HOW TO TURN AN OLD WOOD TRAY INTO A HEAVY-DUTY LOOKING IRON TRAY | YOUTUBE VIDEO
Hi creative SI Family! It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday my friends and I’m sharing a trashed wood tray makeover. This wood tray is going to magically turn into an iron tray using this easy paint technique. I’m also sharing an update on my patio gazebo. When I posted my painted chandelier post back in May, Many of you were curious about what it was going to look like all grown in with greenery so I can’t wait for you to see it!
I’m also sharing…
- How to Mix Your TSP or TSP Substitute
- How To Speed Up Your Projects Dry Time
- How To Create Texture w a Cheap Brush
- How To Turn Wood Into Metal!
- And my T2T Crews Before and Afters at the end of today’s post
Here’s the wood tray I started with. I don’t remember where I found it but my original idea was to sand it down to bare wood and then wood burn a pattern into it. I started sanding it but moved on to another project and forgot about it.
Before I get into the how-to details here’s a sneak peek of the NEW look! What do you think? It really looks like rusting iron right!?!
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HOW TO MAKE WOOD LOOK LIKE IRON
These faux metal patinas are REALLY easy to do with the right products.
Here’s how it all came together…
PREP | CLEAN
I removed this tray from the floor of my sanding room and gave it a really good cleaning with this TSP substitute. Just as I do with my furniture, I like using it in a spray bottle and wiping it down with a large sponge. For this 32oz spray bottle, I add 1 tablespoon of White Lightening (or TSP) and mix. Super easy because I don’t need to remix with every new project. This spray bottle cleans several projects until I mix up a new batch.
PAINT BASE COLOR
For the base color, I chose a light gray – Manatee Gray Chalk Mineral Paint and painted one quick coat all over the tray.
TIP – To speed up dry time, I like using a blow dryer or heat gun. I learned this little trick when I was teaching at the Ontario California Redesign With Prima and Dixie Belle Conference back in 2019. We had limited time for each class so heat guns were provided for faster dry time. The trick is to keep the hot air moving. If you hold it in one spot for too long it could bubble or peel your paint. But if you move the heat over your project, it REALLY speeds up dry time dramatically!
1ST COAT OF IRON PATINA
Once my Manatee Gray was dry I painted one coat of this Iron Patina Paint. I used a criss-cross motion with this chip brush to create a little texture. Chip brushes are amazing for adding texture by using a crisscross stroke or dabbing the bristles up and down. Then using the heat gun, dried the first coat of iron patina 100%.
2nd COAT OF IRON PATINA
Using the same chip brush I painted a second coat of iron patina paint. You can see the texture in the paint! While the paint was still wet, I moved on to the next step.
While the iron paint is still wet I sprayed it with this Green Patina Spray. This spray activates the patina/rusting process. Once it’s sprayed, all you have to do is wait between 2-6 hours and let the magic happen!d
Here’s what it looked like after six hours. Pretty amazing right?! But a little too much rust patina for my liking. I brushed the spray into the paint while it was wet (and I shouldn’t have!) which I’m sharing on the Youtube Video below. It’s best to spray it on and let it be.
To tone down the rust, I added some extra iron paint and here’s the finished look! Check out the corner. It really looks like heavy metal or a cast iron! It even looks like the corner was welded together!
Since this tray is going to be used outdoors, I’m waiting to seal it with Gator Hide. YES GATOR HIDE IS BACK! I can’t wait to get my hands on more! This will seal this iron patina for outdoor use because Gator Hide is not only water resistant, it’s waterproof. Perfect for outdoor projects. You may remember I top coated my kitchen table with Gator hide, and it’s been 2 years and it’s still super durable, with no scratches and so easy to clean!
STYLE YOUR TRAY
I styled this tray with Fall Foliage. I know we are still in the hot summer months and many areas are in a heat wave. But in blog land, it’s nice to stay a few months ahead of schedule so we can spark some ideas for upcoming seasons. I purchased a few faux fall foliage branches from my local dollar store and used these gold gilded pumpkins I made last year. I think it looks super cute!
Here’s the finished look!
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel HERE. Our #siyoutubefamily has hit 14.8K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
And as promised, here’s the update on my backyard gazebo canopy tent without the tent. Here’s what it looked like at the beginning of the season when I first painted the chandelier.
And here’s what the gazebo frame looks like all grown in. Ontario is wine country and our vines grow beautifully here. I’m not sure if I’m going to get edible grapes or not but I’m hoping. I also planted a wisteria at the beginning of the season. I believe it takes a couple of years for Wisteria to mature but I can’t wait to see if I’m going to get any of those gorgeous flowers next spring.
AND NOW FOR SOME TRASH TO TREASURE FUN!
You’re going to LOVE what my creative team of Trash To Treasure ladies do! Below are their BEFORE photos. Visit the links below to see the amazing AFTERS and learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek as well! x
5. SALVAGED INSPIRATIONS (HAPPY YOU’RE HERE!)
I’ll be back next Tuesday with this beauty. It’s the matching piece to this Royal Damask Painted Vintage Desk I did a few months back. I can’t wait to start this gorgeous piece and see where it takes me. Hope you have a fabulous week and see you then!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS FAUX IRON TRAY MAKEOVER. FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!
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