I found a discarded tray.
There wasn’t anything wrong with it.
It just wasn’t my style.
So I decided to change it up a bit.
I am sort of loving my little French Serving Tray.
Here is the tray that I found.
See it’s cute – just not my style.
It took me weeks to convince myself it was okay to change it.
To make it useful – for me.
The bottom of the tray had four little ball feet
and a lovely scalloped edge detail that goes all the way around.
I love French script and so I went to the
Graphics Fairy where I found this.
The French Ribbon Frame Printable Transfer.
I know it is backwards – I will explain.
But first I needed to prepare my serving tray.
I wiped it all down with Windex and let it dry completely.
I used Glidden Flat Paint
The first can of paint is called a DUO - it is a paint and a primer in one,
and I wanted the primer just incase the previous paint
color might want to bleed through.
I used the color Pebble Gray.
This is what it looked like after the primer was applied.
Then I applied the Glidden Crisp Linen White paint.
Now for the fun part.
So I went to The Graphics Fairy
and read all about the different ways to get
the graphic onto my tray and I decided on the
wax paper method.
I thought it was going to be a beast
to get the graphic printed onto the wax paper
but I was successful the first try.
I printed the graphic out and then enlarged it to 140%
I do have an 11 x 17 printer – something I am grateful for.
I then cut the wax paper the same size as the copy paper
and folded it around the paper and taped it down on the opposite side
and placed it in the printer.
And that’s it! I had my transfer!
I then took that piece of wax paper and removed it from the paper,
turned it upside down
onto my tray and taped it into place.
The transfer is backwards – a mirror image
because you are applying in reverse
so when you read it you will be reading it correctly.
Then I got out a credit card and a spoon and rubbed
the black ink onto my tray and off of the wax paper.
Don’t rub to hard because it can tear.
Note: you do have to use an ink jet printer, not a laser printer.
This is what it looked like when the rubbing was done
which was about 3 minutes – top!
I know it is a little fuzzy right!
So I got out a standard black Sharpie with an ultra fine point
and started going over it all.
In the end I also touched up some of the places
where you can see the black streaks beyond the transfer with the white paint.
I tried to use an eraser but it did nothing.
This is the final product.
And here is a close up of the transfer itself.
It is a bit tedious going over everything with the Sharpie
but I like tedious details – I know – I am weird like that.
So the tools you need for this project are as follows
Something you want to apply a tansfer to.
Windex and paper towel
Pair of scissors.
Spoon or a credit card.
Paint, Paint Brush, Paint Stirrer, Can Opener
An ink jet printer.
A transfer in reverse.
Black Sharpie with an ultra fine print.
I do still need to apply a sealer over it all
I just haven’t gotten to that just yet.
I really like how this turned out and