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Reverse Painting on Glass Serving Tray

Do you ever like to stray off the beaten path and explore? I do! Especially when outside in God’s wonderful creation. I guess that why I love doing what I do…the abnormal taking “trash” and turning into something completely new. Also, even better is filling my home with story-telling pieces from local and nearby haunts. Take for instance this vintage serving tray. Yes, it’s dated, and needs a new life. That’s why I’m sharing a reverse painting technique on this glass serving tray.

Glass Tray Before Reverse Painting | prodigalpieces.com

Not only does it showcase a fading insert, but also the felt backing leaves much to be desired. Time for a makeover!

Felted Back Tray Bottom by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiees

DIY TIME

First, the obvious start is to take off the felt on the backto see what I’m up against. Even more, check out this cocky friend I found underneath.

Rooster on Tray Back for Reverse Painting | prodigalpieces.com

Apparently, someone took that original insert and flipped it backwards to be able to insert the fabric we see up above. However, that fabric is looking pretty awful now.

Old Fabric in Serving Tray for Reverse Painting DIY | prodigalpieces.com

Then, once all is apart, I paint the frame and backing with basic black. Next, I want to start the reverse painting on the glass insert.

Spray Painting Serving Tray Frame Black | prodigalpieces.com

NEXT STEPS

In the event that you’d like to give this technique a try, it’s pretty simple. First, gather your supplies:

  • artist’s brushes
  • acrylic paints in your color choices
  • graphic design printed in reverse
  • tape

We need the graphic to be in reverse because we’re painting on the backside of our try so that the image is visible right side on the front (top). See how I have it taped here?

Reverse Painting Image Taped to Tray | prodigalpieces.com

Afterward, I use my software and this vintage image from my friend, Karen, at The Graphics Fairy. You can used any thing you want…magazines, coloring books, or your own design too.

Next, begin painting in the design. Now, you need to think in reverse. Normally, you would paint the general picture and then cut in outlines. However, this time, you begin with the top layers – the outlines, her rosy cheeks, etc.

DIY Painting Reverse Image on Tray by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Let the first layer cure completely and then add in the blocks of color like the eyes, the teeth, and the lips.. Finally, after that layer cures, you add in the skin and any other final layers.

Painting Glass Tray in Reverse by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

At this point, you can either leave the glass clear or finish off with a color or even a mirrored effect like I did in this upcycled picture frame into mirror in the video tutorial below.

DIY Upcycled Picture Frame Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

For my finish I wanted a fun vintage pop of color, so I use a Sun Yellow as my backdrop.

THE REVEAL

Throwback to the 50’s y’all! You know I’m a vintage soul to the core.

Hand-Painted Vintage Serving Tray with Reverse Painting Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #tutorial #diy #home #vintage

Could I live in the 50’s decor? Maybe. I sure would have fun with it. And, would you guess this is the same tray as before?

Retro Vintage Vignette with Apron and Kitchen Fun by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #50s #retro #home #homedecor

1950's Style Serving Tray with DIY Reverse Painting Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #home #diy

I hope you can tell I had a blast with this. My goal is to inspire! I’m curious…what would you have done with it?

Vintage Soul Serving Tray with DIY Reverse Painting Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #retro #tray #home

If you’d like to make this a part of your home story, you can find this tray and more available in my online shop.

  • Handmade Linen Ottoman by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #shopping
    Linen Ottoman ~$75

Likewise, inspire others to give this reverse painting a try. The options are limitless and perfect for any kind of update you want. Pin and share!

Jazz up your vintage items with this Reverse Painting on Glass DIY tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #tutorial #diy

In addition, up next it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! My dad brings me this chair with all the confidence that I can do something with it. {{gulp}} Take a peek HERE!

Broken Chair Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Also, check out these other reverse painting projects to try:

Curbside Wall Clock Gets New Life as Swiss Medical Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comGrab that old picture frame and create upcycled mirror art. Video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse

Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    I’m testament to the power of reaching out to you and finding light!! Your compassion and prayer helped (and is still helping) me through my darkest time. You are truly an Angel. I hope my fellow blog readers will reach out to you. The power of prayer and friendship crosses all physical distances. Added bonus? Your posts are always a positive pick me up!! Just look at that tray and try NOT to smile!!! 🥰

    • Larissa says

      Likewise, Rebecca. I have my days as well and knowing we can support each other is like gold to me. Sending more smiles and hugs! 😀

  2. Stephanie says

    You are very precious

  3. Terri Hughes says

    You are so talented. I love what you did with this tray, beautiful. May God continue to bless you and your family. We ALL need prayers!!!!

    • Larissa says

      You are so very sweet, Terri. Thank you. Yes, we sure do! 😀

    • Larissa says

      I was thinking about you!! I totally had fun and wanted off my typical rustic train. woot! Thanks, Marie!

  4. Barb says

    This is just the cutest thing! I’ve never understood reverse painting until now, so thank you for that tutorial!

    • Larissa says

      Awesome! I hope you give it a try sometime. So fun and totally addictive.

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