Adding French Flavour to a Wood Tray

During the Christmas season, I  received a gift of a nut basket.  Only the "basket" was actually a wood tray.  It was just a cheapo dark stained wood tray that I instantly wanted to create something wonderful with.



I painted it basic white and it sat for a couple of months until I saw the perfect graphic from the Graphics Fairy  Click HERE for the graphic





 Love, love, love this!!!   

I knew I wanted this image on the tray.  I considered the different ways of transferring the image.  I don't like the mod podge method because it creates a bumpy surface and I don't want a bumpy surface on a tray that I plan to use.  So instead I scribbled all over the back of my printout with an HB pencil and I hand traced this onto my tray.

Then I went over the letters with Sharpies - an ultra fine point and a fine point.


 Very, very time consuming and I almost gave up a couple of times but oh, am I glad I kept going!!!

I left it to dry for a couple of days and then sanded the surface with a fine grit sanding sponge.  Then I waxed the tray with Minwax Dark Paste Wax to protect the surface.



TAH DAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!



How awesome is this?!!!  I am in love.

May all your projects work out as beautifully as this one did for me!!!



Cheers!

36 comments:

  1. Beautifully done Anne. Isn't it satisfying when a project turns out exactly as you envisaged.
    I'd love it if you'd consider linking your tray up at Shabbilicious Friday, where we embrace all that is shabby, French and vintage.

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  2. Nice that at the end of the process, you consider it worth the effort. Very rewarding. It's lovely.

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  3. Hi, Anne. This is gorgeous! Glad you kept at it with the Sharpies! Here comes a bad pun. It's tray chic!

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  4. Beautiful work of art Anne! Now when you pull that out with company over and they ask where did you buy that you can say.....well I made it thank you :-)
    xx
    Anne

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  5. Oh get out of town! That is absolutely BEAU!!!

    I know what you mean about throwing in the towel on those letters! I made several huge signs recently and can someone say CARPAL TUNNEL? Yikes! But once they're complete....oh so sweet!

    Oh and I'm SO not surprised that you went home with the tray. Who wants a nut basket when you can LIVE LIKE ONE!?
    XO

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  6. I don't blame you for grabbing that tray, Anne- you made it so pretty and romantic. I love French graphics, and Karen has the best. You have much more patience than I, to do all that work by hand!

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  7. Your stick to it determination really was worth it; it's lovely, Anne. Good on ya girl.

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  8. That is gorgeous Anne, you did a wonderful job on it, love how you styled it too!

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  9. Oh la la! Beautiful Parisian breakfast!

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  10. So pertty Anne! I am going to try this myself, thank you for the inspiration. Your photos are lovely too!

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  11. So pretty Anne! I just love it! I have a tray makeover in the works too ...

    :) Linda

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  12. I love it! Thanks for sharing. Blessings from your neighbor to the south, Patti@OldThingsNew

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  13. Anne ... so glad you did not give up on that piece. It is lovely and you did an excellent job of penning in all those fancy letters. I don't think I could have done it. Would take a steady hand, which I do not have. Thanks for sharing the idea ... I have several trays that need something.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  14. Another makeover masterpiece, Anne! I'm in love with this tray, and the vignette you created. Your persistence paid off. So pretty.

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  15. Great job! I love that you ended up tracing the letters...not much fun, but the hand lettering gives it that much more charm. It's just beautiful Anne. Well done!

    Debbie

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  16. Love it! I recently took a Bombay photo tray and did the same thing, lightening it up with paint. Haven't done the graphic yet, but now you've inspired me to do something Parisian.

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  17. Oh, I love this tray~so pretty! I bet it was time consuming but oh la la~~ look at it now! Gorgeous.

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  18. Just lovely Anne, you've done a beautiful job with that tray!

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  19. Love the way this turned out! ...thinking about copying it!

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  20. I've used the same transfer method before...the redneck version...and it is very time consuming but worth it. I think it looks better than modpodge, personally.

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  21. well that turned out great!!! I have an old tray and I was gonna just chalk paint it...never even thought about this..thanks for sharing

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  22. Love your tray! I just used the same method on this bench a couple of weeks ago but used sidewalk chalk instead of pencil. SO SO time consuming. And I used chalk paint which dried the Sharpie so fast. I'd love for you to check out mine! Great job!!
    http://iknowtheplansihave4you.blogspot.com/2013/02/labor-of-love-bench-redo.html?m=1

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  23. Great job! I'm not nearly crafty enough to even think of something like that let alone do it....

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  24. Really, really beautiful! I found you at the Inspire Me Please link party--thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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  25. I have being eying that Paris image looking for a special place to put it. Your tray is perfect. I love not only that it is it pretty, it is practical.

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  26. Nice job! I love making over ugly trays, and I love how your turned out!

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  27. Such a pretty tray and it looks super easy! :)

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  28. Un laborioso y bello trabajo.
    Un abrazo¡

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  29. oohh la la Anne-- love it! I have one I'm about to do... I might use this technique.
    catching you!
    gail

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  30. You know I love sharpie DIY's!! Gorgeous tray! Pinning this to the group pinboard for It's party time linky party! Thanks for sharing :D

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