Gold Rimmed Natural Onyx or Agate Stone Tray

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When I saw this picture on pinterest I thought it was so pretty and elegant and remembered that I saw a similar Agate stone in a bazaar that I went (not sure if its agate or onyx), so I went back and bought it.. My first thought was to create the gold rimmed with gold leaf, but it was a bit expensive because I only found it in packages and not just a couple of sheets, then I found this paint called Liquid Gold (Rodin brand at Lumen store only in México) and I though this could work. Fingers Crossed! And it did! So follow this super super easy steps and you´ll get a perfect tray. Enjoy!

ESPAÑOL>>> Cuando vi esta imagen en pinterest pensé que era súper bonita y elegante y recordé que había visto piedra tipo Ágata una en un bazar que visité, así que regresé a comprarla.(No estoy segura que sea ágata o Onyx) Mi primer pensamiento fue hacer el contorno con hoja de oro pero era muy caro porque solo la conseguí en paquetes de varias hojas, entonces vi esta pintura llamada Oro Liquido de marca Rodin en Lumen y pensé que funcionaria Cruce mis dedos! y así fue! Así que sigue estos super super sencillos pasos y tendrás una charolita perfecta.

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The first step is to clean very well your stone getting rid of any dust it might have, then with a fine brush apply the liquid gold all around the rimmed area carefully not to paint the flat surface of the stone. This type of paint dried so quickly so in a few minutes was ready!

El primer paso es lavar muy bien tu piedra para quitarle todo el polvo que pueda tener, después con un pincel fino aplica el Oro Liquido por todo el contorno de la piedra con cuidado de no pintar la parte plana de la piedra. Este tipo de pintura seco bastante rápido así que en minutos ya estaba lista! IMG_0337

 If the stone you found is too small you can make a pretty coaster! —– Si la piedra que encuentres es muy pequeña puedes hacer un bonito portavasos!

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DIY Gold Chevron Desk Tray (Kate Spade office)

Hi, this time I´m going to show you a tray that I did a few weeks ago and I really really liked it, the result is very functional and pretty. The chevron pattern as you probably know is very in right now, Kate Spade is one of the brands that are exploiting this pattern, and I think in golden colors it could look very elegant and fun at the same time. I want to apologies in advance for some of the pictures, I tend to get creative on the late ours of the day so taking picture at night makes them look very ugly. Promise to take my tutorials pictures in the mornings! 🙂

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White Spray paint in white for your base (primer or regular paint) | Gold spray paint for the chevron pattern or any color you prefer |  Transparent gloss spray paint for a final coat | Masking tape (in my case I used a thin one so the chevron pattern looks smaller) | pencil | ruler | scissors |

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Of course you´ll need the actual tray it could be a plastic one like mine or it could be a wooden one or even metal. This tray was my moms and she never used it, it was pretty but not pretty enough.

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First step is to sand a little the surface so the paint would stay longer. Now go ahead and paint it white. After that you´ll have to wait at least a couple of hours or you´ll regret it. I let it dry about 12 hours!

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Then you will have to divide one of the sides in 4 or more lanes depending on the size of your tray. You´ll have lanes that you are going to fill with angled stripes of tape leaving empty spaces the same width as the tape.

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After you finish the first lane, trace with your pencil a line over the tape and proceed to cut the excess of tape beyond the line, with you´ll proceed to start the second lane, but in mirror reflect angles >. As shown in the second picture.

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Cut the excess to create a clean shape.

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You´ll have something similar to this when you are done.

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Cover the whole permitter with tape and with paper make something like a box around it to avoid painting everything surrounding our project.

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Spray Paint with at least two coats waiting between each coat. Once its dry remove the tape to reveal the beautiful design.

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After you peel all the tape, Give it a double coat of transparent gloss to preserve the design and the sparkly golden color.

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Listo! …You are done!… You can use this for anything that  you want. I would not recommend using this for food or messy uses, because the constant cleaning of this might peel the paint off with time. So keep it clean with a moist cloth. Enjoy and let me know what you think!.

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You can check my other chevron tray here

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DIY Gray Chevron Tray

Chevron is patter that lately you see in every design you can get, carpets, phone covers, laptops, fashion and every decorative item. So This is nothing new but you can transform a ordinary object into a beautiful design piece!

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I have had this wooden tray for years; I even paint it one time bright lime green, until a few month ago that I decided to paint it with a more interesting pattern.I needed a tray to organize all of my things that I keep over my dresser. So I thought about that old tray of mine. But you can do this on whatever flat surface you can think of, a table, the front of a dresser or even a cushion.

This project took me  2 hrs.

In this case didn´t cost me anything because I had all the materials.

First you`ll need: some water based paint (in my case some leftovers I used in the past), a paintbrush, cutter, pencil, ruler and masking tape or painters tape.

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First you´ll have to paint the entire tray white or any color that you´ll chose. Once you have a solid base color, you lightly measured out a checkerboard in pencil.  In my case, I decided on 5cm x 5cm squares. I then used masking tape or painter’s tape to cover everything that is going to stay white.

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I started painting with regular acrylic wall paint.  It took a lot of coats to get a solid color. Finally you remove all the tape and you can touch up some of the possible mistakes with a very fine brush and some base color paint.

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The final result is really amazing. You can use it to stack some books, magazines or even a flower base over a coffee table. It´s a very easy to do weekend project.  Here you can check out another chevron tray i made too!.

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