I scored this Vintage Printers Tray at my local Antique Shop. I had been looking for one of these trays for a while now. The trays that I spotted at other shops were much too large.
As you can see from the photograph, someone spilled a large amount of paint in the left-hand corner of the tray. Why do people do that?
Of course, I could cover the tray with paint or decorative paper. But I think that would destroy the vintage feel of the piece. I love old wood items.
Ron purchased some paint stripper which he will test on the tray. Via the Internet, I also found a recipe for handmade paint stripper. Here are the directions if you ever want to try it:
Handmade Paint Stripper Recipe
- Dissolve washing soda into cold water in a 1:1 ratio.
- Mix 2/3 cup flour into warm water and make a thick gel. Add the soda water to the flour gel solution.
- Using a paint brush, apply the mixture on the painted areas. Leave it on for thirty minutes - to a few days - keeping it moist by spraying water over the mixture.
- Last, wash off mixture with a vinegar and warm water solution.
After I finish treating the tray, I hope to fill it with mixed-media art pieces and art supplies. What do you do with vintage wood pieces?