Are you ready for an awesome story about how this beautiful yard stick serving tray came to be?
A few weeks ago, a friend told me about this abandoned old farmhouse and the person who owned it told her to go out and take whatever she wanted. The three of us got in her old pick up and drove out to the middle of nowhere to this run down old house. It was a little creepy at first, until we went inside and started digging through the dirt to find the gold. And did we ever find gold!
Here are my finds from that day – an old two drawer chest, a rocking chair, old milk crates, tons of milk bottles, lots of old meter / yard sticks, old newspapers and books, two big old windows, an antique typewriter, an old chair, and a few other things – and we got to take it all for free! How crazy is that?!
Today I made my first project with my found materials. I had this tray around that I had decorated for my daughters birthday party last year, but there is only so much you can do with a bright and colorful tray – I mean, it doesn’t really match my decor!
I tore the paper off, and used some chalk paint (Annie Sloan Antibes Green that I received in my SNAP swag bag) to paint the wood. If you haven’t used chalk paint yet, you must. No sanding, no priming, and so easy! I am in love! I did three thin coats and the coverage was amazing. I probably could have got away with two coats but I missed a couple of spots so I wanted to make sure I had it all covered.
While it was drying, I cut my yardsticks into lengths that equaled the width of my tray. I cut them so they would fit snugly in the tray and not need to be glued in, and that was it. I snipped a sprig of hydrangeas and placed it in one of the old milk bottles that I found and put it on the tray and set it on my living room coffee table, where it is fitting in very nicely!