just a smidgen

A Vintage Beach Tray Update with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

My garden is just starting to bloom.. and I spent a quick few minutes plucking some favorites to share today.

I’ve been looking for a little tray like this one Pottery Barn for a long time, but couldn’t see my way around paying $$$ for a designer or a Vintage piece.

But I found this one at Home Sense.. only $20! I know it’s not as sturdy or as large, but it works for me!

I could stand it up as a display shelf or lay it flat to use as a tray.

But that blue just wasn’t working for me.

I’ve been wanting to try Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY for.. about a year, but I’ve been too afraid to try.
Finally, this was a piece I could afford to “destroy”. I picked up some little pots of paint at Interiors to Inspire. Their location was a little tricky to find, but once I got there, they were so friendly and spent a great deal of time answering my questions. They offer lots of classes that I’d love to try as well.

I’m happy to say, things went quite smoothly.

As promised, I did nothing to prep the wood,
Just slathered the grey color over top.

It took a second coat to “smoosh” into some of the crevasses where too much blue was showing through.

A little blue was ok, almost made the piece more “Beachy” feeling.

Which was perfect because I was thinking I could fill it with my heart rock or shell collection for a Beach theme.

The sales clerk at the store said everyone was asking her what they would use a tray like that for.

How about a pretty storage solution for garden seed packets?

Or displaying photos and keepsakes?

Organizing craft supplies..

or a place to display the blooms from your garden

in vintage lavender bottles.

The sweet colors bring to mind summer.. and the sun.

We’re hoping for more of that soon.