Wednesday, January 15, 2014

DIY: Wooden Tray Upcycle - Chevron Pattern

Confession: This project that I'm going to share with you is long overdue.

Before I go any further, I would just like to greet everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wohoo! From the bottom of my heart, I really wish you all a great one and that all your goals, dreams and wishes start coming true this year! I'm so excited for 2014 - I just couldn't wait for the old year to be over - and I firmly believe that this year is going to rock - in a good way of course.

Anyhoo, back to this project. I started this on November of last year (2013), and it took me a while to complete the whole thing because I had to wait for the paint to dry for at least a day... But the problem with waiting is it tends to turn into postponing what you're supposed to do for the next day. And then postponing turns into pure procrastination until I really didn't provide time for it anymore. My bad. So here it is - My very own upcycling experience with a gorgeous wooden tray.

What I used:
Wooden tray - which I got from a garage sale that costs nearly half of what you'd pay for a lollipop. I was thinking - get it, get it right away and never let it go!
Sand Paper
Rug for wiping
Enamel Paint (for wood): White and Black
Paint brush
Scotch Tape
Towel or your shirt
Garbage bag for protecting your furniture from the paint

First thing I did was sand the tray. It didn't have any varnish or whatever coating but I wanted to make sure that the paint I'll apply won't bubble or peel off so I sanded it like a boss.

After that I just wiped all its surfaces with a damp cloth to make sure that I rid of all sandy particles that are just awful to point over.

Once I think all the surfaces are clean enough, I start with painting - my favourite part. 

Ok, here's the deal, this is my first time painting anything so I concentrated on making the whole experience fun. A.k.a I didn't really put that much effort into it like making sure I was using the right paintbrush or if I'm doing the right stroke or applying the right pressure. What I made sure I was doing right though was the paint I'm using. Enamel - which is what is used for painting on wooden surfaces - dries out glossy. I also learned that it takes 2 whole days for the paint to completely dry. I'm saying this now because it's important to ensure that everything's completely dried out especially if you'll be painting another colour over it.

So once you open the paint can, it kinda has a coating that sits on top of the actual colour of the paint, so I used a popsicle stick to mix it up until I see a solid colour.

So instead of primer - I didn't apply some because well, I forgot to buy it - I just painted the whole thing thinly first with the same enamel paint. and this is what it looked like after I was done.

I waited for this to slightly dry for about 30 minutes, before I painted another thin layer on top of it.

After the second layer, I waited another 30 minutes before I applied my third coating. I wanted a full colour so I didn't stop at the second one.

A beauty, isn't it?

Ok, so from here I just waited 2 days for the paint to completely dry. And by dry, I mean not a-little-bit-sticky-still dry, but smooth-and-not-at-all-sticky dry. By 2 days, I really mean I procrastinated for a whole week. But I checked the paint and it did completely dry up in 2 days.

Now, on to applying my second colour for the chevron pattern I have been itching to do.

But first, I had to create an outline that I can follow for the pattern. You see, you can't really do a chevron pattern without creating an outline for yourself. I pondered on doing it manually by hand but I re-thought the idea because I didn't want to ruin the initial paint job I did. So I used a scotch tape, a pencil, a ruler, and a towel to make this work. It's easy and hard at the same time. Here's how I did it:

First, I measured the width and length of the tray and made boxes according to the size I came up with. 

I think I was able to make a 7x5 grid. It's important to make sure that all the sizes of the boxes are even, otherwise the chevron pattern won't be as nice.

Next, as you can see in the photo below, I just made V patterns using the corners of the grid. I still used a ruler to make sure that the lines I make are straight and nice.

Once all the lines are set, I wrote "F" on the areas that I will be painting on; "F" meaning fill. 

Now here's the hard part, applying tape exactly on the line I created. 

Here's a tip that my gorgeous-of-a-man husband told me: in order to protect the paint from cracking or peeling wherever you'll be sticking the tape on, stick the paint on cloth first before you apply on your surface. This way, the tape won't be as sticky and it'll be easy to take off. Just like so:

See the fiber stuck on the adhesive? That's what will prevent the tape from being too sticky.

This is what it looks like after I applied all the scotch tape:

Next, I mix white and black together to make grey. Parts are: 70% white, 30% black.

And then paint!

Take off the tape while the paint is still wet. Carefully peel each layer out and be patient. 

I got something a little like this:

So it's not perfect, but I think I did a great job considering that it's my first time doing something like this. I'm extremely happy with how this turned out. 

I plan to go over the white area with white paint again just to make it cleaner and nicer but all in all, I think it looks gorgeous. I think I'll hang this on the wall.

So I hope you like it and as always, I hope you share with me what you think. Again, happy new year! Until my next post!

1 comment :

  1. NICE job! I like how you mapped out your chevron pattern...clever ! I love trays and esp. giving a new life to an old one. They are useable art!