So who else is a fan of Target’s Dollar Spot? It’s seriously my happy place. I don’t actually buy things from there all that often because mostly it’s stuff I really just don’t need. But for whatever reason I LOVE looking through it. And every once in a while I find some great things. They’ve had some really great stationary/office supply stuff lately, for example. So the last time I was there, I found a simple square wood tray with slatted sides. I have an unnatural obsession with unpainted wood. There’s so much potential! You could do anything to it! So this little tray came home with me. I think it was actually intended to be an Easter item.
I thought this was a perfect canvas for an easy update. Because really those tutorials are the best aren’t they? A couple super easy steps and something is totally transformed. So that’s what I’m doing today. I know sometime people are intimidated by my more complicated (aka crazy) projects. But really the point of me showing you what I do here at Little Red Window is that anyone can do it. So this is a great one if you think you’re not a great crafter (you probably are good, you just don’t know it!).
1. First I painted the inside and between the slats with two coats of a dark charcoal gray acrylic craft paint. I also gave the outside a quick coat of a light color just to cover up the charcoal smudges that I got all over. I also chose to add a coat of polyeurethane to the inside of mine also because I thought we might toss our keys in here and I didn’t want it getting all scratched. But that’s optional.
2. When the paint was dry I used washi tape to pretty up the outside. The slats just happened to be the same width as standard washi tape! I love it when things work out like that! It’s like crafting destiny! Now if you’ve never used washi tape before (I got mine at Target) you should know, it’s not permanent at all. It peels off most things really easily. So in an attempt to get this to stay a little better, I first brushed on a thin coat of tacky craft glue to the slats.
3. Then, while the glue was wet I carefully applied the washi tape to the outside of the slats all the way around the tray. It will still peel off if I want it to but the glue did definitely help it be stickier.
And that’s it! You’re done! Wasn’t that an awesome quick makeover? And it will totally change the look depending on what pattern or color of washi tape you use! Get tired of it? No big deal, just peel the tape off and put new tape on!
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