Enamel House Number Tray

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This project is a hit or miss... and I will let you decide.

Normally I wouldn't ask this question... 
but I am and I asked for it.

I started out with a great idea for a project about a
year ago... I used an oval table top from a
small antique table and painted it black, then white over the black.

I had even drawn the pencil lines to create what I 
had hoped was going to be an enamel house number tray.

And then I put it away... for a long time.

Today was the day I was going to complete this project
and I it didn't come out exactly as I had hoped...

I finished the black trim, painted the number then gave the
tray a heavy sanding with my sander.

You can see in the last picture that I sanded the piece
so the undercoat of black would come through.

All was going fine, I loved the way it looked, 
it was looking just like an enamel house number... until...

I used a product I use a lot on projects called
Triple Thick by DecorArt.

Triple Thick is a very heavy gloss you paint on a project
to give it an "enamel like" finish.

I used it on this Wedding Invitation Tray.

And still all was going well... 

I gave it a few coats and let it dry over night.

Now here is where I had a slight problem...

The color I woke up to was not at all the color this tray
was when I went to bed. It seems the Triple Thick 
drew the tannins in the antique wood through the
paint I used. 

Many times when you use a chalk based paint the sealer
(and many sealers not just this one) will draw the tannins 
from the wood through the paint... 
that is unless the paint has an acrylic base.

The solution to this would have been to spray the piece
with shellac before I began the painting process or to use
a paint with an acrylic base.

I do have to say that personally I like this tray anyway.

I'm the old, rustic, vintage type and I don't mind a few
stains and imperfections.  I'm actually getting a few myself.

I added some very cool handles to this tray
and decided it was good the way it was... 
maybe even better if it's being used in my home.

So whether you like the vision I had of a pure 
white enamel house number tray... 

or you are good with the old and rustic look, 
this is how you do it... or don't.

What do you think? 
Which one would you prefer?

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  1. I think it looks great. I love what you have done with that. Adorable.

    1. Thanks so much Pam... I do like the rustic way it came out :)

  2. Looks fine to me. Both ways are pretty. I live that you embrace your work and didn't let your desire persuade you not to use your work!

    Have a blessed week...

    1. Keep calm and keep going... if it doesn't come out the way you wanted it to either live with it or start again... it's all in the process :)

  3. I love em both, but the final result, def more! I'm of the same rustic, vintage loved and used look! And, eexactly like you said... I'm not perfect, and I embrace that in my myself, so why not in other things as well?! It's what makes everything... Unique! Love love your blog! Awesome work, and a truly inspiring!

    1. Thank you so much Marsha! I'm so glad you are following. Someone loved this one because it sold quickly in my shop :) Thanks so much!


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