Motivated Monday #10
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My parents had them.
They were metal with some pastoral scene or maybe they were black with a gold tole pattern "painted" on them.
I don't remember.
I do remember, though, that they had hollow metal legs like these.
and they would fold up into some sort of storage set up like this set.
Flash forward four decades.
It's one of those things you don't see much of anymore.
In my home, though, it is usually just the two of us again for dinner.
We have what everyone says is a show stopper granite table in our kitchen but it seems we are always dragging out plates out into the family room in front of the bigger TV while we eat our dinner.
I bought some lap trays in an effort to save our couches from spills but the plates would slide around every time we moved.
So when I was pulling together ideas for The Traveling Door Sale I came upon some plain wooden TV trays.
I knew immediately what I wanted to do with them.
I decided I would resurrect the idea of those iconic trays from the 60's and recreate them for today's spaces.
I painted one set black
and another set red.
** FYI This photo was taken at The Traveling Door show. We were lucky enough to have our show in a terrific condo that had just come on the market. Since they had just installed new carpet we thought it would be a good idea to protect it from the traffic.
I didn't want you to think I was so neurotic that I cover the carpet in my house with plastic. :) I was going to photoshop it out but that looked like a lot of work. :)
I printed out the picture and placed the print out under a sheet of clear mylar so I could cut out and make my own stencil of the fork knife and spoon.
I painted a round circle for the plate and then added the flatware.
Voila a TV tray with a nod to the past but with that graphic look that looks so 2010.
I made one more set but instead of the silhouetted place setting I just wrote the names of some of the more popular shows on the top and added some pattern to the legs with a paint pen and then polyurethaned everything to protect it and so they would wipe off easily.
So what have you been up to?
I can't wait to see what cleverness you come up with this week.
If you have a moment be sure and top by Ms Bingle's Vintage Christmas. Her trees that she posted last week are incredible! Double click on the image to enlarge it and see all the detailing. Amazingly gorgeous.
Okay readers, bring it on. Inspire me. :)