This is the tray I saw at Target. I embarrassed my oldest son by whipping out my camera to take pictures of several items in the line. Every time I do that he whines "WHAT are you doing?" Ha! Hey, kid, I can't help when inspiration strikes!
Here is my knock off. Pretty close, right? Would you believe I didn't paint any of the numbers?
Apply more pressure to wear more color away as desired, but don't rub too hard or you might take the whole thing off!
I kept a spray bottle with water next to me so I could mist my wash cloth and continue.
As a final step, I mixed a few drops of alcohol ink with Mod Podge to seal my project. I wanted a matte finish, and I wanted my tray to look "old" (the white was too clean looking), and this is another trick I like to use. After I mix the Mod Podge and ink (I used Ranger Ink's Caramel) to the color I like, I brush it on, more in some places than others, to get a streaky "dirty" look.
I absolutely love my new tray and can't wait to use it! This may not have been a very fast tutorial, but I hope you'll agree that it is frugal and looks fabulous! Who doesn't love a good knock off?
To learn how to use this technique to transfer vintage images, please visit this post.
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