I’ve always liked elephants.
Which is why I decided to decorate the guest room in an elephant motif. For the longest time this tiny room was home to both a queen sized bed and a set of bunk beds, which left about two feet of space for any potential guests to even walk. But now that I’ve taken out the bunk beds (no, I did not do this myself, or you would have seen it on this blog) there is more room to decorate. The panda picture is a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle that I put together and coated with Mod Podge years ago. That’s not going, so I guess what we have here is actually a kind of panda/elephant motif. I know pandas and elephants aren’t usually thought of as going together, but hey, in a whimsical world anything can happen, right?I’ve also always liked Agatha Christie, hence the title of this post. Since I own probably way too many Agatha Christie books from Audible, (the ones read by Hugh Frasier are the best), I even listened to “Elephants Can Remember” while working on the project you will see below.At some point while I was working on the Christmas Tea Tray, I saw a picture of an elephant mosaic on Pinterest and saved it for future reference. I imagined it on a tray in the guest room. Using the picture from online, I drew my own version on a wooden tray from Michael’s Crafts.I noticed the legs on the opposite side of the elephant and part of the underside of it were darker than the rest, which gave it a little more depth, so I marked off the parts that were to be dark. (That’s right, the DK, in this case, does not stand for Debra Kay.)here if you must know…)As with the Christmas Tea Tray, I got all kinds of grout on the wood. Mental note: next time use painter’s tape…I ended up painting the tray black, which I thought looked pretty good. You saw this photo in “Sea Animals Update.” It had occurred to me that if I put the tray in the guest room as intended, then no one would ever see it except overnight guests, which to be honest, I almost never have. So I left it out on the table where I could see it.
Around this time I came up with another great “hack” for cutting tiles and pieces of glass that are too thin for your tile nippers. (Remember I showed you my first one in “Piece By Piece.”)So much so that I spent time cutting my glass sheets into tiny squares, triangles, and rectangles and organizing them by color. Much easier than my first method!
This time I covered the edges of the tray with painter’s tape before starting the grouting process.After the grout, with the tape still on. Grout always looks darker before it dries, so that’s why it looks different in the pictures below.Then it was time to remove the tape and paint the tray.
So there you have it: Another elephant tray…
…that may never make it to the guest room!