My middle son has been receiving bacon gifts for the last couple of years...wild and unusual bacon gifts...bacon popcorn, bacon gum, a bacon-shaped pillow, bacon band-aids, bacon-flavored toothpaste...well, you get the idea!!
What does that have to do with today's post? Nothing really :) Except that when I was searching for a graphic to use on my tray and saw this pig, I knew it would be perfect in my kitchen! And my boys might even appreciate it!
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I recently posted my chalk-painted silver trays. In that post, I showed you how easy it is to antique inexpensive trays with chalk paint and furniture wax.
During a run to the thrift store this week, I came across another silver-plated tray, this one large, rectangular and heavy.
I painted the tray a custom blue, attempting to match my blue and white dishes...but I wasn't thrilled with the results. So I dry-brushed some white chalk paint on. The color was much softer and more distressed looking, but it still looked too plain.
A graphic is what it needed. And this is where the pig came in. I found the pig graphic over at The Graphics Fairy.
The full size PDF was too large for my purposes so I resized it to fit a regular 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper and printed it out.
HOW TO PAINT A GRAPHIC USING A SHARPIE
Print graphic onto regular copy paper and make sure it fits your tray
Rub the back of the graphic with pencil or dark chalk
Use frog tape to secure image to tray. It's gentle on painted surfaces
Trace over the printed image with a pen or sharp pencil to transfer it to the tray
Now use a black Sharpie to repeat this step, directly on the tray
The words were the most difficult part of the graphic because I had to be more precise with them, but, having done this technique with a paintbrush as well, I have to say that the Sharpie is definitely easier. And here is my painted tray, all finished.
PIN it for future reference!
The vintage graphic adds a farmhouse feel to my painted tray. The blue tray with white brush strokes now looks a little like an old, chippy tray that's been around for years, and is well-used!
I'm not sure yet if I'll antique it with dark wax or not. I'm going to live with it as it is for now and decide later.
UPDATE: as I'm using this tray for decor purposes only, I have not applied any wax to it.
Mmmm,and now I'm craving bacon!
I'd love to know if you try this project and what you think about using a Sharpie to 'paint' a graphic.
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