Migraine has kept me incapacitated for several days, but it seems to be mostly over now, hallelujah. Even after the pain is gone, I feel wiped out for days after, so please bear with me as I get back into the swing of things. I’ll ease back in with this simple little decoupage music tray.
This was a yard sale find, with a little damage to the top.
I wasn’t able to pull off the rest of the damaged paper, so I primed and painted right over the top. Since I didn’t have a nice smooth surface, I decided to decoupage pages from an old hymnal onto the tray. You know how much trouble I have with decoupage, but this went surprisingly well.
To follow the curvy lines, I laid pieces of the music inside the frame and ran my fingernail against the curve, scoring the paper. After tearing away the excess paper, I brushed on Mod Podge and glued into place.
When it was completely covered, I added two coats of Mod Podge to the decoupage music then glazed the entire tray.
It still seemed kind of plain, so I also added a bird stencil to the center. I received this stencil from Royal Design Studios at the Haven Conference earlier this year.
I first tried stenciling it with silver craft paint, but it just didn’t show up well. So, I tried black right over the silver, too stark. Finally, I decided on lavender, which I think is a nice contrast to the neutral background.
I haven’t done so yet, but will be adding a couple of coats of polycrylic to seal and protect the decoupage music tray. Maybe I will become a fan of decoupage yet. How about you- decoupage, love it or hate it?