It needed some love and was screaming for sandpaper and a facelift!
Hubby thought I'd bought a drawer. Must have been the handles.
These handles had seen better days. And they weren't really speaking to me. So...
I took a good look at the screws and went for my favorite screwdriver: Philipe
And made quick work of the handles.
This is also a good shot of the questionable black stuff under the screws on this side. Probably some moisture had gotten into that crack at some point. Didn't bother me, since I plan to use this for drinks and it's gonna get messy. BUT-I brought some tough grit to get most of that gone if I could.
This is a small tray, so I just folded over a sheet of sandpaper and sanded by hand. There was also a shiney finish to it, so I chose medium to get that off quickly. Or because I'm lazy and the medium made the sanding go a lot faster.
Once sanded, I hit it with a base layer of spray paint.
But it seemed too light to me, so I grabbed another can I had and layered it on. (I think it was Krylon Pebble). The real fun began when I started shopping for the new handles. I hit a few different favorite stores before settling on these. They didn't come with screws, so I then hit up my dad's awesome stash and found four that worked and four nuts to hold them on. Daddy helped me saw off the extra length on the screws, and this was where I learned that metal work is not for me. (Can you say sparks on my arms and legs? Yeah, done.) Then I touched up the inside where it had gotten scored a little from sawing off the screws.
And here she is!
The perfect start to my day is a peaceful cup of coffee and some time uninterrupted with the Lord. I love it when that actually happens, too!
I am digging the tray on the deck, too. Every southern gal needs a way to get her refreshing sweet tea outside.
And there's no better friend to sweet tea than Banana Cake with Quick Caramel Frosting, right?
Occasionally there's a little girl lurking around the freshly cut cake slice, too...
A small project that is already bringing a lot of pleasure to our family!