Swap it Like It's Hot - Woven Tray Goes Geometric



Last year I came across Charlotte Smith's blog, Ciburbanity. In the process of stalking her posts I discovered her series "Swap It Like Its Hot." The premise: 40 bloggers shopping their local thrift stores and sending a handful of treasures under $15 to one of the other bloggers who then has to create something with the thrifty item(s) they received. I thought, "So basically we get to shop the thrift store (twist my arm!), mail it off, and then a box of happy thrift mail shows up on our own porch? WHERE DO I SIGN UP?!?

Apparently posting a comment on her site and begging to participate did the trick :) Charlotte was nice enough to include me in this year's Swap and it's been so fun! Obviously the best part was getting our items in the mail. Ashley from Simply Designing had the PERFECT reaction to her delivery of items: "You guys. I just got my box. And it even smells like a thrift store. How does that even happen?! It was like boxed up thrift store air. The cost of the goods shipped = around $10. Bottled up thrift store air = ‪#‎priceless‬." Ashley might have a business idea there... 

My box of goodies came from Nancy of Artsy Chicks Rule



I explained to C (my 6 year old) that I would have to DIY or repurpose some of the items for a project I was doing. so he started firing off genius ideas. "The woven tray could be a frisbee. The silver platter could be a super hero shield. The ampersand letter could be a track for a car, and the metal display frame could be turned sideways into a basketball hoop!" I love how he doesn't hem and haw... boom, boom, boom... done... move on. 

I on the other hand hemmed and hawed for a few weeks!!


I kept coming back to the woven tray because I have another one like it that I use in our living room to corral magazines, books and our channel changer (or Remote Control for those of you ((ahem...Kristin Rogers)) who don't know what a channel changer is). I love the geometric shape of it and thought it could make a cool piece of artwork.


Of course I hopped onto Pinterest and was inspired right away by this geometric tray made by Up In the Air Somewhere. I'm loving everything gold right now (like everyone else!), so gold and white were easy color options.


It took me awhile to wrap my head around how to measure and lay out my pattern with the tape. After trying about 6 times, I finally made sense of it. And don't ask me to try and explain it because:


Basically I made a single line down the center, and then I used those wrapped pieces of weaving along the border of the tray to determine my corners. (I'm getting anxiety just trying to explain this). And then after a section would dry, I'd add more tape, blah blah blah. 



It was a miracle, all the diagonal lines came out proportional!! 

I paired the tray with two of my other recent thrift finds and I think they make quite the happy little aztec-ish, geometric-ish, family.


Want to see what items I thrifted for Rachel at Shades of Blue Interiors? Head over to her blog and prepare to be amazed by her DIY skillzzzz! And random side note; If I still did Twinsie Tuesdays (which I may resurrect), Rachel would totally be paired with Amy Smart. 

See the list of links below to check out projects from all 40 participants. There's also a Swap It Like It's Hot Pinterest board where you can see swap transformations from the previous years!



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    1. Thanks Cassie -- appreciate you stoppin' by :)

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  2. You are hilarious! Hahaha twinsie Tuesdays..... Also that tray! 😍😍 I want one! Your son sounds like my boys! I loved reading that little story and how quick he came up with repurposing ideas!

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    1. Those question mark things were supposed to be heart eyes!

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    2. LOL - I saw these messages on my phone first and the question marks did indeed show up as heart eyes :)

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  3. I love it! We have been having great luck this month for big trash - last night we found 2 metal chairs just like the ones you redid.........last year? Jerry is out there using the steel wool to get the rust off now and then I'll be using some of that paint I won from Krylon - can't wait to show you!

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    1. STOP IT Kelli!! You found two of those chairs in the trash!?!?!?!! Ahh, can't wait to see them!

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  4. HAHA! So first off... love you back and SO happy you're part of the #swap fun. And second... your makeover is awesome. (How is it possible that you got so many great things for under $10... tough decisions for you, my friend!) Thanks for joining in and home run, girl! xx

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  5. I love your painted tray! Gold + white is always a great call! And your son's suggestions were the cutest thing ever! :)

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    1. Thanks Brynne! Now that I rediscovered that gold paint that had been hidden in a drawer, I'm scoping out other things to paint with it!

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  6. Your tray turned out perfectly!! Love that your son was excited to help you decide!

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    1. Thanks Christy!! Weren't his ideas good!?! Kids see things so differently (and more creatively) than we do!

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  7. Love how the tray turned out!! I love the ideas your son had, made perfect sense to me!! ;)
    Nancy

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    1. Thanks Nancy!! And thanks for all the goodies :)

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  8. Hang on...let me over think this! That is hilarious. The tray looks great but I am totally with C on the basketball hoop!

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    1. I know!!! The basketball hoop was a great idea!! Lol.

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  9. Super pretty! I love painted baskets- great job!

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  10. You can't go wrong with gold and geometric shapes - your tray looks awesome!!

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  11. Your math came out perfect ;) Love the tray! I also love the imagination of a 6 year old. I was in your boat where it took me weeks to think of something.

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  12. First of all, C is one creative genius :) second of all, despite not choosing his ideas, your geometric, aztec-y inspired project turned out gorgeous!! Way to cute to hold a channel changer or remote control. Bah ha ha ha ha ha! Must be displayed just as you have it :)

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    1. LOL!! I'm so happy to have itroduced "channel changer" into your vocabulary.

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  13. Love your makeover! I had similar trays on my last Swap. Paint to the rescue!

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    1. Paint savs the day! And I'm so THANKFUL for those evenly spaced wrapped pieces around the edge... otherwise those could have been some wonky shapes!!

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