Bathroom Tray Makeover {with Rub-n-Buff}

Hi everyone! I hope you all had an awesome weekend and that Monday was kind to you. I have been in crazy “clean out the closets and get rid of all the things!” mode for the last week. It feels awesome! I also had the blog moved to a new server {woohoo!} and have been working on all of the little things that come from that. It’s been busy! I’m still managing to sneak in some summer lazies, though. {Ahem. As in waking up an hour late every morning. Oops.}.

I did a quick little makeover on a tray we have on our bathroom counter. It was one of those projects where you just can’t stand to look at something the way it is anymore, and you don’t really have a plan but you just go for it. You do that kinda stuff too, right?

bathroom tray makeover - before

 

I bought this tray a couple years back from Hobby Lobby. It was one of their 80-90% off clearances they do inbetween seasons to get rid of leftover home and decor items. {I think they’re doing that right now, by the way!}. I use it to corral a few things on the counter – like the cotton balls, q-tips, and toothbrushes. After we painted, it was looking way to heavy and stuck out like a sore thumb, so I thought I would lighten it up a bit.

bathroom tray makeover - before

 

You can also see in this photo that the wooden part of the tray was not doing so well with water. It had some sort of stain on it {that would wife off when wet}, but it had not been sealed at all, so we were dealing with ugly water rings as well.

bathroom tray makeover

 

I pulled out a few different paints in greys, whites, and blues and my trusty tube of rub-n-buff to get started. Like I said, I had no plan other than lightening up the tray, so I just went at it. I started by using the rub-n-buff in gold leaf on the sides of the tray.

bathroom tray 3

 

This stuff is so much fun! All you do it squeeze a little bit of the cream onto a paper towel and rub anywhere you want color {there are several options available – mostly in metallics}. Once you have the coverage that you want, buff the area with a clean cloth or paper towel.

bathroom tray makeover

 

Next, I  just started layering paint onto the center of the tray. I would just paint a coat, wipe some of it off to distress it, and then repeat until I was satisfied with the look. There was really no rhyme or reason to it.

bathroom tray 5

 

At first, I wasn’t sure how much I really liked it. The jury is still out on it, but it is growing on me. I think it definitely looks better now that it is a lighter color overall and has a little more interest to it with the added texture.

Bathroom Tray Makeover with Rub-n-Buff

 

Bathroom Tray Makeover with Rub-n-Buff

 

Bathroom Tray Makeover with Rub-n-Buff

 

Have you ever done an impromptu makeover on anything without a plan in place? How did it turn out for you?

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Bathroom Tray Makeover with Rub-n-Buff