Fall has hit here in our little town. I can see the mountains from my craft room window and the trees are gorgeous!!! I love fall. Unfortunately, here in Utah it seems likes fall lasts about one week, and then the snow hits and we're freezing our patootskies off. OK, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but fall is seriously short around here. And I've got lots of spray painting to do before the snow flies. I had a few minutes of free time today, so I decided I'd better get cranking.
While I was working, I decided to do a little tutorial for ya. I love buying cheap trays from thrift stores and dollar stores, then spray painting them and using them in my home decor. I like adding vinyl lettering to mine, but you could also glue a monogram or set of vintage keys in the middle. The possibilities are endless. Use your imagination. And if you come up with a fabulous idea, make sure you let the rest of us know about it.
Start with a ceramic or metal tray. I used a metal tray from the dollar store.
Spray paint it with a few coats of antique white spray paint.
Let it dry completely, and you are ready to start antiquing.
I used craft paint that I watered down. It's cheap, and I already had it on hand. I wanted my finish rather dark, so I mixed brown and black paint together till I got the shade I wanted. It doesn't take a lot, just a few little squirts. I mixed mine in a paper cup with a popsicle stick.
Then I added water till the paint was thin, like ink. I poured some on a paper plate just so you could see how thin it is. See how it runs all over like ink? That's how you want it.
Immediately wipe it off with a soft rag. I used an old t-shirt that I cut up. I found that paper towels didn't work because they ripped and left pieces of fuzz everywhere. It should look something like this: