Vintage Tray, Aged Patina, No Sanding – DIY Paint


I love the patina on this 1980’s vintage wooden tray and how easy it is to achieve with DIY paint.  I did not sand or wet sand, so the wood was not harmed. Natural patina is worn beauty, not tortured salvage.   It doesn’t have to look like someone tied the tray to their bumper and went hauling down the road.    

To get this look with DIY paint, simply use a wet rag.  That’s one of the beauties of DIY paint; it responds to water prior to sealing the paint with BIG Top topcoat or one of their waxes.

The flower image was also easy to distress and it looks like the image simply faded over time.  Wetting the paint with a continuous spray or fine-mist water bottle does the trick.

“I love me some drip action.”

Take it from someone who has painted for over ten years; this paint makes these painterly effects easier.  People will ask how you did it; well, I’ve gotta say – We have enough frustration in our daily lives and I don’t bring it into my creativity.  It’s the quality of the paint and the tools you use that make creating more enjoyable.


DIY paint colors – Crinoline, Hey Sailor, Gypsy Green and Petticoat Pink.  BIG TOP topcoat.  IOD (Iron Orchid Design) stamp.

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