Monday, March 4, 2013

What's the Menu?

Recently I have been repainting a few rooms with my Best Guy's help.
Well, if truth be told,
 he is painting for me and I do the cutting in of the paint all around the room.
It works, and we are a team when it comes to redesigning and upgrading our cottage.
We painted every room in the house over the last year and finished with the kitchen last week.
The fun begins when  the decorating starts.
One area I love to showcase is above the cabinets.
I had a very large metal tray found at a local antique  mall just waiting for a little redo.
This tray measure about 20" round.
Perfect for the area above the cabinets to fill in and
decorate around.
But look at it~~
Not what I want to view each day.
So a coat of paint is in order.
I gave it a coat of the glass and tile medium which I have shared here many times.
This step gives the surface some tooth for the paint to adhere.
The black paint is for the design.
After the background painting,
I decided on a wonderful graphic
I made a copy,
placed in on the tray,
Using graphite paper and a stylus,
 I traced the design all around.
Then painted the design by hand.
Sometimes I love to do this over the easier versions.
It gives a hand painted look and is really a lot of fun.
If you remember the graphic above, it had the shading lines included.
At this point,
 I could have painted those lines too, but I floated the shading instead.
This is a term and technique used to bring a shadow to the design.
Now the edge needs a little something too.
So I hand painted black and white checks all around with light sienna shading.

Here is the tray now on the top of the cabinets with a black and white rooster.
Another project crossed off the list.
 for always sharing the best designs to create with.
Have a great day.
Happy Creating!
and don't forget the Dress Form Ball coming next Monday the 11th of March over at Carol's
 See you soon!
Celestina Marie


Jan Hermann said...

That's so pretty and all painted, designed and created on a not-so-pretty tray! You're terrific, Celeste and oh so talented!

Jan ♥

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Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Love your tray - you did any excellent job. Looks so good where you have it with the black and white rooster.

Old Time Cindy said... it. I don't have a steady hand to do work like that. It's truly special.
Farmhouse hugs,

Betty said...

I love it. A beautiful idea.

Unknown said...

A great and creatve project...please Dear Celestina can you visit my new blog?I'm Lilybets and you will find a surprise there!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I LOVE it, Celeste! I've used that Menu graphic myself; I love it. Love the checks ~ I love black and white in checks and a harlequin pattern. You've turned it into a great looking accessory!

Shirley said...

Good Morning Celestina, I absolutely love your black and white tray. If you ever need to find it a new home, it could come to my house. Just teasing. It looks stunning with your rooster along side of it. Have a wonderful day. I hope you have warm weather, Ours we might reach 40 degrees today with rain possibly turning to snow. Hugs and Prayers from your Missouri Friend.

Unknown said...

Love what you have done with this tray!
hugs Alyson x

Donna said...

Wow, what a transformation, Celestina! You would never guess that it's the same tray! Love love love the menu graphic, it was the perfect choice! Tres chic!!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

I LOVE it! I have this graphic in my file just waiting to be used! I love what you did with it! The checked border is perfect.

Dorthe said...

OH it looks so elegant now, in the all white/black pattern, and the checked border .I`m admirering your painting on free hand ,after just sketching the letters, it is beautiful, dear Celestina Marie.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,
You did an incredible job here! With the rooster it is a match made in heaven.
Hugs to you,

NanaDiana said...

Holy Cuteness! You did a wonderful job with that- Amazing make over. I love it- xo Diana

Pendra said...

I just purchased a big tray at the dollar store and I see a menu sign in my future, this is soooo cute! I like how you side loaded and shaded instead of the little lines, looks great! Congrats on your buckets being Featured... I adored them as well and went out this week and got the Glass and Tile medium! Thanks for sharing!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Celestina, I am thinking of the treasures I have passed up, because I haven't thought of doing something like that with them. (Of course, I probably wouldn't be able to pull it off if I did try.) That turned out so cute. You are just too clever. laurie

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

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cynthia lee designs said...

The plate looks great!! I have a wooden orange plate that I want to paint something I just to to figure out what it is that I want to paint on it.

Ruth Welter said...

I love this piece pretty and once again, so creative. Don't know how you think of these things.


Miss Val's Creations said...

Wonderful job!!! The plate looks so beautiful! The menu graphic from The Graphics Fairy is very cool.

Linda M. said...

Celestina, Very pretty up-cycling. It looks easy enough until you get to the part where you hand paint the black Menu words. It takes a steady and talented hand to get such a beautiful result. Thanks for your inspiration. Joyous Wishes, Linda

Kadee Willow said...

I have to say that cutting in is the hardest part of painting! Requires such a steady hand. But you do have that as seen in this project with hand painting the lettering and then doing the shadowing... it turned out beautifully! You do the same thing I do... buy something and instantly want to change it up. Just love that!!

1CardCreator said...

Wow, this is gorgeous Celeste! It really came out beautifully! How did you ever figure out how to space the squares on the border so they worked out so perfectly? I am both amazed and baffled by it, if I had done it they would not have worked out that way ha ha! Another 1 of a kind amazing piece! ~Diane

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

I love visiting the Graphics Fairy, and you have put her offerings to such wonderful use! I love the black and white, and the checks just ties it together beautifully! Cant wait to see never fail to inspire us!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG, look at you with the reminder for the ball...You are WAY to nice...Thank you! You blow me away, with your painting skills...I was almost with you until you got to the checkers...Nope, no could do, you are amazing!


Shane Pollard said...

Oh Celestina
what fun you've been having!!
Well not the painting (laborious) but the titivating that you do so well.
It's fun having a make-over and what a transformation to your tray!
Thank you my dear I'm inspired!
Smiles and hugs
Shane ♥

My Vintage Life said...

I love this! You brought life to a plain plate! Very pretty!

Jillayne said...

All I can say is "Wow"! This is beautiful, and yet you make it sound so simple - I think you have a wonderfully steady hand, and an amazing eye for design - that border you chose to paint is perfect!
I always love your redecorating posts - so inspiring.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Truly amazing! I admire your skill and patience! Love the design you chose.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

P.S. I meant to thank you for the good wishes on my new shop space. Thanks so much!

Ingeborg van Zuiden said...

How clever you are Celeste! Lovely!!

farmhouse-story said...

you have such a wonderful talent of giving new life to old things, celestina:) the shading is awesome!

Unknown said...

Celeste this looks amazing. You make it look easy, but I don't even think I could stamp those lovely checks no less create perfect calligraphy.

So lovely as always.


Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love it! Very creative and thrifty of you too. Great job.

Red Rose Alley said...

I can't believe you made this! I love the writing that is on the "MENU", and the black and white checkered design around the plate also. It looks just right next to your rooster, which I love too, by the way. I have always liked the combination of black and white - it is so pretty together. I love to decorate, which is a passion of mine, but I haven't created much lately. After seeing this project, it inspires me to do so. Happy weekend,
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your platter turned out fabulous and looks perfect on top of your cabinet! I love the checkerboard border.

Unknown said...

Oh youre just so artsy! Im loving that plate! Thanks for showing us how!


Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hi Celeste!

What a great tray makeover! I get such good ideas from you. I've got to get some graphite paper. I love to hand paint and have often hand drawn a Graphics Fairy design on my piece the hard way. DUH! It looks great on your display area.
The match box from your prev post is amazing! Such a nice spring look.
I received my clear Copic marker and am now ready to try some transfers like you showed us. Will let you know how I do.

Much love to you and your hubby!

Carole said...

Celestina Marie, what a beautiful job you did and I love how gorgeous the tray turned out.I've not tried using graphite paper but I will definitely get some. Have a wonderful week end my friend. Carole

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie.

Always wonderful to come and visit and see what gorgeous creations you are doing. I love the new look to your tray, and thanks for sharing how you did this.
Hope that you are having a wonderful weekend and good luck with the painting.


Ruth Welter said...

A gorgeous plate Celeste, again, your creativity amazes me.

I always find that too, painting walls in teams works best. Not one of my all time favorite jobs so it is great to work with someone else and get the whole mess done as quickly as possible. :)

Have a creative week..enjoy.


Anonymous said...

Genius! And it suits my kitchen perfectly since I have kept my kitchen and baths black and white in my new home. I love it!

Unknown said...

Celeste! I love the sign! It looks perfect. I cant wait to see your kitchen redo!!
Love and hugs,

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..