Antiqued Metal Tray

Antiqued Metal Tray

Redoing a vintage metal tray into an antiqued finish using a decoupage and stain technique.

What you need

Tray or similar item to use this idea on such as a can, box, jar, etc.
Desired print, antique photo, typography, etc.
Decoupage solution (white glue and water)
White glue
White chalk paint
Wood stain
Brown paint
Lacquer or clear coat


So moving on to projects on the back burner, I decided to do a decoupage and stain technique that I admire so much done by other artists.  This vintage metal tray is perfect for it. 

I printed out the designs and decoupaged them onto the cleaned off tray.


After it dried, I used white glue to make raised scroll work around the prints.
Adding white paint over the entire tray, I only lightly white washed over the print areas. 
Then added a light clear coat.


Then over that, a wood stain brushed on the entire surface.
After the stain dried, I applied a dark brown acrylic paint, smudging into the crevices.


Using dry brush technique over the whole tray, antiquing it.




Now I have a functional kitchen accent:  a magnetic memo board to hang.  


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