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Lou Lynn’s Tray


It’s finally done! This is the tray I offered as the giveaway prize for my very first Furniture Feature Friday. The winner was Lou Lynn from the Life of Lou Lou and her fabulous chair makeover. This is what the tray looked like before. It was a thrift store find and actually was in really nice condition. It could have been left “as is” and I gave Lou Lynn that option. She chose to have me custom paint it for her in a soft blue/gray with white hand painted detail.

I chose to distress the edges to give it more character and a sense of age. It also will hide any dings that may occur in daily use.

I hand painted some detail around the outside of the handles in addition to the border around the surface of the tray.
The hand painted scroll work was inspired by the footed tray I recently received from Kim at My Domestic Bliss. I really never know where inspiration is going to come from!

Once the tray was distressed and hand painted, I added an antiquing glaze to highlight the beading around the edge of the tray and give it more dimension.

I really love how it turned out. Blue & white is my thing, so it’s a little sad for me to say goodbye to it, but that’s how it frequently is for me. I think this tray would be perfect on a coffee table, as a vanity tray, or to serve guests. This is such a useful and functional piece.

Lou Lynn, I hope you love and enjoy it for many years.
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  1. Wow! Amazing work. I love it.

  2. Oh my goodness that tray turned out great, I love the etching on it great work.



  3. You are so talented – I always enjoy your painted pieces. Sally

  4. It is truly lovely! Blue and white is my thing too. I know she'll enjoy it. I have trays in use around the house. One my big cat lays in while I'm at this computer!

  5. Beautifully done. It looks so vintage and interesting.

  6. Wow! I love this and you did a great job on the scroll work.
    Lou Lynn will be very happy with it!

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  7. That is just gorgeous! I love the color combo and your distressing.

  8. Gorge!!

  9. IMO a piece is just a piece until your brush touches it. Then it's transformed into art.

    The tray is gorgeous! I love all the steps you took the time to implement. You gave it so much dimension. I'd have a very hard time letting it go too, but then I can't snap another one out like you can. :)


  10. Absolutely Beautiful!!!!

  11. A beautiful transformation

  12. Beautiful! What a lovely transformation. I love all the details.

  13. That tured out jus stunning. I adore the colour choices!
    Beautiful job as always.

  14. OMGOODNESS!!! OH MYGOODNESS!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!! I can't wait!!!!

  15. love this! i have painted a boring old console table in a very similar grayish-blue with white detailing and antiqued finish…as soon as i find new knobs that pass muster (i'm on my 3rd set…), i'm going to link it to furniture feature friday :)

  16. That is beautiful!

  17. Simply beautiful! Lucky woman to get such a great handpainted piece- excellent work!
    Dee Dee

  18. That is so awesome..creativity revealing God's amazing creativity!

  19. Okay, I now want breakfast in bed since I saw this tray!

  20. Gorgeous as always! I'd love to be served Mother's Day breakfast on that!

  21. So charming! Not only do you paint beautifully, but I admire your knack for picking out just the right color and pattern for each piece you do. It's always such a joy for me to see what you come up with each week!

  22. That is gorgeousness right there. The detail you added really makes the piece. She'll love it!

    Thanks for linking up, dear :)

  23. It's great to see how excited Lou Lynn is – it must make it easier to part with it. The tray turned out absolutely stunning! I love it!

  24. You are AWESOME! Maybe one day I can wield a paint brush half as well as you do.

  25. The tray looks fabulous! I am just starting to do some handpainting and loving it! I find I have more control over these arms and fingers than I thought. I will definitely be coming here for inspiration! Thanks! p.s. what color is that blue / grey?

  26. that is so pretty, i love the color combo and the vintage french look.

  27. You SERIOUSLY need to give lessons on painting – you do SUCH a fabulous job. LOVEEEEE this tray!

  28. That tray is just lovely! You did a great job!


  29. That tray is so so pretty, love it!

  30. That tray is gorgeous!

  31. Wow! What a transformation! It turned out beautiful. I love the color.

  32. Really pretty. I am liking blue a lot these days. I am still a little scared though as I was once a country blue and mauve fiend in the 80's and am still a little scarred :)

  33. You really are incredibly talented. I love your work. And I would love to know about your journey to opening your own store. Were you a SAHM prior?

  34. Fit for a "queen"!…

  35. It is beautiful. I love the colors and the antique glaze you added looks fabulous. Lou Lynn is one lucky lady!


  36. So gorgeous! Wish i had won 😉

  37. beautiful. just enough detailing to make it incredibly special.

  38. That is so beautiful! I am in love with that color Blue! Thanks for linking! See you next Wednesday for more linking fun!!!

    Becca @ Blue Cricket Design!

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