It's been a very cold week around here and that's been stunting my creative juices. Last year at this time I was spray-painting a mouse pad coral and gold outside on the deck. But now? Well, there's so much snow on the deck I can't even open the back door.
So, in the meantime, I've tried to come up with some indoor projects that I can work on. I came across a DIY marble tray on another blog a few weeks ago that I knew I had to try. I
love LOVE marble. I already have two circular (rather heavy) slabs--one on our dining room table and one on our bedroom dresser. What can I say? I love marble. I'm a fan of the less-veiny-more-white-than-gray-variety, but, really, I'll take whatever I can get.
So, first stop was trying to get handles. I wanted something a little more golden but hilariously I couldn't find gold/light colored brass handles at the hardware store. So, this darker bronze number was the second best pick. I then searched for marble tiles that you would use to say, I don't know, tile your bathroom floor or wall, or shower, or backsplash or any and all of the above. Guess what? Couldn't find what I was looking for. If I wanted a 12x12 floor tile, then yes. I found several. If I wanted a 4x18 piece for a bathroom counter backsplash, then again, yes. But I was looking for something around 8x10 and that was near impossible to find. I even googled tile shops in the area but even then it was a gamble and the edges looked a little rough. And, I suppose I should mention, since I was making this as a gift for my mom I wanted the edges to look smooth and finished. If this was something for me, I might have given the floor tile a whirl just for the heck of it.
So, leaving Home Depot empty handed is soemthing that doesn't happen very often to me. I mean, I did get the gorilla epoxy while I was there after a salesperson tried to teach me about epoxy for 20 minutes not understanding that I have a pretty good idea of how epoxy works since we used it to glue together the bumper of the golf after I drove over a concrete parking barrier, (then backed up, tearing the bumper off the car). In the future, if this happens to you, go get marine (as in, works for things that get wet...boats, skidooos, etc) epoxy. It works really well.
So, I decided to buy a marble cheese tray from Sur La Table since they had the size I was looking for in stock. I was in and out of that store in about 2 minutes but it seemed like a cool shop filled with lots of things I'd like to have in my kitchen. The slab has foam stoppers on the bottom which is nice (won't scratch your furniture) and we were able to expoy the handles on super fast. Granted, I told my mom...don't walk around the house with this holding it by the handles, but you know, they're there if you need them. The epoxy had some crazy psi rating of like 3200 so I mean, I'm thinking since they are cured it should hold up. (If you going to ask why we didn't drill the marble to attach the handles, we were worried that the marble would just crack or brake, even if we used a masonry bit).
So, another fun craft project...and this DIY mabrle tray makes a great gift!