Do you have an old tray or platter that needs a new look? Want to create a one-of-a-kind design?
Here is an earth & budget-friendly thrift flip that you’re sure to love!
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Today, I am so excited to share a recent thrift store flip using a faux silver platter with you. This project involves three steps. Not only was this an easy project but it was fun to get creative & add a beautiful piece to my online shop’s inventory.
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Chosing your Decoupage Prints
This to me is my favorite part! I just love beautifully printed tissue paper or napkins! For this project, I want to keep the cost minimal and use items that I had on hand only. I decided to try to make my own prints to decoupage.
I chose a vintage French garden theme for this project. If you are interested in piecing together your own design you can use images from thegraphicsfairy.com & resize them on Canva.com. Canva.com is also a great resource for fonts so you can make your own text.
You can check out my How to Design & Print Decoupage Paper article for more details. If you prefer, you can purchase already printed tissue paper or napkins to use.
- Papers to decoupage
- Platter or tray (metal or wood)
- Mod Podge (32oz. matte finish)
- Chalk paint (linen white by Rust-oleum)
- Acrylic paint (that coordinates with your print)
- Small piece of fine-grit sandpaper
- Topcoat Sealer
- Small cloth or paper towel
- Paint drop cloth or cardboard
Let’s flip this thrift store find!
1. Time to paint
- Clean your platter
- Sand (fine grit) any imperfections or rough spots)
- Paint two coats of chalk paint (make sure each coat has a few hours to dry)
2. How to decoupage your prints
- Gather your papers for decoupage & cut out each piece.
- Lay down each piece of printed tissue paper on your tray how you want it.
- Remove all your tissue paper except your bottom layer.
- Start from one end of your tray adding a THIN coat of Mod Podge then laying down your paper and smoothing it with your fingers.
- Add each layer at a time using only thin coats. (Do not add a layer of Mod Podge to seal your tray until it’s completely dry or the ink may smear.)
3. How to create a layered aged distressed look
- On the decorative rim take a piece of fine-grit sandpaper folded over & run between your ridges or whatever design you have on your tray.
- Take a brush & dab it into the paint shade you have chosen to distress on your tray. Lightly add some around the edge of your decoupage.
- Lightly add some paint along the outside edge and between any cracks to bring the pattern out.
- Take a small damp cloth & wipe off areas where you’d like it lighter.
How to seal a painted metal tray
Allow your tray to completely dry overnight. Then add two coats of Mod Podge allowing them to dry between coats.
Tips & tricks
Take your time when layering your tissue paper prints. Using only a thin layer of Mod Podge to each piece.
Project conclusion & resale info
Total Cost: $5.99
tray: $3.99 & supplies: $2 (to cover the cost of colored printer ink) – I had all items on hand
Time: approx. 2 hours (drying time not included)
Listing price: $24.99
Pros: This project was both fun & easy.
Budget-friendly & eco-friendly using items on hand & from the thrift store
Cons: Paint & Mod Podge drying times.
Designing & printing the papers to decoupage required patience & time to complete.
Creative DIY Purpose was formally known as Simplified Family Living 🙂
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Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed this quick how-to flip post.
Please comment below & let me know if you have tried upcycling an old platter or tray before? Also if you ever tried printing your own decoupage paper?
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