Monday, February 8, 2016

Tray Menu Sign

Have you started spring cleaning yet?
Recently as I was doing some spring cleaning,
I dusted this large tray turned Menu sign
and thought I would share it with you once again
and how I painted it with the word Menu.

Found at a local antique market,
I loved the large size to fill in space above my kitchen cabinets.

This tray measure about 20" round.
 I gave it a coat of glass and tile medium which I have shared here many times.
Metal primer can also be used
but I was out it so the glass and tile works just as well.
 This step gives the surface some tooth for the paint to adhere.
After applying the medium
it's best to let cure 24 hours before
The Glass and Tile medium is by Folk Art
along with the black paint that I used for the design.
After the background is painted with chalk paint in a light ivory,
  I made a copy of the menu graphic
 The Graphics Fairy
and traced it on the surface
using graphite paper.
and a stylus~
Next I
painted the design by hand.
Sometimes I love to do this over the easier versions of transferring.
It gives a hand painted look and is really a lot of fun and relaxing
a bit like adult coloring.
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.
Next, the edge needed a little something too.
So I hand painted black and white checks all around and added light sienna shading.
You know how I love checks~~

Here is the tray now on the top of the cabinets with a black and white rooster.

Thanks to The Graphics Fairy
 for always sharing the best designs to create with.

Have you painted anything lately??

I'm on to redesigning some bedroom pieces from the 1940's.
More about that soon.

Have a great day
 Happy Creating!


Anonymous said...

Hi Celeste! Oh, you're something else. This tray looks marvelous. I've never used any of these paints before but when I can I'd love to try! I love the graphic and you painted it just beautifully and of course it looks stunning with your Rooster!
Have a blessed week,
Shelia ;)

Stacey said...

I like a lot!! I bet it's perfect above the cabinets. It's so hard to figure out what goes up there.

Valerie-Jael said...

What a wonderful sign you have made, great transformation! But spring cleaning? What's that?! Hugs, Valerie

Unknown said...

Celestina Marie, Thanks for the tray painting lesson. You are an excellent teacher!

Unknown said...


Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Love it!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

How adorable is that Menu sign, my friend!?! You do such fabulous work and thank you for the tutorial on how you painted it. xo said...

Great idea, love the way it turned out!

craftyles said...

What a beautiful transformation. I really love the checked border. Do you paint all those little squares by hand? Such a pretty redo. I can't wait to see what you do with the deco furniture, Celeste.

Sue Kosec said...

Oh my ... you certainly have a steady hand!!!!!!!!!! The tray is beautiful and is such a nice touch up there with the rooster. Bet it makes you smile every time you look up.

Great job.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

I love it Celeste! it's amazing what that little shading does for it. You are so sweet to teach us the tricks of your trade!

Love & hugs, Edie

Nancy Chan said...

The Menu tray is very beautiful.

Linda Walker said...

I love this tray! You are so talented plus you make it sound so easy!!! Wish I had your artistic abilities!!!

Conniecrafter said...

Beautifully done, I especially like the shading that really gives it a great look!!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

It's a total WOW. I really think it looks incredible, I love it. Everyday I am still cleaning up the fine dust drifting upstairs from the basement renovation. Honestly Celeste it's been driving me crazy and I am crazy for keeping up with dusting and cleaning daily. Until the dust is no more this is my reality. Your menu platter looks impressive up on top of your cabinet. I can see you with a smaller blackboard on the counter top and you writing that day's menu. Have a creative week my friend.

Dorthe said...

No, Celeste, I haven`t painted much lately, a dew doll faces, :-) and I don`t know if I would ever be as brave, as to try the same you are doing here, and of which I have seen many other wonderful examples from your hands !!
The try looks now elegant, and wonderful.
Hug from Dorthe

Roosterhead Designs said...

Well this is gorgeous Celestina! I love to see your unique and signature items! I have Not done any painting lately; but do enjoy it from time to time. was experimenting a while back with chalk (not chalkboard) paint. Very fun: )Hope you have a blessed week ahead!! Karen O

Karen@Southern Gal Meets Midwest said...

What a great piece to have next to the rooster. The shading really gives it that extra special look! Thanks for sharing your incredible talent to turn something plain into lovely décor :)

Daniela said...

Well, you're truly wonderful, my dearest Celestina, WONDERFUL !
thank you for sharing your art, i know that when I come and visist you here you always leave me in awe, always, and I'm so grateful to you for this, my sweetest friend !
May your week be blessed with joy and wonder
sending love to you

Debby Ray said...

Wow...what a fabulous make over on this plate! Love, love it! What a talent you have, Celeste!

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a beautiful redo -- from blah to wow! You make it sound so easy, but I know there's a lot of talent there! I'm looking forward to the 40s makeovers.
It is a long time until spring here, but I am sorting and organizing and dusting, too. Whenever that mood strikes, I try to take advantage of it!!
Have a great week Celeste. Blessings, Deborah

Rue said...

That plate is beautiful, Celestina :)

I loved following along on your trip to Waco. What a great place! I can't wait to see what you picked out.


Kim said...

No spring cleaning, yet, but I would gladly get right to it, if it would make this silly snow stop! ;) Pretty tray!

Alessandra said...

I like it very much! You are a great artist and your talent always amaze me a lot. I think it' s perfect for your kitchen

Createology said...

Your tray looks "designer" fabulous and you sharing how you created it makes it seem very doable. Love your classic black and white and checkered look. Embracing Creative Bliss...

Donna said...

What a fun project, Celestina! I love the vintage graphic, what a great idea to use the graphite paper. I've never tried that before, my hand painting isn't nearly as neat as yours:) The checks are so perfect, your tray fits right in perfectly with your decor!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

YOU are so talented. I have vision for many things, but if I were to look at that plate, I would have never know how to transform it into this special treasure as YOU DID! Lovely my friend!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

i love the tray. You are so talented. It really turned out so good.
Have a great week.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Too darn cute!!! it...great job!!!

Cheryl said...

Dang... that is super cute! Fabulous!
big hugs,

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste, my dear friend, you are such a talented Lady! This plate looks wonderful !
Wishing you a blessed week ahead, sending much Love and hugs, Claudia xo

Anna said...

Great job !!!!!!
Have a lovely day !

Anonymous said...

I've started my spring cleaning!
I love what you did with the tray! You are so talented!!! I always love seeing what you are creating.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Morning!
You have such a trained eye for seeing beyond the object and transforming it into such beauty!
I love this!

Have a wonderful week, looks like the wind has died down and we will be able to enjoy the outdoors!


decorayadora said...

Hi dear Celestina ,, tú eres muy talento ,, es realmente espectacular ,, me encanta ese tipo de letra ,,

Okio B Designs said...

Your tray came out amazing! I haven't started spring cleaning yet but I did swap out my plaid winter comforter with a spring one. The weather does not help get me motivated. =(


Creations By Cindy said...

I just love how it turned out! So very pretty! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Your plate you painted came out so nice. Thanks for sharing the process with us at Cooking and Crafting with J&J!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a great way to repurpose a vintage plate! I love it and the black and white is so classic.

Gypsy Heart said...

I love it! Of course, the black & white checks put it over the top! :) You have such a vision and talent for creating something unique.

I'm trying to do some spring cleaning, however, there's so much construction near by and the wind continues to blow sand & dust constantly. I kinda feel like I'm back in Amarillo! :)

My neighbor downstairs goes to his deer lease pretty often. He gave me some antlers which I sprayed gold. Painted a back board for them, it didn't stay on the wall and my antlers broke. Perhaps I should just cook, bake & clean! LOL


Sheryl Parsons said...

Very nicely done!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How different it much more up to date now. I don't paint but I love your projects, especially those with roses. I mentioned you on my blog this morning! Hugs, Diane

Anonymous said...

You are such a talented artist and have such an eye for decorating. You turned an old platter into a beautiful piece of art! Not only do you have such a creative imagination but you also are very knowledgable as to what type of paint to use on different surfaces. Anyone can paint but you really have to know what you're using to make a piece endure over time and years of use. Just lovely! Thanks for sharing!

living from glory to glory said...

Hello My Dear, You always inspire me! I really have tried my own copycat ideas from your blog many times! I loved that one you did from the Dollar store tray, I made that as a Baby shower gift!
Happy Valentines Day...
Love, Roxy

Ohmydearests said...

beautiful! have a wonderful day! <3

Sandi Magle said...

Sweet Project, the checks, mine never turned out that even,lol.Sandi

Anonymous said...

Celeste, this is wonderful! You are so clever and talented! I adore your Menu plate! Black and white is a favorite of mine! You have done an outstanding job painting the checkerboard!

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh...this is so cute! LOVE!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Stacey said...

Hi Sweet Celeste. Thank you so much for linking with Thoughts of Home on Thursday. You make us so happy. :) Pinned.

Lisa said...

Celestina your talent just blows me away! This piece is so cute! I know it looks absolutely amazing in your kitchen.

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Celestina Marie
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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..