I was out and about the other day and found these dated, yet useful looking trays. I thought with a little bit of work, I could sell them in my booth.
They've got nice handles, quite sizable, but came with a...I'm guessing 90's...quilted fabric lining.
Once I decided to update the fabric, I realized that the wooden bottom would take chalkboard paint very well. With a small brush I carefully went around the edge...
...then rolled in the rest of the bottom
For the "new" fabric, I used a couple of napkins that I've had for a while from Target.
I used the lining as a pattern and cut the napkin. I sewed the new fabric to the old lining (I don't trust my sewing skills to make a completely new lining), threw them in the wash hoping to make it look like a rag quilt (after snipping all the way around).
It didn't quite fray like I wanted, but I think a couple more washing will do the trick.
While I had the chalkboard paint out, I painted an old vase and let Logan draw whatever he wanted on it. Are you like me, once the chalkboard paint is out, you're on the hunt to see what all can be painted like a mad dog?
He drew every family member, which I thought was really cute.
So with or without the lining, I think they are definitely updated. I could see them hung on the wall with the dinner menu too! A twofer!
I'm suppose to be going back to Houston for 3 days next week to start the trial. I am excited, but really upset that it happens to fall on the same day school starts. So I won't see my baby's first day of second grade or watch Keegan drive off to start his Junior year. No pictures or hugs which I insist on every year. Even last year, even though I had chemo, at least we got pictures. Is that dumb that I'm bummed about this? Probably. I'm to start a drug that could potentially save my life, but I will miss the kids first day of school....I know, I'm a nut case.
I'll let you know how it goes when I get back. Talk to you later.