Monday, October 28, 2013

Changeable Serving Tray

This wood tray has been in my stash of items to repaint for some time.
Years ago I painted a floral spray
of spring flowers on it.
Pretty for many years, but styles and tastes change
so it didn't bother me to paint it again.
Like most artist, we repaint treasures several times right over past works.
When I painted over this tray I kept it simply
with Chalk Paint in Old White
and Black with distressing for the raised sides and bottom.
 I also added an acrylic cut sheet of Plexiglas to protect the surface making it changeable for the seasons
by adding old graphics, cards, pictures and more under the sheet.
For the Plexiglas, I took the tray with measurements
to Home Depot and they cut the sheet right there for me.
Easy and inexpensive.
You could use glass, but that would make the tray very heavy to carry
for serving.
So getting to the changeable part, this season I used
a graphic for the Witch's Ball
copied on card stock and placed under the sheet
with a few silk leaves.

For another look, I enlarged and over sized
postcard graphics.

As you can see by the coffee table underneath,
this tray is large with plenty of room
for many looks.
I love how I can use this
tray in many ways.
And before I go today,
Here's one more thing.
My son's neighbor is a wood worker
and he designed this gorgeous bowl
from a tree and gave it to me as a gift.
I just love it and the natural
with real look of the tree
showing through.

Bottom is raised like a pedestal.
The surface is smooth and perfectly glazed.

Handy to hold a few coasters I created
from left over tiles
when we redesigned our kitchen.

Now I just have to share another
one more thing I noticed while writing this post.
While looking back at the tray pic below.
I noticed in the upper left hand corner,
it looked like the shadow of a spider!
What is this? 
Well, it is the shadow of my chandy over head.
Created from wood, iron and glass crystals,
it reflects like a long leg spider.
Perfect for the Witch's Ball Tray, right?
Thank you for visiting today and thank you for the
comments and emails on my last post
sharing a bit of the fabric and gift wrap.
Still learning!
Fall Entertaining.
Graphics used for tray
courtesy of
Have the perfect Fall Day!
Celestina Marie




Valerie-Jael said...

The tray is beautiful, and I love the idea of keeping it neutral and having a sheet of plexi-glass to put decoration under - great idea! Valerie

Melanie said...

What a smart idea! I have a tray that I could use this idea on! Thank you for sharing! Yours is lovely, spider and all! LOL!! Loved the bowl too! Everything is lovely!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Good morning Celeste!

I love your idea for the tray, you never tire of it, how cool is that? And the spider reflection couldn't be more perfect for the Witches Ball!

The bowl you were given is gorgeous. I love the would grains in it. This guy is really talented to create such a work of art. You can tell it's smooth as silk to the touch. I'm really impressed!

Things are looking up a bit here on Golden Pond. God is working, always working. Hope to talk to you soon. I'm gone Tues & Wed during the day.

Love & hugs, Edie Marie

1CardCreator said...

Gorgeous tray, I love the idea of using plexiglass to keep it changeable and I love the clean look of the black and white, just gorgeous! Beautiful wooden bowl from your sons neighbor too. ~Diane

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love the idea of the plexi so you can change out the images, Celeste! It looks great in Witches Ball mode. : ) Love the scallop to its edge. I have one with scallops, too, that I just love.

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

Your eye for design is amazing. I love all the details and how everything always marries together. LOVE It all SISTER !! Hugs and hope that you have a BOOOTASTIC time this halloween season. TOODLES

Donna said...

I just love your idea of creating a tray that you can change out with the seasons, Celestina! It turned out beautifully, and of course my favorite look is the French postcards:) Tres chic! That is so funny about the chandy spider shadow! And thank you for the tip about having plexiglass cut. What a terrific idea instead of heavy (and breakable)glass. Oh, and your coasters are gorgeous! I've been meaning to do that with some leftover tile we've got laying around. Thanks for the inspirations!!

Unknown said...

I love the tray and what a wonderful

Dorthe said...

Hello dear Celestina Marie,
Your tray is both stylish and very elegant, and the way with the plexi glass is a wonderful idea.
Your Halloween decorations under it looks cozy and the Paris look so lovely.
That handmade wooden bowl is a beautiful piece, too.
Hugs from Dorthe

farmhouse-story said...

the plexiglas is such a great idea, celeste! the bowl is fabulous, and your pretty coasters look right at home in it. the spider--too funny:)

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

What a great idea for the tray. I have a couple that I have been looking at in the garage and have done nothing with them. I am now going to copy your idea and get some plexglass cut to fit the tray. I will be able to change to different seasons. Thanks so much for this wonderful post.
Have a great week.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I am sooo stealing this idea! I love the idea of acrylic and had not idea the box stores cut it! I think it was a spider booooooo!


cynthia lee designs said...

What a great it!! I have a wood tray that I repainted a cream color and then aged it. Now I want to get a piece of glass for it and put things under it for the different seasons and holidays. Thanks for sharing this.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

Oh how very clever of you - I love the tray and such a good idea having the plexiglass and to be able to change the look and keep it clean.
The wooden bowl is lovely, as are the coasters.
Thanks for all you share and wishing you a happy week

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,
You are very clever for using the Plexiglas inlay! Sure enough it did reflect your 'spider' very fittingly with your d├ęcor.
Enjoy your fall season.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hello Dearest,
I know that I have been AOL...But I'm here now.
I love the many things you can use your gorgeous trey for...But I really love the witches ball. That is so cool Celeste!!!
And I do love the teapot...LOL.
I need to call soon and have our chat.Lots to tell.
Love you ,
Marie Antoinette...Off with my head I go

Jenna said...

Hi Celestina :o) Thank you for stopping by for a visit and for always leaving me such sweet comments. I love everything that you make! I just wish I had more room...LOL! That tray is so neat, I like the idea of being able to change graphics and such...Great Idea! and yes, that looked just like a spider in the corner...too funny! Have a super week! Hugs Jen

Kerri said...

Oh that is a very good idea with the plexi-glass for the tray! I like both designs of course the Paris postcards, but also the witch's ball for Halloween! That wood bowl would be perfect for candy to pass out to all the trick-or-treaters!!

Hope you are having a splendid week creating my friend.

Unknown said...


I love the things that you create, your designs are wonderful. That is an awesome shadow, how perfect is that? I love them all, but especially the Fall one.

Have a beautiful evening.


miss flibbertigibbet said...

That looks great! And making the changeable bottom is a wonderful idea! Your enlarged postcards look so good! I seem to get a lot of distortion when I enlarge…you must know what you're doing better than I !

Curtains in My Tree said...

I have a tray similar to yours and have it for years and put it out in one of my yard sales and always bring it back in LOL I have used it so many different ways

Mine is painted a shinny glitter Gold now

Createology said...

Lovely tray and I adore how you can switch out the graphics for so many occasions. The Chandelier spider is too funny. I am reading this on Halloween. Love the handmade wooden bowl. Your coasters are fabulous. BOO-tiful decor dear...

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Since I've been out of town, I am catching up on your posts. Love this tray idea. What a great way to change it for each season. You are so smart. The wood bowl is gorgeous. Your son's neighbor is definitely an artist. laurie

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..