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Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Name is Daniels, Jack Daniels {Beverage Cart}

I have been on the lookout for a couple of old wooden beverage carts to makeover, but haven't had much luck. A couple of months ago I found an old metal one, but wasn't really sure what exactly I wanted to do with it. So it sat for many weeks because it refused to speak to me. 
I was seeing several wooden carts in blog land made over in such sophisticated, pretty ways. Some very French & chic, some were soft & sweet, and others were completely bold, bright, & cheerful. 
They were all cool & I took time to consider each idea & how I could put my spin on it.
Nothing feeling right for my sad little metal cart though. 

It occurred to me one afternoon while talking to a girlfriend about how very long it had been since we'd gotten everyone together for a night out on the town, that I knew exactly what this cart was meant to be.
I got it out of the shed & gave it a thorough cleaning before priming it with some metal primer. 
The cart & all 3 trays got 2 thorough coats with a light sanding in between coats. 

 Once it dried, the cart itself got 3 coats of Krylon's brilliant silver spray paint & the trays got 3 coats of black satin.
While everything was drying I spent some time online & working in CS5 getting the designs just right before printing, cutting & taping.
 I just used chalk on the back of the paper & traced the front lightly with a pencil.
It left the perfect outline for my Elmers paint pen to follow.
Now, here is where things got a whole lot more tedious than they were in my mind.
I've done literally hundreds of image transfers this way & I would say it's a fairly fool proof, easy way to get a crisp image onto something.
In this instance, because I was doing white over black, it took me 2 complete coats with my paint pens to make a solid outline to follow with my paint brush.
This took me several days due to hand cramps & the paint pens getting gummed up from all the chalk powder. I ended up going through 8 pens for this project!
I spent many, many hours in this position or even with individual trays on my lap with the TV on for company. 
I was never so happy to see an image done in all my life!
Then I did it all over again with a small paint brush & some white paint to fill everything in. It took 3 solid coats plus some random spots getting a 4th coat to get complete coverage.
Finally though, I ended up with something that looked like this.
I gave everything a very light sanding to smooth out any bumps or brush strokes that might be visible & to give the clear coat something to grab on to.
I sprayed it with Krylons clear coat in gloss but I wasn't getting it as shiny as it was in my mind.
After letting it set for a couple of weeks while I thought about it, I decided to use some Enviro Tex Lite on each tray to give it a glass finish.
I've used this product many, many times for jewelry, but never anything bigger.
I purchased 2 large boxes to make sure I had enough to cover all 3 trays.
I watched a few YouTube videos because I really, really needed this to turn out as good as possible.
 After having already spent many, many hours painstakingly painting the images, I was worried i would mess up the resin.
Before working with any kind of resin, it is important that you take the time to read all the directions.
I know, it's not fun, but it's necessary.
Just call me 'Safety Girl' Da da da daaaaaaaaa! *Giggles*
It is extremely important that you mix exact measurements & stir for exactly 2 minutes.
I used a glass measuring cup, but in the future I will just get some disposable ones. Don't forget safety glasses & gloves. You wouldn't want any of this splashing in your eyes.
I made sure my studio was well ventilated before I began & mixed according to how much area I was covering.
I poured it on slowly & evenly making circles to the interior of the tray.
You will notice air bubbles begin to appear no matter how slowly you pour.
It's not a problem at all. Once it has settled for 5 minutes or so you can take a torch to it.
I kept the flame low & constantly moving. Always at least 6 inches from the surface of the resin.
I probably had more fun doing this part than anything!
I finished all 3 trays this way then built an elaborate 'tent' to cover the trays. It's important to keep all dust & floating debris off the surface until they've had a soft cure at about 4-6 hours.
I wish I would have taken a picture of my tent, it was hysterical!
After drying for 72 hours, I went to check them out & was so bummed.
The surface was uneven & wavy.
Okay, so it's really hard to photograph, but I circled some areas where you could see it.
I decided to do a second layer in hopes it would fix everything.
I followed the same procedure & let it dry for another 72 hours.
Unfortunately, I didn't do much better this time either.
After all was said & done, there were a few pieces of fuzz that got dried into the finish & just a couple ripples.
It was definitely an improvement, but I would have liked a flawless finish.
Here it is all finished up.

This would be one of those projects where I learned a great deal. 
I'm so happy I waited until inspiration struck to give it a makeover, & I'm glad I branched out using resin on a larger project. I love the finished design & think it will make a great addition to someones'  cocktail set-up, and I think it's pretty unique.
On the other hand, I truly wish I would have gotten that flawless glass finish I was after. After countless hours of hard word it was pretty tough to see those little ripples in the surface.
I will be working with Enviro Tex again, but hopefully with flawless results.
Until next time!

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  2. Just amazing work! I found you through Clydia at Three Mango Seeds.

  3. Okay, I'm seriously loving this one too...


  4. Stacey, it is gorgeous! I love the look of glass you created (never heard of that product) and even though you say it isn't perfect, it looks pretty darn good to me.
    I have to pin this in case I ever have the opportunity to create that same finish.
    Debbie :)

  5. Without a doubt, one of the most professionally done and resourceful project undertakings Jack Daniels Blog has seen. We absolutely HAVE to share this. Nicely done! If you ever do another JD themed item, keep us in the loop! Thanks -JDB

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