Last weekend I stood in my garage feeling overwhelmed as I looked around at all of projects that I started and have yet to finish. There’s also a growing pile of home décor stacked in bins that I need to decide whether to keep, paint or donate. My intention when I walked into the garage was to tackle at least one furniture painting project. The weather here had finally started to cool down which made it a perfect day to get back to work. The problem was I just didn’t know where to begin, all the clutter and tasks were stressing me out and I couldn’t focus.
So, instead I distracted myself with some unplanned project therapy and on a whim grabbed a tray from one of the bins. It’s a weathered tray that I have had for years and I really loved how it looked in our family room which you can see here. That is until I found a new larger one that took its place. I tried to find a spot for the old tray in another room, but it just didn’t work anywhere in the house, so it ended up in the garage.
As much as I loved the weathered look of the tray I decided to try warming it up. My hope was that if I gave the wood a darker tone it might look better in either the dining room or on the porch. I didn’t purchase any special supplies, I just used what I had and gave it a try.
For the next few hours I had so much fun sitting on the floor of my garage, listening to the radio and staining, painting and sanding away, trying out different techniques.
The first thing I did was apply a thin coat of the stain. I wiped it on one small section at a time and then went over it with a craft brush that I dipped in water to dilute the stain so it was not so dark. I followed this step by wiping the wood with a dry paper towel to soak up the excess. I’m sure almost any wood stain would work just as well, I just happen to like these because they don’t have a strong smell and I already had them.
At this point I was really liking the new subtle, warmer look of the wood, but it was missing something. So, I decided to try adding a pop of color.
After applying the paint it still wasn’t quite right. So, next I grabbed some steel wool and lightly sanded it to let the wood show through and give it a more distressed feel.
As much as I was loving how the tray was coming along, I thought the yellow was too bright. Not quite sure what to do next, I reached for some craft stain and antiquing glaze and gave those a whirl to try toning down the yellow. I have no idea what I did, applying a little stain here, some glaze there until I came up with a recipe that worked.
After a few hours of project therapy I decided to call it a day on the tray and now love how my on a whim project turned out! I also really enjoyed the process. Oh and the tray now happily has a new home on the screened porch.
So, even though I didn’t make any real progress in the garage that day I sure had a lot of fun! Now, I guess it’s time to get focused and back to work on all of those unfinished projects.
Do you get distracted on projects too?
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