Easy French Graphic Tray Makeover

Another day,another tray makeover...

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)






and this:





The tray started out looking like this:



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!!!!!!


Tea, anyone??


Here's Max all super impressed by my project:

whatever...

Cheers!


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!!




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37 comments:

  1. Anne this is beautiful. OMG Max and his facial expressions. Gotta love him. He is so so cute. Happy New Year my friend.
    Kris

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  2. I love how dark the graphic turns out with the sharpies, Anne. Your tray's a stunner! Beautiful!

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  3. Beautiful trays:-) I like the graphic you chose for the trays. I use it to decorate my cupboard:-)
    Happy New Year:-)

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    1. Thank you so much! Happy New Year!

      xo

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  4. Such a simple idea but it looks so good. Wishing you a Happy new Year and looking forward to see more of your wonderful projects in 2016! Sarah x

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  5. WOW- looks awesome, Anne! And Max just stole my heart- looks like a cousin of my sweet Romeo. Oh how I miss him- your kitty is beautiful!

    Happy New year! Hugs! ♥♥♥

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  6. It is lovely! That is how I usually transfer too but then use paint. I'll have to give the Sharpies a try.

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  7. I love how they have all turned out Anne! It's like a Christmas tradition, lol!

    Tania

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  8. Turned out beautifully. What a simple transfer technique with a lot of wow factor. Love the paint colors you used, too!! Happy New Year Anne xo

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  9. Turned out beautifully. What a simple transfer technique with a lot of wow factor. Love the paint colors you used, too!! Happy New Year Anne xo

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  10. Ann this is beautiful! I have never tried this technique before but I sure will in the future. Happy new year to you! xo

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  11. 2016, congratulations! !
    We will bless that visit your great year.

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  12. Boxes placed around the house might keep Max adventured out enough to use up some of his boundless energy. He sure looks comfortable in the box, superior, yes, but settled, also. I really love reading about his adventures. I see a book in your future.

    The trays are all beautiful.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. I'm sure you're right and omigosh is he ever stir crazy these days! Thanks so much Frances. Happy New Year!

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  13. Love it Anne. That's the way I learned to do it in art class way back when. Max is beautiful and what a nice home he has. xoxo Su

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  14. This is my favourite one so far and well worth the effort of transferring the image. Thanks for the link to the Graphics Fairy images. I am already dreaming up ideas of how to use them. Happy new year Anne!

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  15. You are so good at transferring images to your trays. Of course, being an artist and having a steady hand helps. My hand is not that steady, but I think I did one that was not too bad. Always enjoy seeing your projects.
    Happy New Year.
    Audrey Z.

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  16. What an improvement on the plain tray! Hope you have a creative 2016.

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  17. Hi Anne,
    Love how you transformed such a plain tray into something beautiful!
    Max is supervising! Or perhaps he is waiting for you to serve his breakfast on one of those beautiful trays? ;)
    Happy New Year!!
    Hugs, Kimberley

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  18. Oh, Anne, your trays are beautiful. I am going to pin your tutorial, but I'm not sure mine will turn out as pretty as yours.

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  19. I love the way this turned out, Anne. Pinned it so I'll remember how you did the transfer. Graphics Fairy is the best! xo ~ Nancy

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  20. What would we do without the Graphics Fairy! Your tray is so pretty Anne, one that you wouldn't want hidden away in a cupboard like the others.

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  21. Happy New Year my dear and I LOVE the tray and PINNING. Trying this method for sure. Max just cracks me up.

    Cindy

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  22. Great make-over Anne and what a cutie that Max is. I'm delighted to be featuring your post on Shabbilicious Friday tomorrow.

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  23. Love, love the tray and thanks for the tutorial.....Karen certainly does have the best graphics....and Karen is a sweetheart of a lady!!

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  24. Love the transformation Anne, this one of my favorite graphics from The Graphics Fairy.
    Pinning to my Frenchified board on Pinterest and sharing the love.
    Diana

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  25. Well I don't know which I love more - the tray or Max in the box - but I love them both !
    I've used that graphic before - the Graphics Fairy is pretty incredible - haven't been by in a long time !
    XOXO

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  26. I have an unfinished tray makeover lying in the living-room right now. You've inspired me to finish it! Yours is so great!

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  27. I pinned this and I was just thinking today that I have a try that I can makeover. It's a small square, but a perfect size to try on.

    Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

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  28. Hi. Could you please tell me what Sharpers are?

    Thanks

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    1. Hi Mizé! Sharpies are permanent markers - see here https://www.sharpie.com/

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  29. Anne,

    Max is so cute!

    I love your tray. I did this technique YEARS ago, but then never again. Now I'm wondering why.... You did a fabulous job on that tray, and who doesn't love a great graphic from Karen! :)
    thanks for linking up to Talk of the Town, you're my pick for the week!

    gail
    ps pinning!

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  30. Anne,

    Max is so cute!

    I love your tray. I did this technique YEARS ago, but then never again. Now I'm wondering why.... You did a fabulous job on that tray, and who doesn't love a great graphic from Karen! :)
    thanks for linking up to Talk of the Town, you're my pick for the week!

    gail
    ps pinning!

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  31. What an excellent project to customize a ho hum tray. It looks wonderful. And Max is the most precious kitty.

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    1. Thanks so much Debra! (and Max agrees with you!)

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