can also see here.   This is a  thrifty project that I made: black spray paint free from another project, + $1.00 for the Valspar sample, + .50c for the tray, + $7.00 for the wallpaper sample= $8.50 total cost.


One coat of Mod Podge in Matte and voala!!

Thank you for following and for your comments!!

Fabiola Garcia






Striped Pillows

Striped Pillows – Recycling a Curtain

These were a pair of curtain panels that were used for a short period by a family member, and were given to me for recycling.  I put the fabric away for a while, until I decided what to do with it.  One of the panels, was missing a piece of fabric, and I could not use it again as a curtain, I decided to make some pillows for the living room`s vintage mid-century sofa.  This is an IKEA fabric, sold by the yard.

I wanted these striped pillows to be different, so I Googled it  and found lots of ideas, for striped pillows, some very easy to follow, others not so much.  Of all of the ones I looked up, this is the one I followed for my pillows, with a little change in the size.

I started by cutting a square of 18 x 18 inches, for a pillow insert of 16 inches, leaving 1 inch per side cut for sewing. With 1/2 an inch is also enough but I prefer to do 1 inch.

I used a piece of scrap fabric for the square template 18×18.  I converted the square template into a triangle and cut the fabric making sure  the placing of the lines on the fabric goes vertical and horizontal, like in the pic below.


This is what I get after cutting and pinned the fabric.

WP_20140918_008This is the face of the pillow


For the other pillow I used the same template, folded once, and to be very accurate with the lines, I cut each 4 panel individually, making sure that the black lines matches the other panel black lines and the same with the white, like in the pic.


For this the fabric was placed in vertical position, and matched the stripes before cutting. I did the same 4 times, always pinning, and checking how it would look before cutting.

WP_20140920_015The inches in my fabric are 2 1/2 inches

WP_20140920_017This is the back of the pillows, so they can be use in 4 different ways.


For the Chevron pillows, I used the same 18×18 template, and used the Chevron pattern only in the front.

Thank you for reading my posts;

Fabiola Garcia