Every Christmas I get another cheapo rough wood tray filled with nuts and dried fruit as a gift basket. And every year I make over that tray to look pretty.
I use a super simple way to transfer the image onto my piece. Very simple but a bit time consuming... Here's how I do it using just the image, a pencil and markers.
The last two trays I did turned out like this:
(click on these 2 photos for more details)
This year I wanted another French graphic (all of these are from The Graphics Fairy website)
I liked the grey/blue tray colour that I achieved last year, so I combined a creamy white base with the grey to get a weathered, vintage look.
I painted the sides and back with an almost dry brush in grey and then lightly again in the creamy white of the base - just to add some streaks.
Then I painted the base of the tray in a single coat of the creamy white.
I printed my graphic in the largest size I could (this is 11x17) and scribbled all over the reverse side with HB pencil. You can also use pastels to scribble on the back.
Tape the image to the tray, trace over everything using a pen and then remove the paper image.
Trace over the pencil marks with Sharpies.
When finished, top coat with wax to protect the image. I used a dark wax for my tray. Love the way this looks!!!!!!
Here's Max all super impressed by my project:
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!