What to do with a vintage metal tray? Make it your own style!
In this case, I used an antiquing method to add a little French flair in the kitchen.
This heavy old tray came from a thrift shop. It had charm, but I disliked the decor decal.
With the idea of turning it into a French antique tray, I cleaned and sanded it. Then printed out some graphics to decoupage onto it.
For raised scroll work, I swirled on some white glue all around the decoupaged prints.
Then painted the glue and the rest of the tray with white acrylic paint. I lightly painted over the graphics to blend with the glue work.
After the paint dried, applied a clear coat in polycrylic.
Then rubbed on wood stain.
Where the stain didn't take over the glue, I painted on dark brown acrylic paint to finish the antique process.
The final results.
The sides and back of the tray remained original... a rusty patina.
It's "artsy-craftsy" wall decor, but the technique can be applied to numerous subjects. Maybe on furniture, mirror/picture frames, boxes, trunks, reclaimed wood, cans, scrap metal, cardboard... so many options!