Congratulations, you made it to Friday! I don’t know about you, but that feels like quite the accomplishment. If you’ve been reading since around Christmas, you might remember the Secret Santa Gift Exchange I participated in with a group of fun and talented bloggers. In addition to that gift exchange, we also swapped thrift store items for a Thrift Swap! I transformed two wooden style placemats that were sent by Kim from Knock it Off Crafts in to a Penny Tile inspired tray!
I’ll be honest here, I still haven’t decided if this is a DIY Fail or a DIY Nail – I love the way it turned out, but it’s not quite what I had in mind. And for another confession (as if I needed to confess any more), I’ve had these placemats since the beginning of December, and I just decided what to do with them this week (talk about procrastination!). Every person that came to our house in the span of a month, I asked how they would upcycle them.
Every. single. person.
I even text multiple people pictures of them and said, “What would you do with me?!”. So, Kim… you got me – almost.
I’ve been so inspired by floors lately. I know that may sound strange, but following the Instagram account @ihavethisthingwithfloors has really opened my eyes to some of the most beautiful floors! I noticed a trend of penny tile, and now I see it everywhere. Once I stepped back and decided that these placemats actually kind of looked like penny tile, I decided I could try it!
First, because I was using these placemats and not Penny Tile, I spray painted all of my beads and the tray. I wanted a white-and-black tray, and decided to create a fun pattern that incorporated both colors. Once they were dry, I cut all of the beads apart, then began placing them in the tray.
I filled the entire tray, and then mixed my resin mix in order to cover all of the beads. In hindsight, I wish I had a little more resin. However, it was my first time working with it, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. NOTE: If you work with resin, please make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area.
I let my try dry for at least 24 hours, but it has actually taken about 48-72 for it to completely set up.
The resin did begin to rip off some of my paint. At first, I didn’t like this look, but now I feel like it makes the penny tiles look marbled.
Be sure to check out what all of these lovely ladies made! I can’t wait to see what Tee from A BeauTEEful Living made with what I sent her!
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