Full View - Tea Tray Table

Base - Tea Tray Table

How sweet is this little gem! The lamp base is made of Chalkware; I think. I found it at an auction, and since it was damaged, I got it for $4.00.

The damaged areas were fairly easy to repair with just a little bit of paint. I used the dry brush technique to blend in the colors, then applied a light coat of burnt umber.

To seal the pedestal and give it a more uniform appearance, a coating of Dresden Clear Glaze was applied.

Top - Wicker Tray with Metal Handles

The top is a little wicker tray, with twisted metal handles, which I found at a yard sale. It was a little sun faded, so I applied a couple of coats of mahogany stain. I then highlighted it with a Rub n' Buff tint.

The handles were freshened up with some jade, and gold leaf Rub n' Buff tint.

Support - Metal Lamp Shade Rim
The support, which holds the tray, is a metal lamp shade rim. To raise the tray up a little, I used a lamp rod extender, covering it a lamp spacer. A nut & brass lamp cap was then used to secure the metal rim.


The paint used was Folk Art Acrylics. This paint is fabulous! It is so rich & creamy. It can be found at any craft store, or the Walmart craft department.

The Dresden Clear Glaze, used to seal the pedestal, is made by Design Master. This product is not easy to find, however, after some searching, I did find it at Joann Fabric & Craft Online Store.

Rub'n Buff is the tint that was used on the tray handles. Rub'n Buff, by Amaco, is magical! Most Craft Stores only carry the silver & gold, but there are many more wonderful colors/tints available.

The following are some Online suppliers I have located:
This place has great prices.
The prices are very good, and they also have many other unique supplies. I plan to spend a little more time checking out this site.
Their prices here are not discounted, however, they do have a very good selection. Also, this is the only place I have ordered from. I plan to try the other places listed, and will update this page when I have more information.

If you have never tried the Rub n' Buff products, you are missing out on a "Golden" opportunity. This product, combined with Folk Art Paint, can turn very plain and ordinary, or worn items into real "Gems & Jewels".

When you use the Rub n' Buff, it works best to apply it with you finger. The product has a wax base, so body heat helps make the paint transfer more evenly.

Lamp Parts
The brass lamp cap can be found in the lamp section of your Lowes, Home Depot or local Hardware Store.

The spacer used, was from another lamp, however, it can also be found in the lamp section of your Lowes, Home Depot or local Hardware Store.

The lamp shade metal rim was from another lamp, however, this type of item can be found at Lamp shops or Online.

One source is:

I have not ordered from Jalane's, but they do have many "hard to find" lamp parts.

Ways to use old Lamp Parts:






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