Thursday, August 30, 2012

Faux Zinc Tray Tutorial

In case you missed it, here’s a re-post of my latest ‘Pinspiration’ project that I originally shared on Heather’s blog, Setting for Four.

Faux Zinc Tray Banner WM

I have seen many tutorials on how to make paper mache letters look like zinc, but I was especially intrigued by this post that claimed you could easily create a zinc finish with just two paint colours.

Easy Faux Zinc Letters from House Stuff Works

Source: House Stuff Works via Claire on Pinterest

I’ve tested it out and I’m thrilled to tell you that yes, it really is that simple!

I started with a wooden tray from Goodwill that was just waiting for its next life. I bought it at the same time as this tray that already received a “Cinderella makeover.”

Faux Zinc Tray Before WM

Since the tray was originally green I decided to spray paint it with gray primer before giving it the faux zinc treatment.

Faux Zinc Tray Primer WM

(Looking better already!)

Once the primer dried (one of the good things about our crazy hot weather this summer), I painted the tray with one coat of black acrylic paint.

Faux Zinc Tray Black Paint WM

Then, it was time for the magic!

 Magic Paint WM

With an old paintbrush, I dry-brushed on white pearl paint. FYI: I bought this paint at Michaels with a 40% off coupon but I have also seen it at Walmart.

While painting, I concentrated more paint on the edges and corners and applied the paint in long strokes.

Once I was happy with the coverage, I went back and added more paint in different directions to the center of the tray.

 Faux Zinc Tray 3 WM

Rather than add too much, I decided to stop here and live with it for a while. I can always add more in the future.

Faux Zinc Tray 2 WM

The amount of black paint left showing is completely up to you and how you want your piece to look.

Two steps and two bottles of paint! That’s it!

My finished tray will make a cute home for my smallest tea tin succulent planter . . .

Faux Zinc Tray 4 WM

or a lovely turquoise trio borrowed from my mantel.

Faux Zinc Tray 5 WM

See that ribbed bottle? It’s an upcycled soya sauce bottle! I poured acrylic paint into it and swirled it around until the sides were covered. The streaky finish was a complete fluke and I love it!


Faux Zinc Tray 1 WM

{Black paint + white pearl paint = faux zinc}


Faux Zinc Tray Banner WM

If you liked that, I’d love for you to check out some more of my Pinterest-inspired creations. Here are three more ‘Pinspiration’ projects to get you started!

Tea Tin Planters Banner

Pinspiration Bathroom Artwork WM

Pinspiration Banner Mason Jar WM

Thanks for reading (or, if you already checked this out on Setting For Four and you’re still with me, re-reading!) and have a great day!

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  1. Very fun-Love it! And of course your first aid artwork is my all time fav! :)

  2. Ah - the magic of paint!! That trick really does work, doesn't it? Had I seen that tray sitting on your tabletop I would have never guessed it was wooden! I think you found just the right balance of the 2 paints, too. Well done, Claire!

  3. I am usually not that great at major craft projects but this seems simple enough for me to tackle. I absolutely love the look of this faux zinc tray and it would also be a beautiful way to present gift sets.

  4. Love this tray, Claire :) I trust all is well. HUGS!


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