Summer Break in Europe

By Kate Riley July 18, 2016

Greetings friends! I’m more than halfway through my summer European travel adventure, first Paris, then London, and today I spent the day in Salzburg. I strolled all through town soaking up all the charm that exists here and seeing some amazing sunset views.

When I was in law school many years ago I stayed in Salzburg and took a three week legal course here so this place is extra special to me and it is so great to return again and stay for a few days.

 salzburg images

I’m taking the week off so I can fully enjoy the remainder of this trip. I’m headed to Munich on Thursday and then home on Sunday and will be back to blogging more regularly next week.

Until then, Auf Wiedersehen !

Blue Butler Tray

By Kate Riley July 15, 2016

Recently I was invited by Ave Home to create something wonderful with one of their many chic raw wood products they sell on the Ave Raw site. A tray with a brass stand stood out as a stylish piece that I could use for storage or entertainment, so I decided to paint it a bold glossy blue and use it as a libation station for a summer party.

royal blue tray drink station

In the corner of the living room at the Las Vegas house I set up a mini bar for guests using this freshly painted royal blue and brass tray.

 drink station royal blue tray

It began as the Audrey Butler Tray and Stand by Ave Raw with a raw wood tray top and beautiful brass stand.

 audrey tray raw

The tray is beautiful raw (can you imagine it stained?) but I wanted to paint it so I taped off the brass edges with painter’s tape in preparation.

 raw tray

 tape tray

I primed the tray first since I was using an oil based gloss paint. Simple sponge brushes do the trick for a small project like this, and bonus I don’t have to deal with cleanup with oil based paint because I can just toss them out!

 prime tray

I followed it up with three coats of blue gloss paint, for this project I used Rustoleum’s enamel paint in Gloss Royal Blue, I love this color!

 blue gloss paint

Three coats of paint later I had this glossy blue beauty!

 blue and brass tray

I purchased beverage fixings from the grocery store and some cute flamingo party straws (these are from World Market.)

 drinks in tray

 flamingo straws in glass

 

The Audrey’s versatile enough to serve as a bar tray, end table, or nightstand. Imagine it stained or painted in any color you like!

 tray before after

 

 royal blue tray ave home

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*This post is sponsored by Ave Home, all opinions are my own.