January 14, 2013

DIY Faux Malachite Serving Tray

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Inspired by THIS pin (tutorial link below)!

With the introduction of Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year (PS- it's emerald...who's excited?!), the design and fashion world has seen a surge of deep green decor, jewelry, clothes, etc. But even before Pantone announced it's color of the year, Malachite was experiencing a come back in the design world, and I love it! When I went to High Point Market this past Fall, I saw this everywhere- from throw pillows, to tabletops, to knick-knacks, to upholstery.


So in order to incorporate some of this gorgeous mineral into my house, I created my own faux malachite tray!

I bought a square tray from Target on clearance for $5 (the same one I have on my coffee table) and spray primed it. I then collected a few paint brushes, dark green paint, lime green paint, and black paint, as well as a piece of cardboard. I followed THIS tutorial that I found on The Aestate! I didn't include step by steps in this post, so click on over and follow that tutorial if you're interested.

The good thing about this is that it's supposed to look like natural striations in the rock, so if you mess up, it's easy to either cover up or play off like it never happened.

And here is the finished product!

She rests on my TV stand with a few books and a Nate Berkus urchin.

This cardboard and paint tutorial is something I have never done before! This project is far from perfect, but I feel like I will be using it again and again until I perfect it...

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  1. Malachite is so beautiful and pricey. How fun that you tried a faux one!I love the patterns that you created. I wonder if there is something you could clear coat it with to give it more of a glossy look. Great job! xo Kristin

    1. Thanks, Kristin! I actually coated it with two coats of lacquer, but I'm not super happy with the result. Looks like I'll have to whip out the glass again! :)

  2. This turned out great! I love the look of it!

  3. Love your tray! It turned out so great! Don't you want to make a bunch of other malachite things now? I know I do haha

    1. Thanks, Caitlin! YES! I wonder how it would look on the walls...

  4. Wow, that really looks like malachite. Going to go check out that tutorial, thanks for sharing!

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  6. WOW! Great job! It looks so beautiful!

  7. I love it! Totally awesome :)


  8. Great posts always. I constantly go back, like today, to refer to old.


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