Before & DuringSo the project itself is a painted red tray with a border of white snowflakes. I picked it up for a prop to stage some Christmas items in my booth. I had the tray marked for a few bucks, but there weren't any takers, so I brought it home.
|Before: Red Christmas tray.|
I painted the tray with a thick coat of Country Grey for my base color and then sealed it with clear wax. Typically you don't need to seal between coats of paint, but the next step was going to get messy, so the wax will keep the first coat from fading and won't show the red underneath.
|Apply a thick base coat and seal the paint.|
Next I painted one solid coat of Duck Egg Blue.
|Applying Duck Egg blue.|
|Re-wet the paint with water.|
So the next photos give you an idea of the colors that I used for blending: a little bit of Louis blue, then Napoleonic blue for depth, and hints of Old Ochre for highlights.
|Napoleonic blue, Old Ochre, and Louis Blue were used for blending.|
|Use a brush to blend the colors. Or use your fingers. |
|Blended paint colors prior to waxing.|
|Applying dark wax to the side of the tray.|
AfterI didn't plan on adding a stencil, but I thought it needed a little something more. So I used a stencil I had on hand, "L'Auberge" (French for a hostel or inn). I dabbed on the wax with a lint free towel to seal the stencil.
|Tray painted with a combination of |
Napoleonic/Louis/Duck Egg blue and Old Ochre chalk paint
|Painted tray. Blended paints give the color dimension.|
Supply ListBelow are the supplies I used for this project. Some (not all) links are affiliate links which means I earn a (very) small commission (ha ha) if you make a purchase. It doesn't cost you extra, but it helps support the time and effort of maintaining the blog. Thank you for your support and understanding!
- Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan I used leftover paints that I had on hand: Country Grey, Duck Egg blue, Napoleonic blue, Louis blue, and Old Ochre. I finished with and wax (clear and dark). Click on the link to find where you can by her products from local stockists. Some stockists also ship via online orders!
- Small wax brush (alternatively you could use a lint free cloth to apply the wax). I have both a small and large wax brush, but if I had to choose only one I would go with the small brush. If you do a lot of projects then it's worth the investment to have both sizes.
- Stencil (The French Inn) by Decor Art
- Rub ' Buff metalic gold leaf. (You can buy this individually, but since I use it on many projects and like to have a variety of colors on hand, I purchased the 12 color sample package.)