I’m in love with the technique of transfering images and graphics to stuff using just a pencil! I told you how I did this with my toolbox turned planter, I’ve also used it to create a growth chart (which I’ll share at some point), and now I’ve just transformed a tray using the same process. So easy! I found some old TV trays at a garage sale for 50 cents each so I snapped them up because I love spray painting these old trays for so many uses. (Hmmm…I smell a post idea.) Anyway, the inspiration for this project came from the tray I had seen on Z Gallerie, pictured above. And here’s mine:
Z Gallerie Knock-Off: Eye Chart Tray
Nap Rating = 2 naps (factoring in dry-time)
Tools & Materials
- Tray (could be metal or wood)
- Spray paint in cream or white
- Access to a photocopier (possibly)
- Painter’s tape
- Sharpie or other permanent marker like this one
- Spray sealer
- Lightly sand your tray if it has chipped paint or rust on it. Wipe it with a damp towel and let dry.
- Spray paint your tray and let dry overnight.
- Find an image for an eye chart online (I used Google Images) and print it out. You may need to enlarge it with a copier. I did.
- Using a pencil, color the back of the graphic like I did here.
- Turn the graphic right side up again, and center it on the tray. Use painter’s tape to secure it.
- With a pencil, trace the outline of the letters. The pencil on the back of the paper will transfer to the tray.
- Remove the paper, and using the permanent marker or paint pen, fill the graphic in.
- Spray the tray with sealer.
I put my new creation on our bedside table and it kinda makes me laugh because, incidentally, I’m blind as a bat when I wake up and have to fumble for my glasses. Get it? I love it when I make something that has an ironic or secret meaning to me or my family.
Entered into this great contest:
Shared at the thrifty project party at Our Fifth House.