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How to Use Napkins to Decoupage a Tray - Get The Look For Less

This tray was originally dark brown, dirty and had some kind of floral applique on it. It was a $3 thrift find. It was sturdy. It was so ugly, but I knew that a little elbow grease and paint could make a world of difference.  My inspiration for this tray came from a Pinterest post showing similar trays for $186. Can you believe that price?   After cleaning the tray, I painted it using Waverly Inspirations Chalk Paint, Ultra Matte White.  Once the paint dried, I used blue and white floral paper napkins to cover the inside of the tray. The process, called "decoupage" is simple. The napkins were an Amazon purchase that I used previously on several other projects, including a decoupage pumpkin and Easter egg. How to Decoupage First, tear several strips of fabric or paper.  Apply glue or paste   (I used Mod Podge),  to the flat surface inside the tray. Cover the tray with those strips of paper. Finally, give the napkin-covered surface a generous coating of Mod Podge.  One of the g

Flip This Thrift - Ginger Jar Makeover

I knew when I saw it that I had to have it! I walked into the thrift store and saw this beautiful brown ginger jar on the shelf just waiting for me.  As an avid thrifter, I knew that I had to act fast or risk losing this beauty to another seasoned picker who could see its potential.  The color brown was probably off-putting to some, but I could see beyond that. What I Did Paint has always been my friend and I knew exactly what I was going to do. In this case, I used a Gloss White Spray Paint, and the rest, as they say, is history.  Stunning results! Thrifting is a  great way to uncover hidden treasures and give a second chance to home accessories and furniture. Go forth and thrift, my friends! Disclosure: Links may contain affiliates. When you buy through one of our links we will receive a commission. This is at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting Life on Greenwood and allowing me to continue to bring you valuable content.