Posts Tagged ‘tray’

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make me pretty – bar cart

January 15, 2013

When I found this crazy, folding up bar cart, at the thrift store I knew I had to re-do it. I loved the shiny brass accents, the trays that came out and the odd little fold up shelves on the sides. But man, oh man, what a pain in the but. I had to take the whole thing apart to be able to  paint it without getting paint on any of the hardware.

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I decided to paint the whole thing white. I used Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint – it was developed for trim and doors and has a really hard finish. I wanted the paint on the trays to not get chipped when they are pulled in and out. I cut some fabric for the bottom of each tray and then cut plexi-glass to fit on top. That way, when you get bored, you can pop out the fabric and replace it with different fabric or paper.

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I have been admiring a lot of bar carts on Pinterest lately. Here are some of my favorites:

From cupcakesandcashmere.com/apartment-therapy/

From cupcakesandcashmere.com/apartment-therapy/

from smallshopstudio.com/blog/page/3/

from smallshopstudio.com/blog/page/3/

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make me pretty – the case of the missing remote

December 21, 2010

Things have started to go missing around our house. The TV remote, Jasper’s favorite DVD, video cases. We are blaming it on the two year old and his secret hiding places. But it could very well be his frazzled parents trying to keep up with two kids, work and life.

So I decided we needed a tray for the coffee table to hold the TV remote’s. That way we would always know where they were (in theory at least). I started shopping around but everything I saw was too big or not very cute. Then I remembered some wood trays I had bought on clearance at Ben Franklin last year. Perfect – I would make my own perfect tray.

I started thinking about all the furniture pieces I had made-over. There have been a few that I really fell in love with and had a hard time letting go. Especially this little end table that I painted green and added some really pretty Japanese fabric on the drawer. But if I used the same paint and fabric on my tray it would be like I had a little piece of the table that I got to look at every day!

So here is my finished tray:

Jasper loves the birdies!

Will it keep us from losing any more remotes – probably not, but it sure is cute!