Pulling props in the barn yesterday, finding the perfect stuff for a cookbook I am working on,
I unearthed this nice tray that could be great with just a little tweaking.
LOVE LOVE LOVE shooting cookbooks. Mainly because you can crank the music while working and in the end you have tactile proof of your efforts.
Back to the tray.
I bought it for a dollar at a tag sale a while ago.
Loved the shape of it but was not crazy about the stenciled design,
especially that bed of reindeer moss the ladies are perched on.
If those are in fact ladies, they could be aliens at a renaissance fair.
First I lightly sanded the design, sorry past crafter!, so the paint would adhere better.
Then I taped it off with some painting tape and paper towels,
wipe with a damp cloth to remove sanding dust.
I wanted to keep the gold stripes, they seemed original to the piece and added a bit of elegance.
Using black matte spray paint
(I like the kind used to repaint BBQ grills)
I sprayed over the design.
Here it is, already at work, holding some of my friend Jeremy's pear brandy
in a sweet decanter complete with a lady apple topper.
I will certainly use this in the new cookbook.
Without the design it is like a blank canvas,
just screaming out for some cool props.
not too bad for a dollar and a little effort huh?