Thursday, May 17, 2012

Serving It Up French Style


First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you for your heartfelt comments
on my last post.
It was truly an emotional Mother's Day for all of us ~
and your comments made it that much more special.
Thank you for sending so much love.


~  ♥  ~


One of the treasures I took home from the ReStore this winter
was this lonely, non-descript drawer ~
complete with some type of peeling faux wood grain contact paper
that would not give up it's grip.

Sometimes, you've just got to work around what you have.
So, I did.




I also picked up a baggie full of these handles
for $1 each at ReStore, too.




I painted the entire drawer with a watered down layer of ASCP in French Linen,
and had the husband help me attach a handle to each side.
I wanted this tray to have an old French country feel to it,
so I stenciled on a flourish design in Paris Grey,
and then stenciled 'Champs Elysees' on the side.


Enamel sucre container:  Shabby French for Me

A light dry brushing of Old White was applied over the entire tray
including the handles,
followed by a coat of clear wax.




I was so delighted with this one,
that I immediately dove into making a second one

(allowing the dust bunnies in the house to party on for another day).


With this one,
I applied a graphic from The Graphic Fairy with Mod Podge,
and allowed it to wrinkle a bit to give it an even more vintage look.




and once again,
dry brushed it lightly with Old White
followed by a coat of clear wax. 







Serving trays ~ French ReStore style!

Both trays are currently for sale in my booth at Doster Emporium.


~ Blessings ~





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60 comments:

  1. Very pretty, Laurie. Isn't it hard not to keep what you make?

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  2. oui oui! tres chic, laurie.

    *read it again with a french accent*

    smiles to you, lovely.

    michele

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  3. Love it! It is perfect with all of the layers you added. So French chic!

    ~Shanon

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  4. Now that is just too danged clever - what a GREAT job you ahve done!

    That looks AWESOME!!

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  5. Great job, as always ! I like both serving trays; they are pretty, indeed! Sending love your way !

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  6. Those trays turned out beautiful, Laurie! Are you sure you don't want to keep one for yourself :)

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  7. It makes a great tray, Laurie. Beautiful finish, my dear.

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  8. Looks fantastic! Love it!
    Blessings, Lorraine

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  9. Shabby French gorgeousness at its best. . . beautiful job Laurie.
    Thanks for linking this post to 'Shabbilicious Friday'
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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  10. i love the transformation of the drawer laurie! very inspiring :)
    x

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  11. Un rendu absolument extraordinaire...
    Merci pour ce très joli partage.
    Gros bisous

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  12. I love your drawers, my favorite one is the one with graphics. In my old shop we take old drawers by hanging them on walls and use them as shelves. Cheap and easy.

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  13. Love it, Laurie! There is a nice softness to both. Great text stencil; I don't think I've seen one like that.

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  14. It's lovely - so spring feeling with the soft white and the lilacs hanging over it so gently. Very well done. Would never have thought of that myself.

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  15. so pretty, laurie! love the hazy coat of white over the top of the decal--have a great weekend!

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  16. Your tray is beautiful! I just posted a tray on my blog :)

    Dee

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  17. This tray is lovely~you have a way with these things Laurie!

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  18. Laurie,
    This tray is beautiful.Love the special touches you gave it.
    ((((Hugs))))
    Anne

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  19. wow you really transformed those drawers into something stunning!

    xo
    MC

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  20. Really super adorable Laurie! You are soooooo good at all this! :)
    xoxo,
    Shellagh

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  21. You are so clever! Those are both just beautiful. Very creative. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

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  22. So cool. See you have been playing up a storm. Keep it up, you're doing good.

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  23. Pretty clever!!!

    Have a great weekend,
    Carolyn

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  24. These will go well in your booth! How are things going with that venture?
    xxoo

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  25. Your serving trays are so pretty. Perfect for a variety of uses. How are things going with your booth?
    Mary Alice

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  26. Great job with the trays...
    You should sell lots...
    Blessings Lori

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  27. Your trays are beautiful. I can't imagine them sitting at your booth for very long. So very pretty!!

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  28. So pretty! I am a new follower from Romantic Home's party - Tanya :)

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  29. They are both so lovely! Great idea to add the handles for a tray! I also read your mother's day post--beautiful! Thank you so much for linking up to Rustic Restorations Weekends. I don't think I saw a link back to the party, but I would greatly appreciate it :)

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  30. I have a tray I painted white and I think I'll add a Frenchie ad to it after seeing yours. Oh, what a sweet tribute to your mom in the previous post - wow.....so meaningful. Linda

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  31. Your trays are so pretty Laurie...I'm sure they were scooped up quickly!

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  32. Looks like you've been busy making beautiful things. I really like the second one with the graphics, Laurie. Have a great week!

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  33. These are just beautiful! I've been wanting a tray and this is a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  34. These are beautiful, absolutely beautiful! I discovered you on Homespun Happenings and I'm now following you. I would appreciate if you could follow back. Tx

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  35. Love these drawers....I mean trays :)--They're beautiful! Thanks for visiting and wishing for my screened porch--I'll wish for one for you too. I like your blog; I'm your newest follower. I invite you to visit back! :) ~Zuni

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  36. What a great idea! I love how it turned out. I would've never guessed that it was once a drawer.

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  37. Love this project. What a smart idea to use a drawer for a tray! Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays.
    Have a wonderful week!

    Jody

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  38. WOW!! You outdid yourself for sure...love it!

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  39. You always do an amazing job with your projects. You give it that special Laurie's Touch...
    I can see your lilacs in your pictures. So pretty.
    I have found one deep purple lilac tree still in bloom and I will get the last for the season tomorrow, I know how you feel.
    Hugs Rosemary...xoxo

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  40. You've taken visits to ReStore to a whole new level. This project is beautiful! We're actually going to our local ReStore later this week and I can't wait to see what I can find. Thank you for the inspiration!
    Blessings!
    Geneva

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  41. Gorgeous. What a great idea for a drawer makeover. Love the graphic in the middle too. Stop by and link up if you have time
    Mary

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  42. Yes I agree with Geneva. I never would have thought to look for a drawer
    and then make it into a tray. I always seem to do it the hard way.
    Make it from scratch. Where do all your stencils come from?

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  43. Hello lovely Laurie,

    You've woven your magic again!! I love this - I never would have thought to do that with a drawer!! I love it!! The transformation is incredible - you are vv talented!

    Sarahx

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  44. Hi, Laurie!!!
    LOVED your trays... I would never think of that! Funny how the best ideas are the simple ones!
    I have to get some new paint colors... french linen is on my list now!

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  45. Thank you Laurie for sharing, my granddaughter and I are redecorating her room this summer. I just found out that she loves France. This is too fun. I'm going to make your drawers and use them on the two beds as - what ever- .

    thanks
    cindy@stitches

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  46. Hallo Laurie, I love this!!! Thank you for the inspiration!
    And thank you for visit me , hugs Barbara

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  47. what a wonderful way to make something so mundane look so beautiful.
    Job well done!!!!

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  48. Laurie, you create magic every time you pick up a brush. I love your drawer turned tray!!!! I love how you can see the possible in something so simple as a an old drawer : )
    Thank you for your lovely message, it meant so much!
    hugs from here...

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  49. I love how you took two old drawers and made them into works of art....they are so pretty, love them!

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  50. Laurie,

    Love your drawers, they came out so nice for serving trays.

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  51. Another treasure created. You are oh so talented!

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  52. What a pretty and romantic piece you made! I'll never look at an old drawer the same again ...

    :)

    Linda

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  53. These are beautiful! It makes my heart laugh with joy to see the creativity shared - when vision of something plain - others would throw away - results in something very beautiful - isn't that a reflection of the love of God?!
    I hope you have a wonderful day and I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  54. Hello Laurie, I wanted to share that I will be featuring your post this evening in my Home and Garden post - I appreciate you sharing!
    Kathy

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  55. What a beautiful idea for these trays--now I want to try it!

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  56. Hey Laurie,
    I love what you have done..I looks great!! I have a different way to do this! Check it out on my blog..http://cosylife-elly.blogspot.nl/2012/04/printen-op-hout.html
    Dear greatings Elly from Holland

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  57. What a great idea and a gorgeous tray! You're featured at Very Merry Vintage Style this week. Thanks for linking this great post up to the party--stop by and grab a feature button.
    Mary

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