Anyway, this brings me to the bamboo serving tray that was sneak-peaked in my wicker set redo. Last summer I had been looking for a cheap tray that I could fix up when the renters across the street peaced out and left a TON of stuff on the curb for the trash man. Inconspicuously as I could, I
- Something to cut with
- Something to measure with
- Something to write with
- Choice color of spray paint
- Primer (if needed)
- Sand paper (if needed)
- Resin (I used EnviroTex Lite)
- Something to mix the resin in and with (I used a plastic cup and popsicle stick)
- Scrapbook paper
- Mod Podge (or some type of craft glue)
- Sponge paint brush
First, I roughed up the edges of the tray with sandpaper to make sure the primer stayed on. Then I sprayed the tray with the primer. I let it dry for a day. Then I sprayed one even coat of the Key Lime paint. I let that dry for a day.
The Key Lime color is JUST the color I wanted to brighten up the patio.
After it was finished drying, I put the paper in the tray part. I fit the paper in to see where I needed to cut. I cut - and then I placed the paper in... and it didn't fit :-/
Somehow I measured wrong, so now the design had to be slightly altered. I didn't follow the age old rule: measure twice, cut once. Oops !
Next, I put a circle of Mod Podge in the middle and spread it out with the sponge brush. I let it sit and dry and weighed it down with a book to make sure it stayed flat.
In order to cover up the parts that didn't match, I used some green ribbon to line the edges.
I measured (better this time) and cut the ribbon to fit the perimeter of the inside of the tray. I used clear Elmer's glue to glue the ribbon. It looked good !
After that was all fairly dry, I started the resin. Just follow the directions. You have to mix equal parts resin and hardener into a clean container.
After mixing for about 1-2 minutes, I immediately poured it onto the tray. I needed more resin, so I quickly made more (so about a whole blue cup of resin was used) and poured that as well. I used the stick to sort of swirl it/spread it evenly around the tray. Then I laid it on a flat surface to evenly dry.
|Let dry for about 3 days before placing anything on the resin.|
Now, one thing that I didn't think of was whether or not the resin would seep through the cracks of the tray. The next morning when I went to pick it up, it was stuck to the coffee table ! Thankfully I was able to pry it off with minor damage to the table. Phew !
Just remember to put something protective under whatever you are filling with resin, in the event it seeps through a tiny crack or hole.
After ALL that work, it turned out amazing ! I love the colors and the design of the tray.
I'm excited for the next time we entertain so I can use it !
What have you done with your dumpster diving gems?
Now you can Do It Yourself Too !