From White to Gold


I’ve been looking for a tray like this for some time now, but I had begun to despair that I’d have to plan a quick shopping trip to Miami just to find one. Hubby wasn’t thrilled with that idea, naturally. I was beyond surprised to walk into one of my favorite second hand stores right here not long ago and spot this mirrored tray in sort of a whitish beige color. They had it labeled as a wall mirror and while it wasn’t cheap (because anything imported is expensive here even if it’s used) it was certainly cheaper than having to book a flight to Miami. I figured hubs should be grateful. So I bought it.
The painted metal loops had plenty of nicks and scrapes and the natural gunmetal tone underneath had begun to show through so it definitely needed a quick coat of spray paint. It still had the Home Goods label with the original price on the back. That’s what it had cost new.  And unfortunately that’s what it cost old too.  I paid 40 dollars for it in spite of the nicks and scrapes and peeling paint. But I felt fortunate to have even found it at all.
I had originally planned to remove the mirror and spray paint the loops but it had these metal tabs soldered in place in the back and there was a very strong glue holding the backing to the tabs. The mirror wasn’t budging. So I covered it as best I could with newspaper and after sanding the loops a bit, I spray painted them in gold. And now it’s sitting my coffee table up at the mountain house.
I sent the owner of the store a photo of the tray after I painted it gold and she expressed surprise upon realizing it was not a wall mirror and mentioned something about wishing she had kept it. Oh well.



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