Who’s up for a thrifty makeover today?? Always, right? Me too! Awesome friends, today I’m continuing through my Winter thrifty haul with this tray I picked up for $5.25 at the thrift store:
It’s actually pretty darned cute as is, don’t you think?
It felt a bit too festive for everyday use to me though, so I set out to give it a look that could work all year long. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I think I managed to accomplish that:
Anything I paint with my city’s name on it usually sells well for me.
To get this look, I started by painting the tray in two coats of Dixie Belle’s Fluff. Fluff is more of a vintage white, which I love.
While the paint was drying, I played around in Photoshop Elements to create a graphic I could use on my tray. You could use Microsoft Word if you have it or Pic Monkey, which is free. Another free site is Paint. net. Another option is to find something ready-made through the Silhouette Design Store if you have a Silhouette.
I opened my graphic in the Silhouette software and cut a “stencil” with my Silhouette Cameo.
I showed several years ago how I upload my own designs to cut with my Silhouette, but things look a little different as software has been updated over the years, so I thought I’d share again. Keep in mind that this is basically the only thing I ever use my Silhouette for, so my expertise is limited!
Skip ahead if you don’t need this how-to! 🙂
How to Cut your Own designs with your Silhouette
Here is how I import my own designs to create “stencils” with my Silhouette. This is using the latest software version 4.3. I apologize for these images being so small, but hopefully you’ll get the idea!
- After opening Silhouette’s software on my Mac, I click File, Open:
That is my 12″ X 24″ cutting mat on the screen. If your machine is set to use the 12″ x 12″ cutting mat that is included, that’s what you will see.
- Then I locate and click on my file and click Open to import it:
- My design opens in the Silhouette software:
- However, it is too large, so to make it smaller, I click on the corners of my image and left click and hold to drag it to the size I want:
You will be able to see the size your design will be along each side as you drag that corner. My tray is 18″ round, so I made mine about 18″X 18″.
- I line up my image where I want it to lay on the cutting mat (Anything off of the cutting mat on the screen will not cut.) and then when I am ready to print, I open the trace panel by clicking on the butterfly-looking button:
- Click Select Trace Area:
- Ten I left click, hold and drag to select the area I want to cut, and then choose I choose the trace style:
I always select the first option that will cut around both the outside and the inside of each letter.
- Click Print:
- Check the settings, mine always stay on Vinyl. Then click Print:
- And magically, it should start cutting your vinyl that you have loaded into your Silhouette. I actually use contact paper as it is cheaper. Even what I used for this project is contact paper in black that I found at The Home Depot.
- I use a 12″x 24″ cutting mat, which required me to change my mat settings. You can change the mat settings by going to the Page Setup tab:
- Then select the size mat you have:
I like the longer size because I can cut longer graphics.
If you’re whole graphic fits on your cutting mat, you’re all set. If your design is larger than the cutting mat like mine was, you will need to move your design and cut the rest.
- To do that, I use the undo button in the top menu to undo what selecting the tracing options had done:
- Then I move my design over by left clicking, holding and dragging it into place on the mat. I select what I want to cut the same way as outlined above:
When adding the stencil to my project, I line up all this pieces, in this case two, to make one large “stencil”:
You can overlap them if you wish, or in this case, I cut in between letters and lined the two pieces up next to each other.
You can use transfer paper, but I usually just peel the back off and go for it, then transfer all the center pieces like the center of the “A”s, etc to my project.
Next, I paint in the stencil with a small brush, brushing away from the edges as much as possible. I used Dixie Belle’s Manatee here:
After applying two coats, I immediately removed the contact paper:
I waited until the rest was dry before using this tool to remove all the little leftover pieces of contact paper.
I sanded with 220 grit sandpaper and sealed with Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat in Satin using their blue sponge applicator for most and this brush for the inside areas that were harder to reach with a sponge. The sponge is amazing for everything except inside corners, but it’s not often you have to seal something with inside corners!
It looks great with the Bombay Table I shared on Thursday!
The bottom of this tray was a bit rough, which gave the lettering the perfect weathered look when sanding…
I kept all the hardware in place and just painted right over it…
I love how this tray turned out! And, it can be used all year!
I used a similar graphic on a dresser that Jack and I teamed up on back in 2016…you my remember this one:
If not, you can see how it turned out HERE!
And I am starting to make a little dent this in this Winter haul!
If you missed anything so far, you an catch up below:
I’ll be back on Thursday sharing how I changed up the look of this lamp:
I had a request to use a color I’ve been wanting to try, so it is definitely out of my norm! See ya then!
UPDATE: See it HERE now!!
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