I am addicted ok maybe borderline obsessed with graphic transfers. Ever since I made this Recipe Stand where I transferred a graphic using parchment paper I fell in love with this technique. For this Shabby Chic Tray I used the same parchment paper transfer technique. For this graphic or thousands of others make sure you check out The Graphics Fairy website. I used the search box and entered in the word “French” and this graphic as well as several others came up.
Now for the project. I got this silver tray from my grandma when she was moving out of her home and into an independent living facility. That happens to be one of her paintings to the left of the silver tray. Since I am not a silver person I wanted to create something that was more my style…and yes you guessed it shabby chic is more my style.
Chalk paint – I used Americana Deco Art Chalk Paint in Delicate
Paper cutter (optional)
I started out by cleaning the tray. Next I actually spray painted the tray in a yellow spray paint I had on hand. However I didn’t end up liking it so I reached for my chalk paint. I painted a couple coats then let it dry. While that was drying I gathered my supplies to create the graphic. I used a paper cutter to cut the parchment paper to 8 1/2 x 11 inches, the size of a regular piece of paper. Next I taped the parchment paper to the printer paper making sure to print on the smooth side of the parchment paper. Here is the link to the graphic on The Graphics Fairy. It is called French Typography – Flower Seller. Make sue to print the reverse image.
Once it is finished printing make sure to not touch the ink, because it will smear. I cut around the image, centered it, made sure the image is face down, and taped it in place on the tray. Next I took the end of a pen, made sure the tip is retracted back and I rubbed the end of the retracted pen on the parchment paper image. I used a firm grip and pressed hard on to the paper image, making sure to go back and forth and up and down over all the letters, symbols, etc. Now I think I have carpal tunnel…but it was worth it.
When I was almost finished with this part I decided that there was too much space left at the bottom. So I printed the same image again and cut out the wavy line under the word “Fleura”. Then I transferred it at the bottom to make the image “fill” up the tray better. I am really glad that I added the extra wave graphic at the bottom. It filled in the tray nicely.I liked how it was, but it was missing that aged look. Next I grabbed a paint brush, an old t-shirt, black paint and glaze. Then I mixed a 1:4 ratio paint to glaze. I painted the glaze mix on like this.