Create your own ANTIQUE TEA TRAY

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Create Your Own Antique Tea Tray with one or two trips to a Thrift Shop, a bit of Imagination and some Spray Painting.

Looking through Pinterest you come across some amazing Home Made Coffee Bars and for some time I had a Mini Coffee Bar with a Pod Machine set up on the the corner of my Kitchen Bench.

It looked really good however it was pointless as we are a family of Tea Drinkers. We never used the Pod Machine  but when it came to Tea, there is always a pot  Brewing in the house. Whether it be your good old English Breakfast, a sweet blend of Lamington, Strawberry & Creams or a calming leaf of chamomile There is always a Teapot full.

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COFFEE BAR  A TEA DRINKER’S TREASURE- There is nothing better for a Tea Drinker than drinking Freshly Brewed Tea from a Delicate China Cup

So I removed the Pod Machine, looked through my hoard of Thrift Shop Purchased fine China. Visited the Thrift Shop to purchase a couple of the 80’s Fashionable Timber Cup Trees and a large serving Tray.

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Garage Sale Purchased Antique China Cups Resting on a Shabby Chic Version of the Popular 1980’s Timber Tree Cup Holder

Using an All purpose Spray Paint which has the Primer included and adheres to any surface. I Firstly Painted The Taller Cup Tree and Timber Tray in white. I the Distressed Both to give them a Shabby Chic Look. I then used Bees Wax to Seal Them.

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Give an old Thrift Store Bought Tray a Spray of Paint add a Doilie and Fine China and your ready to serve HIGH TEA

I was lucky to have found 2 Tree Cup Holders on my Thrift Shop visit. So I then Sprayed the other one a Minty Green colour also distressing for a Shabby Chic Look. On this Holder I placed my Johnson Brothers Coffee Cups from my Dinner set. The colours matched in perfect with my handmade Coffee sign I had previously made from an old frame and my Tin set which I had purchased on sale from a Department Store for $5 a piece.

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An Old wooden Frame- Spray Paint- Sand Paper- Computer-Printer-Paper & 30 minutes of your Time, To make yourself your very own sign


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One of the only items I have purchased new, However I did not pay retail a bargain @ $5 each

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With some imagination and a trip to a thrift shop or some garage sales, you can change your Kitchen decor’ in a day for under $30 with High End Products 

The Biscuit Jar was also a Fantastic Thrift Shop Purchase for $5 and the cute little China cups were 50cents each. I have an entire wardrobe full of pre-loved linen and doilies and as Shabby Chic is my number One Decor’ Style I use them all the Time.

I keep all my Tea strainers in a Parfait Ceramic Jar which I paid $1 for. The Tea strainers I purchase from eBay all little cute ones (very cheap) The  Measurement Conversion sign I have had for years and as you can see I used it regularly.

The Antique Cups were a bargain for a $1.50 each from a Garage Sale and the Tea Pot was from the same Garage Sale for $4.oo.

If you enjoy creating new out of old such as I do and would like to share your projects I have a Pinterest Board that promotes such things. I also have a Pinterest Board for Diy Bloggers. Beginners are welcome to both. You are also able to sell your creations on both.

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DIY PAINTED PHOTO FRAMES – A Quick, Fail Proof, Cheap Gift to Make For Mothers Day

This post shows you how quick, easy and inexpensive it is to paint second hand photo frames and how fantastic they are to gift as presents or to resell at a Market stall. With Mothers day just around the corner this would be a great DIY project to do with your children or to sell at a Mother’s Day Craft SalePhoto 25-04-2017, 2 08 27 PM

The Photo Frames displayed in this post have been painted with white chalk paint, a variety of colored spray paints and some have been decorated using a decoupage Technique. How you choose to complete your Frames is a personal choice. This post is a guide line only.Photo 25-04-2017, 2 21 03 PM

The first fun part of redecorating your photo frames is in the purchasing. All my Frames have been purchased from Op-Shops/Thrifts Shops the prices ranged from 50c to $2 Australian. Op Shops always have a massive collection of Photo Frames for sale and if you are new to op shopping you will be astounded by how cheap the prices are so much that you will never want to purchase retail again.Photo 25-04-2017, 2 09 34 PM

Chalk Paint in Australia is rather expensive however one 500ml tin will last you a long time if only used for small projects. My Spray paints, I only use brands that have a primer incorporated in them and that can be adhered to any surface. Generally I only use Rust-o-leum and Krylon. However White King now have a suitable product available in many colours and it is half the price at $7.95 found at Bunnings. It worked perfect on my FramesPhoto 25-04-2017, 2 14 39 PM

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STEP ONE: Clean all your frames and remove the glass ensuring you remember which glass fits which frame.

STEP TWO: Paint all your Frames and leave to dry. Whilst they are drying The next fun thing is to choose coloured papers and cut to correct size to fit your frames.

STEP THREE: Once Frames are completely dry use your sandpaper of different grades, This being my Favourite part of the project, use the cut of the frame, edges and lines to distress your frame the way you like. I enjoy working with the wood and it’s lines and patterns distressing deeper insome sections than other. If the Frame had an overlaying pattern I rub the sand paper over the top so that the pattern shows through mixed with my paint colour it is very effective.

STEP FOUR: Clean your frames thoroughly ensuring all dust is removed and then rub or spray with you preferred sealer for the frames that are complete, decoupage first the ones that you intend. Then ensemble your frames together with coloured papers and photos and they are complete ready for gifting, selling or displaying.

It’s now time to share your project or comments as I would love to see your choice of DIY FRAMES. If you would like to share your DIY Projects you may like to become a collaborator on my group board PINTEREST INSPIRED DIY PROJECTS. please contact me at

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Make Perfect Imperfections- Distressing Paint Coloured Timber

How to make Perfect Imperfections when distressing coloured painted Timber

This Technique is a MISTAKE FREE, FAIL PROOF way of distressing your coloured timber. It gives your project those perfect imperfections that are sometimes so hard to get right. and get it right you will every single time using this simply  quick and inexspensive technique.

I came about this technique by accident, sheer luck to be honest and I was so excited when I did. No more attempts at dry brushing that’s for sure. There is no hits or miss, no having to go over an area which hasn’t visually worked.

The area in which I am discussing for this distressing technique is shown on the legs of the 3 tables seen in the photos. The tops of the tables were completed using a different Technique which I will explain at the end of this page.

All you need to distress your project in this fail proof, simple shabby chic visual effect technique – are white chalk paint, a can of good quality coloured spray paint of your choice. (I only use Krylon or Rustoleum brands) and different grades of sandpaper.

Steps on how to achieve this Technique- Paint your entire project in white chalk paint or  just the area you will be distressing . Allow paint to dry and paint a second coat. You want to ensure your entire piece has been fully coated in white chalk paint. The more white distressing effect you want to show through on your finished Timber project, the more coverage you are better to give your timber project when painting on the white chalk paint.

Once the chalk paint is completely dry lightly sand to ensure that all lines and corners of your piece are still defined and any drips and bumps are smoothed and removed. Do not sand back to bare timber at this point your Timber still needs to be fully covered in white chalk paint.

In your chosen Spray paint colour follow the instructions and spray you entire project. I allow for 2 coats. 1st coat then dry time then 2nd coat and allow plenty of drying time.

The craft work appears all in the sanding of your project, explore different gradients of sandpaper use your hands to sand and take your time. ( I really enjoyed the sanding and found it very theraputic) not to mention how, what a buzz I got at the distressing effect I was achieving. The heavier and more you sand the more white chalkpaint shows through and the shinier and smoother those areas become.

Once you are happy with your completed result clean with a damp cloth and cover with a coat of bees wax or polyurithine spray. You now have a winning project.

To achieve a Finish as I have on the tops of the tables.

Paint in white chalk paint, whilst chalk paint is a little damp use doiley’s as templates and spray paint in a variety of coordinating colours over the top. Allow the spray paint to semi dry and using a roller adding another light layer of white chalk paint, then another layer of spray paint doiley’s .

Once paint is nearly dry using a sanding block and a fine grade sandpaper start at one end of your table and drag the sandpaper across the top of the table in long straight lines. This will start to blend the paint colours in together forming a tye dye effect. The more you drag the more muted and blended the colours become. continue dragging until you have achieved the effect you are happy with. Once the top is completely dry coat in beeswax or polyurythine spray.

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Happy DIY From Judith Sudulic