How You You Can Have A Tray Making Frenzy Part II continues, this time using wood rounds. You can read about Part I here. Actually how you can have a tray making frenzy started with this idea. I was inspired by the serving tray, Lisa of Celebrate Creativity made and thought it would be a good item for Shoppe No. 5. I got the 15 inch wood round.
And did you know people are either drawn to circles or squares? I learned that so long ago when I was in art school. I like circles so I lean towards this tray.
When I bought the pulls, this was the tray that was going to get the set where the screws would have to go up through the bottom. And I did get the screws. When I went back to get new pulls because the man at the hardware store said he couldn’t find screws that would work on the other set I decided to get pulls with the holes visible.
The pulls I bought during the second shopping trip come in brushed nickel and a bronze like finish. I bought the silver color ones because I had decided to use the white pickling stain. I liked this tray so much I decided to keep it. Right now it is on my kitchen table with a plant on it. I used Polycrylic on this, applying three coats, sanding between each coat using a 220 grit sandpaper.
To put the pulls on I measured and then drilled small pilot holes. I used silver color screws to blend with the pulls.
Because I liked the white tray and decided to keep it I went to Home Depot to pick up another wood round. I got a wood round in 17 inches.
And now here is where I will show you what I did differently from the other trays.
For another project I made the stain from vinegar and steel wool. My friend mentioned how cool it looks and I should give it a try. Well I ended up using the white wash stain on the table top it was intended for but decided to use the rust stain on the 17 inch tray.
I was running low on the apple cider vinegar and decided to use a combination of red wine vinegar and apple cider. It is my understanding the color is different based on the type of vinegar used. I left the glass jar on the kitchen counter. Finally I decided it needed to move out to the garage and be used. When I made it, I didn’t measure, using a glass spaghetti sauce jar I put in the # 0000 steel wool, you can tear it up so it mixes faster, added the vinegar to about midway and left it. Every so often I would swoosh it around.
I started by wiping the, what I call the rust stain on the wood round with a paper towel. Use a sponge brush. That worked perfectly. Before staining, I sprayed the wood with water to allow the grain to open. The wood takes the stain better. You use it like any other stain. I wiped it back and then applied another coat. I ended up staining it three times, both sides.
I like it. It is a nice clear stain allowing the wood grain to show through. I am going to try it again using other types of vinegar. Once it dried, I coated the tray using the Polycrylic, it was three coats on this tray also.
The day I bought the larger wood round I stopped and bought the bronze like pulls. I also used gold wood screws so it would blend with the pulls.
So this is the story of How You Can Have a Tray Making Frenzy Part II. Whether you lean toward lineal lines or circles there is a tray for every taste.
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Materials Used in This Project
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