December 7, 2011

Spray Painters Anonymous.... Satori Design For Living

Hello lovely readers! I am Shauna from Satori Design for Living. When TIffany first asked me to be part of her Spray Painter Anonymous series I was excited and thought- I can totally do this! I'm no stranger to paint, but I have to admit my experience with spray paint has been limited. After accepting the challenge I thought of an obstacle- it is winter and being from Canada, baby it's cold outside! I couldn't paint outside and the garage was definitely too chilly. No worries! I covered the work table in my basement and went for it (a little white spray paint splatter never hurt anyone)!

For those of you who don't know me, I would describe my style as classic, with a bit of an edge. This fall I did a thorough cleaning of my kitchen and came across this country tray from the 90's when knick knack paddy whack was going strong. Without hesitation it went straight into the donate bin. After Tiffany asked me to make something over, I thought about it and remembered the box was still in my garage (sometimes procrastination pays off)! Could the tray be given a second life in my home?

I am a huge fan of white and thought at first I would turn it in to a lacquered tray. I gathered the supplies I would need to complete this look.

I cleaned the tray really well and used very fine grit sandpaper to lightly scuff it up. Then I sprayed two thin coats of primer over the entire tray. When it was dry I sprayed 2 coats of high gloss white, lightly sanding between coats. Already the tray looked better, but it needed that "je ne sais quoi."

I decided the tray needed a graphic punch so I applied Amy Butler wallpaper I had leftover from a previous project. This one is not pasted so I applied it with Modpodge. To protect the tray, I sprayed two thin coats of clear gloss spray.

I love how punchy the wallpaper makes the tray look against the white paint. It's the perfect addition to the desk in my office.

Let's just say, I'll be adding spray paint to my DIY repertoire. I thought while I was in the mess I would spray paint a few other things- pine cones, ornaments and a vase (can anyone say Spray Painters Anonymous)! I think that will be it until the spring when I can move it to the garage or outside. It's probably not a good idea to continue messing with the air quality in my house!
Thank you so much for having me, Tiffany, and introducing me to your readers. Not only was it a fun project, but now I have a beautiful tray that cost next to nothing! I encourage everyone to try something like this because you never know what diamond you may have waiting in the rough.

Thank you so much Shauna!  That tray went from really bad to really fabulous!!  Be sure to check out Shauna's blog

She has an amazing holiday countdown going on!


And now let us all repeat the Spray Painters Mantra:
Friends, help me source all the items I am searching for but can not find.
Give me the vision to think outside of the box and remember the can of spray paint,
and bless me with the patience to let each of the coats dry before I move on to the next step!

Cookies and coffee are in the back! =)

If you need support for your spray painting addiction and would like to "attended" a meeting 
please contact me:

We always love to know other addicts, and can always use more inspiration for our projects!


Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Hi Tiffany, Thanks for having me. This was fun to do! I posted a few other amazing transformations on my blog. So glad to be part of this series! xo Shauna

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I actually had to do a double take when I saw it painted white. The lines of the tray didn't really shine until the white was sprayed on, but the pattern of the wallpaper really makes the tray special. Well done Shauna!

A Vintage Vine said...

Love this, she did a great job re making this tray over!

Karen said...

I have thing for trays so this project caught my eye. I absolutely love it! The wallpaper design is perfect for it. That is just an all around great job.

Amanda said...

ooh! I like this! what a fun idea & it would make a great holiday gift as well.

Shannon said...

This is pretty!

Vicky said...

Much, much better! Very pretty paper too.

Tamara Nicole said...

I love it! What a great idea:-) I spray painted wine bottles, and even heels this past week. LOVE the transformations!

Ms. Givens said...

I never spray paint anything but I have a lamp I need to do.
The tray turned out fabulous!

Lisa @ Henderson Rubin Creative Design Studio said...

Wow Shauna what a transformation! I love the new look of the tray. Great job!

Jean @ Flower Hill said...

Love it!

Heather said...

Just found your great site via Amanda Carol. I too am a spray paint nut and can't wait to see what you have instore for us. Heather