Monday, September 17, 2012

Copper & Bronze Chalkboard Trays

There is a lovely lady named Rosie who bought a quilt from me a few years ago and loved all my craft stuff that i make so she asked if she could sell some of my items in a booth she had in a very nice upscale shop in town here.  

I of course was completely flattered!  
like whoa!  

Anywho, she would always keep an eye out for cool things for me at shows and stuff and found me these awesome trays to make magnet boards out of...

Well it turns out these were NOT magnetic so we had to think of a new plan

First, they needed to be cleaned...

So i got busy doing that with just some soap and water first.

scrubba dubb dubb....

So that at least got the excess dirt and dust off, but there was no difference in the tarnish of course, so i turned to everyone's favorite secret weapon....

so I got out some salt and vinegar an old nasty rag and an even older nastier tooth brush

So you just:
1. pour some vinegar on the surface and then sprinkle the salt on top of that, 
2. allow to sit for a minute 
3. then begin wiping and scrubbing it 
4. When you have acquired the desired look simply rinse and dry!

Look here at the side view where the tarnish is just melting away

 isn't that amazing?

I did a little half and half shot so you could really see the difference of before and after.
I simply couldn't get over how gorgeous it looked after!

So here they are, can you believe how different they look from when I first got them??
Like shiny new pennies!

So i got out the trusty ol' chalkboard spray paint and taped off the edges and got busy

Just ignore that board on the left for now, I'll come back to it on a another post. :)

 After they were good and dry I removed the painters tape and had  a look at my work.  
The color contrast between the copper and the black is gorgeous

They say on the can you are supposed to lay a piece of chalk on its side and rub it all over the paint to help it set, so that's what is going on here:

Please disregard the extraordinary unorganized mess of the following pictures, 
It was my first craft show and i had no idea what i was doing!

Every year in October there is a craft show in downtown Bartow called "Spier's Turnout"
I purchased a booth for a whopping $20 and threw together just about everything  i had made in the last couple years and made a day of it.  
(click to see the city-data)
So there wasn't a whole lot of Traffic but i sold a few thing including one of my rag quilts!

I displayed the bigger tray as a breakfast in bed kinda thing
(hence the "good morning beautiful")

and I displayed these as more of a kitchen message board, hung by ribbon, to write down reminders and  little notes 

I still have these and if you are interested comment below 
and I may just throw one into my etsy shop for ya!  

I also have other boards that are magnetic and you can buy my awesome themed assortments of magnets made by me in my shop right here

Take a look at my other Chalk Board project here


CSI girl said...

lOve how these turned out!!! Great makeover! This week is chalkboard week over at The cSI Project so be sure to come by all week for tutorials and link up to the competition starting Wednesday night.

suzyq said...

I just love these - and am rethinking these types of pieces from now on,
Beautiful idea!
Your newest follower - would love to have you come by and follow back when you have the time!

Bethany Kline said...

Thanks! glad you like them! :) can't wait to link up tonight!

Bethany Kline said...

That's awesome! I am always looking to inspire others!! You made my day! <3 Thanks for the follow and I'm headed over to check you out as we speak! Have a lovely day!

Kammy's Korner said...

So I got several things to say. First off, I clicked over because I JUST painted a chalkboard tray YESTERDAY so of course I had to check yours out!!! Second, your header? Hilarious.... and then I saw your profile pic to go with it and I knew if I ran into you at a social event we'd be pals! Haha. Okay seriously now, great job on the trays! They probably look a little more polished than my chalkboards since I'm too cheap to buy the real chalkboard paint and make my own. :)

Oh, and Suzyq - the commenter above me? Her blog is hilarious! In my opinion... and she does awesome stuff!

Cranberry Morning said...

I love how those copper edges glow after the treatment! Beautiful! And congratulations on your first craft show. :-)

Bethany Kline said...

right?? :) Thanks, my 2nd went much better and of course I have no pics, ugh!

Bethany Kline said...

hahahah that's awesome! Thank you! I have yet to make my own chalkboard paint, but i really want to ever since i found out you can not only make your own but can make it in any color! like WHAT?!?! so cool! also, did you know they have chalkboard markers now? no more chalk dust! can you imagine!! I just went and checked her out a little and am about to some more, so far I love her blog! I love yours too!! You have a new follow! ;)

Ivy and Elephants said...

Ok totally rock. This is just the bees knees for sure.


The Thrifty Challenge said...

Very nice. It's amazing how a bit of tlc totally transformed your trays and of course chalkboard paint is always fabulous.

Bethany Kline said...

thank you! <3

Bethany Kline said...

isn't it though!? :)


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