I’m guessing that in their former life, these fruit shaped wooden trays were probably meant to hold sliced cheese, fresh fruit, crackers and other finger foods. I found all three of these at the Salvation Army thrift store while perusing for plates for my plate wall. I grabbed them immediately and put them in the cart. They reminded me of the French fruit wall art I made for the kitchen a few months ago and I knew they’d be a perfect fit.
However, their current state wasn’t exactly what I was going for. We (my kids and I) determined that the two smaller ones were pears, pretty easy to figure out, and that the larger one was a butternut squash. My son’s first guess was a pumpkin, but after looking at it a bit more, I knew it had to be butternut based on its shape and the stem. I haven’t used butternut squash a whole lot, but I did make these amazing vanilla maple butternut muffins with a maple glaze. Oh my!
But I digress…
I had the perfect spot, above my stove, so I went to work using the natural colors of these fruits and a distressing technique that’s very easy to accomplish. Ready?
First I sanded them down to remove any glossy finish.
Then I painted each one with the appropriate color. The pears were a dark shade of red and green and the squash a mustard type yellow.
After letting the base color dry completely, I painted a vintage white over the top of each one.
While still wet, use a piece of masking tape to lift off some of the paint.
Let this dry completely before continuing.
Yay power tools! Grab your little power sander (yes you can use sandpaper, but you really need to get yourself one of these. Or borrow your husband’s enough where he’ll buy a replacement. hee hee.) and sand the edges. You want to reveal the color underneath the white layer.
I had to use some regular sandpaper for this too since the fruit is rounded like a shallow bowl. Since the sander can’t get into spots like that, having sheets of sandpaper on hand is imperative.
As you can see from the collage above, I sanded down to bare wood in some areas. When you’re all done, don’t forget to coat with a clear acrylic sealer. Because these are lightweight I was able to use wall putty to hang them. :)
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