and of course I had to make one.
Wanna come over and have a drink?
The tomatoes are from the garden and the cheese is French of course!
(so is the wine, but it is not a requirement!)
The final product looks different from the original, it would not have fit our decor,
but the wood base and corner/handle details are the same.
I chose to finish mine with a darker stain
and I used this typography from the Graphics Fairy DIY.
I used a different technique than most people use.
I printed the reverse image with a laser printer on shelf paper (contact paper)
and ironed it onto the wood.
It is a little tricky but the plastic ink from the laser printer transfered beautifully.
I received a lot of questions about the transfer so here are a few more details
(I will do a proper tutorial if somebody needs more details)
Here is the tutorial
I used a roll of contact paper, simple off-white from Home Depot (cheap, and plain).
I cut a piece the size of a sheet of paper 8.5 X 11, making sure there are no wrinkles.
I taped on all sides to a piece of card-stock, regular paper is not sturdy enough.
I printed from a laser printer the reverse image.
I removed the tape and card-stock, but left the backing that came with the vinyl contact paper.
I positioned the image where I wanted it and taped it onto the wood to avoid any shifting.
With a hot iron, I pressed it on the wood.
Because the base of the tray was uneven, it was hard to iron flat.
So I used a mini-iron : the clover II mini iron, with it I was able to press hard and precisely
over the detailed image.
I lifted the paper as I was ironed it to check the transfer, just like I do for a rub-on image.
In a couple places, the contact paper got too hot where I had no ink and slightly melted,
but I was able to remove it by scratching gently the surface.
If for some reasons, the transfer is not perfect, the wood can be sanded and reused.
Doesn't it look like it comes from some old wine box?And it is possible to stain afterward, here I used a mix of 2 stains
as I did not have the color I wanted.
Then I spay-painted the same metallic corner pieces that Whitney used,
also the handles. I screwed all of the pieces in place
and touch up the screws with the same spray paint.
I sprayed some paint in the cap ans used a Q-tip to apply
on top of the screws.
We have been using this tray for the last few weeks,
as a tray and as a decorative accent,
it fits both needs perfectly,
and all for less than $10!
(half of it is for the corner pieces and handles!)