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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Old Cafeteria Tray Coffee Sign

Happy day everyone!
I've got just a quick little project to share with you. 
If you're new here & don't know...I LOVE making signs almost as much as I love painting. 
Given the chance, I'll make a sign on just about anything.
Boxes, pallet planks, scrap/barn wood, furniture, walls, mirrors, etc.
This time I happened to find an old cafeteria tray at GWstore. 
A very hefty, solid, old cafeteria tray.
I was initially going to use this as a  food dish holder for my cat because he tends to be a very sloppy eater.
I am always & forever cleaning up bits & pieces of kitty food & it drives me insane.

After having it in my stash for a few days months, I had an even better idea.
An old cafteria tray would be perfect-o for a vintage diner style sign. 

I set out to design it & came up with a fictitious coffee company in a deep red & white color combo.
There's just something about red & white that makes me think of old time diners.
The best part of making your own signs for me is making up the names, companies, logos etc. 
I love the freedom & creativity of it.
I primed it with my Krylon primer in grey. I use a grey undercoat or primer every single time I paint with red. It's really the only way to get the true red you're after without doing forty-eleven-hundred coats of paint.
Then I gave it a coat of Krylon Red Pepper.
This red is absolutely awesome! If you're looking for a true bright, cheery red, this is it!
While that dried, I created my graphic in Photoshop CS5.
I printed it out on using my poster setting on my printer.
 It printed in 4 pages, then I just trimmed it, lined it up, & taped it all together.

I gave the tray a light sanding with a fine grit sanding block.
I wanted to make sure I gave the next layer some teeth to grab onto.
Once it was all wiped down again I just placed the graphic where I wanted it & taped it to the tray.
I added the slogan separately since I couldn't decide what I wanted it to say. 
I used my sign transfer technique to  apply the design to the tray & then outlined it with my Elmers paint pen.
Since I was transferring my graphic to a rich color, I used chalk on the back of the paper instead of lead.
Everything transferred beautifully!

I used a small brush & gave everything a coat of white paint.
You can see in the picture above that the 1st coat was still pretty see-through.
Since I was doing white on top of a deeper color, I ended up doing 3 coats total with little touch-up of a 4th coat where needed.
All painted & ready for some distressing & glaze
 I wanted it to look like it had been around for a while so I took some 150 grit sandpaper to it & just roughed it up.
Then I glazed over everything with some deep cocoa paint mixed with water.

I let everything dry for a day then coated it with 2 coats of Krylon satin clear coat.

That's it.
A simple, easy way to add some fun to any room.
You'd be surprised what you could use to make a sign.
Once you get used to looking at regular objects in a new light, you'll see items everywhere!
I'm off to wax a drafting table.
Until next time!

This is NOT a sponsored post. 
I have not been compensated in any way  from Krylon or Elmer's for mentioning them or using their products. 
 I explain exactly what I use, like and trust in order for you to know what works for me & how I have created this look.
All opinions & thoughts on the products are strictly mine.


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