Monday, November 5, 2012

Showing some Age



A few weeks ago while at the flea market I scored a whole bunch of silver pieces and an old tray.  I've been using the silver pieces to decorate around the house while the tray waited in the garage.  Well,  it was time to give it some TLC!


The first thing I had to do was to remove that ugly paper, then a good clean up to eliminate all the gunk that had been accumulated for the past 25 years, as the previous owner told me, it was used as a wall decor all that time!

Sanded and patched up...



Ready for a good coat of paint...



And a pretty piece of fabric, to replace the floral.



After picking my daughter up from school the other day, I'm driving back home when off the road some green "balls" under a tree catch my attention!  As soon as I found a safe place to park the car, I went back with my daughter to check what it was?!  Hedge Apples!  I knew nothing about them until I read a post from Linda at Coastal Charm, about decorating with them.  One of the many things I've learned while blogging. :)



I love how rough they feel and that bright green color!



As soon as I finished working on the tray I knew these apples were going to be a good contrasting color to decorate the purple tray.



I'm so happy about the apples, but lets come back to the tray!  At the beginning I wanted to give it a very glossy finish, it was primed, given two coats of paint, and when the first spray of glossy poly was given to it..... it got foamy! bubbles appeared in my places! :(



Some more sanding was needed. :(  ...Buuuut,  I liked how it looked  with all the distressing!



It was like if the tray wanted to show its age, dents and scratches, in a "new" more stylish way, I guess!



And that's the way I left it!





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22 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Cristina- I absolutely love it. I have a guest room done with doses of this color and I adore it. Love the hedge apples-we don't have them here- xo Diana

Our Pinteresting Family said...

That color is perfect and so is the fabric. So gorgeous, Cristina! Megan

Sandra@Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls said...

It came out so pretty. I love Hedge Apples, too. The first time I saw them, hanging in trees, I was enthralled. Of course, I wanted to know if I could make a pie, lol. (the answer is no, for those who do not live where they grow). They are beautiful for decorating, though!

Maria Elena said...

Christina, just gorgeous!!! Perfect color! Love, love the hedge apples!

Denise said...

Gorgeous.Love it! My color :) My first visit with you.Now I'm a follower.Please come on over and say hello,stay as long as you like. Denise of Coffeeberry Cottage

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I've never seen hedge apples before. They are so cool! They look great with all the colors on the tray. Awesome job!!!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

nice color combination! love the fabric you used for the tray!

fiona anderson said...

Great makeover, love that fabric. I'm really intrigued by the hedge apples, I've never seen them before either !

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Omy, we certainly don't have those hedge apples??..in Lain America! At first I thought they were coliflowers, til I put my glasses on, lol!! Great job sweetie, you amaze me everytime with your talent for transformation...wish we lived close by! Have a blessed week.
FABBY

Anonymous said...

That tray is so pretty you did. I like it.

Pamela
Ohio

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love what you did with the try and your teacups are adorable!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the tray, and what fabulous teacups. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Brandi said...

You share the best projects! I love the tray in purple. I recently discovered hedge apples too. I actually ordered mine from Ebay.

AshTreeCottage said...

Great job Christina! Love the complimentary colors too.

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Nancy said...

I grew up in Delaware where we called them "monkey balls," of all things!

Judy said...

What a beautiful transformation. I love the new color and the fabric you chose. I would love for you to link this up to my Fall into Fall party going on right now. Hope to see you there.

Kathryn said...

I love the tray. Very pretty colour choice!

Debi Bolocofsky said...

I love your tray. It is so pretty. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party and would love to have you share this with everyone. Here is the link to the party.
http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/11/wednesday-adorned-from-above-link-party.html
Debi @ Adorned From Above

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who has her daughter jump out of the car to pick up hedge apples from the side of the street! They are wonderful and so is the tray!

Sherry said...

Thank you for joining HSH!
Sherry

Catherine Dean said...

I feel your pain about the paint bubbling...very frustrating. Why does gloss paint have a greater tendency to bubble than flat?

Love the color combination and the fabric is awesome!!!

Krista thehappyhousie said...

I love it Cristina- everything you do is always so pretty and fresh! That fabric is stunning!! It turned out well despite all:) Thanks so much for sharing this at the Get Your DIY On Challenge: Spray Paint. Hope to see you back today at 7pm EST - bring along a chalkboard project or two!
~Krista

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