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45 comments

  1. October 21, 2013
    Kenz @ Interiors by Kenz

    Hot dang! Look at that tray with it’s milk-paint makeover. It looks so good. A true cinderella tale!

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    • October 21, 2013
      Tara

      Hot dang, indeed!

      You know I have to steal that phrase and use it incessantly now. 🙂

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  2. October 21, 2013
    Shauna @ Satori Design for Living

    We speak the same language (and our husbands do too)! I did a similar thing with a tray a couple years ago, only mine was much uglier. Some paint and wallpaper, and now it looks fantastic. P.S. Love your book!

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    • October 21, 2013
      Tara

      Oooh… thank you. Some awesome gal gave it to me!

      I want to see your wallpaper treatment! Is it on your blog?

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  3. October 21, 2013
    Bronwyn MayB

    Pretty! Good job.

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    • October 22, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Bronwyn! I think it’s a “pretty” piece, too!

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  4. October 21, 2013
    Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell

    oh…don’t you love milk paint? It’s so fun and different. Your tray looks fantastic now….of course! Looking forward to hearing the house updates.

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    • October 22, 2013
      Tara

      I had a lot of fun with milk paint (it was my first go ’round with the stuff, so I’m looking forward to trying out new colours). And the house updates??? Oh man… even I’m not really sure what’s happening right now. I’ll keep you posted!

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  5. October 21, 2013
    Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life…

    What a lovely piece! It was a diamond in the rough and now… The jewel in the crown!
    I have always loved to repurpose things and give them a new life! Infact we repurposed an antique hoop top door from the salvage yard and designed a new home around it!

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    • October 22, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you so much, Cynthia! And I totally believe that a door can inspire an entire home (I feel like I’ve read that post… you’ve written about it, right?)

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  6. October 21, 2013
    Sheila @sZinteriors

    Beautiful and so cheerful too! I shouldn’t be surprised anymore, but it still amazes me what a little paint will do! Great job!!!

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    • October 22, 2013
      Tara

      Paint is such an amazing thing… it can completely transform a piece, and with -really – not all that much effort. Thank you so much, Sheila!

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  7. October 21, 2013
    Jo-Anna

    So funny! Would have kept it too! I love the ‘new’ look…it’s such a great colour!

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    • October 22, 2013
      Tara

      Thanks, Jo-Anna! I’ve fallen in love with “Eualalie’s Sky”. I’m looking forward to trying some of the other MMS colours; I’ll have to start scouting out tired old wooden furniture! 🙂

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  8. October 21, 2013
    Kim @ thequirkyduck

    That tray is so LUSH! And I love that Kate Spade book colour on it. Fabulous darling, fabulous 😉

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    • October 27, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you, Kim. The book is a good one. I highly recommend it!

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  9. October 21, 2013
    Andrea

    Wow it turned out fantastic. I have a long line-up of stuff waiting to be milk painted. Think I need to add a tray too…

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  10. October 21, 2013
    Time WIth Thea

    love! Love! LOVE this DIY project. Great clear instructions too! ~Thea

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  11. October 21, 2013
    Time WIth Thea

    I also meant to say I’ve got to get me some of that milk paint! ~Thea

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  12. October 22, 2013
    Danni@SiloHillFarm

    Looks lovely and I can’t believer you almost tossed it! I have a whole shed full of “almost tossed” stuff just waiting for me to get busy! I hope you enter that over at Miss Mustard Seed’s blog. Any luck on the house sale yet?

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  13. October 22, 2013
    Inspire Me Heather

    Yay for the little tray that didn’t get chucked! It does look so pretty sitting there on your beautiful ottoman, love the colour!!

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  14. October 22, 2013
    Bethany

    So glad you didn’t throw it out! It turned out amazing! Great job 🙂

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    • October 22, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Bethany! It makes me wonder what I HAVE thrown out that could have been saved!

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  15. October 22, 2013
    Tia

    Milk paint is haunting me! “Doooo a prooooject” *ghost voice, obviously* This tray is rocking my socks. Good update & inspiration!!

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    • October 22, 2013
      Tara

      Yes, get some milk paint. Paint something. And then tell me all about it and show me pictures! I’m loving it!

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  16. October 22, 2013
    Alex

    Hoarder? I have no idea what you’re speaking of *cough* basement *cough*.

    I don’t know what it is but I think there is some unwritten blogging law that if you paint anything in aqua or turquoise it will almost always look better. And this is coming from a wood purist.

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    • October 22, 2013
      Tara

      You’re so right. Turquoise is always right. I don’t know why… but it always is.

      And I guess I prefer to call it “collecting”, rather than hoarding. Sound so much more… sane?

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  17. October 22, 2013
    Dannyelle @ www.lifeisaparty.ca

    That’s a great make-over. Love, love the new colour!

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    • October 22, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Dannyelle! I love the colour, too!

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  18. October 23, 2013
    Karen@NourishWithKaren

    Gorgeous! I want one….

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    • October 27, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, you can have one! Just find a junky tray and slap some paint on it! (Then sand it strategically, of course!)

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  19. October 23, 2013
    Marilyn

    Tara, this tray is gorgeous! What a beautiful job you’ve done! I also love the pop of color your Jacket-less Kate Spade book adds to your tray display!

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    • October 27, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you, Marilyn! It’s one of my favourite pieces in the living room now!

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  20. October 24, 2013
    Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.

    I love it, that tray looks adorable! I love all of the pops of colour, so fresh and bright. Your sander made me laugh out loud though… don’t get me wrong, it’s an awesome sander. The size of it compared to your little tray made me laugh, you need to get one of those little Black and Decker mouse sanders, so small, fast AND it won’t vibrate the daylights out of your hand! 😉

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    • October 27, 2013
      Tara

      I probably should get a little sander. Trouble is, I just make do with what I have. So… it’s my giant belt sander for all projects! 🙂 You should see me when I just grab the impact driver instead of the cordless screwdriver (because it’s closer). I have a bit of Tim the Tool Man Taylor syndrome! 😉

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  21. October 24, 2013
    Dani @ lifeovereasy

    I love it Tara! The colour is gorgeous, and the brown showing through really enhances it. Obviously you have a great touch with a sander!

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    • October 27, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you, Dani. I think that the sander mostly has a mind of his own. I owe a lot to his artistic flair! 😉

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  22. October 24, 2013
    Krista

    Lol my husband always calls me a hoarder. Come to think of it, maybe I am. Hmm. Love love your tray! Must try milk paint. I love the way it shines after waxing. So pretty.

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    • October 27, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, Krista – you’ll love milk paint! It’s so nice to work with!

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  23. October 25, 2013
    Tanya@TakeSix

    What a shame it would have been if you had thrown it out! Great job! Love the color!

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    • October 27, 2013
      Tara

      Isn’t it funny how a split decision can completely change a project!? I nearly chucked this previously ugly old thing, and now I’m buying other hideous trays at garage sales and thrift stores in hopes of changing them into masterpieces!

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  24. October 26, 2013
    Anne@DesignDreams

    That is so pretty! I love that colour too. Although your post has convinced me that I am NOT painting my kitchen cabinets with milk paint. Too many coats would be needed, so I’m going to opt for home made chalk paint.

    Just kill me now… 😉

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    • October 27, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, Anne – I don’t know that I would do cabinets in milk paint either. I’m sure you could… but milk paint likes to distress itself and with the high traffic of kitchen cupboards and non-stop wiping? I don’t know if it would be the best decision.

      I’m going to be working with something called Plaster Paint this week (it’s an inexpensive chalk paint) – you should check it out!

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  25. October 27, 2013
    Jen @ Go Green

    Great transformation! I love the look of it 🙂

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    • October 27, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Jen! I’m quite taken with the colour!

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