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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Frenchy Tray Redo Tutorial




I showed you my tray redo and vignette on Table Top Tuesday.  I thought I would show you how easy it was to do.
I started with an inexpensive tray that I've had for a while.  I love the shape and size of this tray, but the bright white just doesn't work in my house.  I showed you this first part in a previous post.

 After a light sanding, I sprayed on a couple of light coats of a pretty yellowy/gold color.

 When it was dry I gave it a good sanding for some age.

 I used Minwax Walnut stain and applied a light coat and then wiped it off. Not enough, so I gave it some more.

I left as much as possible in the carving for contrast.



The Graphics Fairy has tons of labels, signs and pictures to choose from.  I found this French Chocolate label and thought it was perfect.  I printed it out to the size I wanted.

I then burned the edges to give it an older look.

I covered the back of the label with mod podge and glued it to the center of the tray.  Make sure to smooth out any bubbles.  I used a soft rag to make sure the entire piece and all the edges were glued down well.

After it was dry, I wiped on a couple of coats of glaze ( that I mixed a little chocolate paint into ) all over the piece and the back of the tray.  This gave it a little more of an aged look.  That was it.  The glaze sealed it and didn't give it too much shine, just a soft glow, so the piece still looks aged.

I love the new look.  Fun to make something new out of something you already have.



So many of you have asked about my grandson.  He is doing well.  He has started his rehab trying to move and bend his legs at the knees and ankles.  He is a real trooper and working hard to be able to get it all moving again.  Thanks for your continued prayers.

I am joining the following parties:
Swing Into Spring @ DIY by Design
Power of Paint @ Domestically Speaking
The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursday
French Cupboard for French Inspiraton Thursday
No Minimalist Here for Open House Thursday
My Cottage Charm for Treasures and Trinkets Thursday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Southern In My Heart for Inspiration Friday

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits.

58 comments:

  1. Wow, yes that is absolutely beautiful! I LOVE going through my things and finding new ways to use them. And, like you, I will purchase something for the shape even if the color is not quite right - that's what paint is for!! :)

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  2. Marty fantastic job on that tray, I LOVE IT!! I really need to go and check out the graphics fairy, looks like they have some great stuff. Martina

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  3. Marty, that turned out beautiful. I love the color you used and the stain gave it that nice worn look.

    Glad to hear your grandson is doing well!

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  4. This goes so great in your kitchen, Marty! Although, I think it would work in any of your rooms. I agree, it is great to redo something you already have; give it a new life and look.

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  5. I love it Marty! I love doing stuff like this. In fact I have used that very same graphic and have burned the edges too..it still looks cool after a year. I love the color yellow you used too.

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  6. Marty, that turned out beautifully!! I love it ... the glazing really does age it so well. Perfect addiction to your vignette! *Becca*

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  7. Love the tray, great redo. So glad to hear your grandson is do so well.

    Have A God Filled Day
    Shirley

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  8. I absolutely love the tray!! Nice job!

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  9. Love the tray Marty. It looks wonderful in your kitchen.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  10. That really came out amazing. I love the image from the Graphics Fairy. I hope you stop by and link up this post to my party.

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  11. I sooo love this! I love that you burned the edges. That must be scary. I would probably burn the whole thing!
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  12. Paint and Mod Podge are two of my best friends.

    I'm liking this!!

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  13. I love the yellow and it looks like a fifty dollar piece!

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  14. Your tray is beautiful. Funny, I just did a tray with that same graphic, but mine is a rather plain tray that needed sprucing up. Yours had beautiful legs to being with!

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  15. Hi Marty, Beautiful result and it looks very high end. Love the tray.
    Thanks in advance for sharing this at my party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  16. I have the perfect tray waiting for a similar paint job. Thanks for the idea.

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  17. that really looks great Marty.. I love it..
    thanks so much for the tutorial..

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  18. I LOVE this!! Coming from Kims

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  19. Marty I love that tray! What a great idea, with the burnt edges it looks antique. Nice job!

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  20. I'm really glad you posted this. I had no idea how the things looked when printed from the Graphics Fairy or how to use them. This helps! Thanks!

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  21. Love love love the tray Marty!!

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  22. Marty,
    Thank you for the update on your grandson! I know he has a long road ahead to recovery, but each phase and step are getting him closer to the final finish line! Just the same as when he was in training. Your tray is lovely and I adore the after look. Thanks for sharing.
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  23. Wow, wonderful job! I love it. Very creative. I have a white tray too that I'm having trouble fitting in. Great idea! Your technique worked beautifully..thanks for the step by step tutorial.

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  24. Marty, you are just sooo clever! That looks like something that would cost a lot in a gift store. Love this idea. laurie

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  25. I really like how you redid the tray!
    It's looks so nice in your kitchen, too!
    Blessings,
    Janet

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  26. Marty, thanks for sharing the details. Your little Frenchy tray looks great. It's perfect for your kitchen. ~ Sarah

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  27. It looks wonderful!! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  28. You are my inspiration!
    Thanks for sharing your how to's!

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  29. Really nice!
    Thanks for sharing how to

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  30. What a very pretty tray -- what a transformation!!!! How clever of you!

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  31. Thanks so much for sharing at my Swing into Spring party. If you get a chance could you let me know exactly how you burned the edges so perfectly. Thanks.

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  32. Marty, This tray transformation is a treasure! What a gorgeous tray. You really saw that old tray through creative eyes. You saw what could be, and that takes such vision.
    I love the color and the wear you worked into the tray, as well as the frenchy sign.
    I am going to try this too. I have so much in my basement that could be given a beautiful new life.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration.
    WOW! Kudos to you!
    Yvonne

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  33. Beautiful work! I never would have thought to paint it yellow.

    Kelly

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  34. Hi Marty-

    You have such a nice way of mixing and arranging things. I love the way you accessorized your counter with your new painted and galzed tray. It looks like something you would buy at a cute little home boutique. The sunflower is making me crave warm weather- Hopefully it will arrive soon.
    My best-Diane

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  35. Marty,
    Thanks so much for the tutorial. I love the way the stain accentuates the details on the trim!
    Glad to hear that rehab has started! You know I am a Rehab nurse????

    HUgs,
    Debbie

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  36. You've done it again, Marty! Your vignette looks great with your frenchy tray re-do.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Gail

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  37. Marty, do you print out the graphics from the Graphics Fairy on regular copy paper or cardstock? Or does it matter? Love your tray!

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  38. Sharon, I just printed it on regular paper. As you can see she already had a background color of beige with the label. I hope you find some thing there, she has so much to choose from and they are all wonderful. Hugs, Marty

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  39. Marty, that looks so good and great tutorial. I need to get my printer working correctly. Thanks for sharing this at WUW!

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  40. I love the color the tray ended with after the staining. The label is just wonderful! I love that she has so many to chose from.

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  41. Love Graphics Fairy art --- your tray turned out so very nice!!! Love it!

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  42. Marty, I had to drop by again and say thank you for linking to my party. You were one of my very first followers and you have continued to support my blog. I am deeply appreciative of your friendship and support.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  43. Hi Marty! :) Your tray is so beautiful..you did a lovely job! Thanks so much for linking up to my party..I'm really glad you did. :)
    Prayers for your grandson, hope he continues to improve!
    Hugs to you friend
    missy :)
    PS...thanks for your sweet words about all my bday guys..they do enjoy sharing all the bday hoopla together! :)

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  44. Hey, Marty! I loved your tray the first time I saw it but now it's even better! That color is just beautiful and the graphics are perfect!

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  45. That is a beautiful piece! I would never guess that it was so easy to do. Marvelous job!!

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  46. Hi Marty~ Love how this tray came out! The color yellow is perfect for your kitchen -so sunny and warm and the graphic is just darling- love it! Thanks so much for sharing this at FNF! Hugs, Courtney

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  47. Hi Marty~ Love how this tray came out! The color yellow is perfect for your kitchen -so sunny and warm and the graphic is just darling- love it! Thanks so much for sharing this at FNF! Hugs, Courtney

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  48. I love to repurpose things too. Your tray turned out beautiful, the yellow with the glaze over it did the trick!
    Jodie

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  49. Thanks for linking up Marty!
    Sherry

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  50. Hi Marty! That tray is absolutely gorgeous! We have a French boutique downtown and I would imagine they would charge an arm and a leg for that. It looks so beautiful in that vignette and we are always so thrilled when you link something up to Inspiration Friday!
    Blessings,
    Vanessa

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  51. So sweet, and such an easy re-do!! Great job...

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  52. Love what you did with this tray! It looks GREAT!

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