|I used my DIY autumn-themed tray to anchor a group of props |
suggesting a small beverage center. To be safe,
I stage with empty liquor bottles or bottles filled with water.
|What I started with: the tray and the fabric. |
I 'm sure that as a young thing, my toleware tray was quite a sight -- strong
and stylish with a black base coat decorated with hand-painted flowers.
|These are the images I liked best in the fabric I was re-purposing.|
I thought they looked like traditional fruits of autumn.
|This is how the tray looked after I gave it a good sanding to remove |
corrosion and old paint. Many of you would like it to stay this way.
But I think it's a bit too shabby for home staging.
|After a coat or two of spray paint, things started to look better. The hole |
didn't bother me. I knew it could be covered with a fabric scrap.
As in decoupage work, sharp scissors will give you good results. I fiddled with
the arrangement until I liked it, overlapping some of the fabric pieces.
|The cut metal edge gives this tray a little extra flair. It's the perfect size for staging|
a dry bar or small beverage station in a living or dining room, or on a porch.