Frenchy Wood Tray

by - June 24, 2014

I've been wanting to try Omni Gel after seeing a few pins about it on Pinterest and after reading about it in the blogosphere (Susan from Homeroad and Karen from The Graphics Fairy both have nice tutorials on using it).  I found it at and decided to give it a go.

This is actually a re-do of a re-do.  I used this little wood tray on my porch last summer.  It had a lobster design on it but that peeled off. Doh!  It made the perfect candidate for this trial run.  I gave it a few coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint before starting.
I printed out the French image (from The Graphics Fairy) onto regular white paper.  Because I have an inkjet printer, I made a copy of it using my fax machine.  (Yes, fax machine.  Remember those?!).  I did NOT reverse the image.
I gave the image two coats of Omni Gel and let it dry overnight. Once it was dry, I added it to a bowl of water and just started peeling the paper away from the back - kind of like the Modge Podge method.  With the paper removed, I added the image to both sides of my tray and put a coat of the gel over it.

Super easy!  I like this much better than the Modge Podge method, which I just can't seem to master.  Can't wait to use it for other projects!

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  1. Catching up with you this morning, love all your projects and will be sharing with my camping neighbors! Some will come in handy when the kids get bored this summer!

  2. I've used something like this on tumbled marble tiles years ago (not Modge Podge ~ I can't even remember the name of the product), and when I went to peel the paper away, it was a hold-your-breath-and-hope-it-works-out task.
    This product sounds cool, and your end result is so pretty. I'll look for it!
    Thanks, Jeanine.

  3. I've never heard of that stuff. Apparently, it works! I have some stuff here I want to try that I bought from a bloggy friend.

    My Blogger dashboard is all screwy and I'm not getting my blog list. I am so behind on visiting/commenting!

  4. This is a great project. I have heard of this but not tried it yet. Love this graphic you used. It is one of my favorites and those canning jars look great in the tray. I've been painting those too and love the look.
    Beautiful job and thanks for the inspiration for the Omni gel.


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