This is why I paint and am NOT a nurse.
I gave her one good coat, spread out well, of ASCP in Chateau Grey. I made areas here and there a bit heavier as vintage/antique items rarely have a "uniform" paint job when you find them. Next, I picked a font from my Photoshop tool box and sized my letter to meet the height and width of the tray. I choose to print them out individually and then line them up on the tray. I then took my graphite transfer paper and "traced" each letter onto the top of the tray.
As you can see, there will be shadows on the "Dairy" word, so I start painting all the letters in ASCP in Old White first.
For the fine and thin areas of some letters more of a trace than an actual paint brush, I use Sharpee oil-based paint pen in white. These are a lifesaver for these hard-to-paint areas.
All thats left to do is paint in the shadowing.
For the shadowing, I mixed one tablespoon of ASCP in Graphite with 1/4 teaspoon of Paris Grey. I wanted a more faded "black" on that part.
In some of the thin areas, I took a thin, yet wide paintbrush and dabbed the paint in lightly as oppose to using brush strokes.
It gives me more control without going over my lines.
Now it's ready for a little distressing!
I give her a light distressing with a fine sandpaper block (I just love these things!):
Finally, a thin coat of dark wax is put over the whole piece.
Some areas get a little more wax than others though.
After waxing, go over it with a soft cloth to buff.
Now she's ready to hand in my kitchen up against our brick wall!
She looks a little farmhouse-y!