Friday, October 22, 2010

A Chalkboard Tray Project

With an old tray, leftover tinted primer and chalkboard paint sitting unused, how could I resist covering another item with this fun paint? I love the idea of a chalkboard tray, perfect for placing little bowls of treats or drinks on at a party with "labels", or writing a little message befitting the event! Here are the simple steps taken to make this tray.


Begin by sanding the finish off an old tray or find an unfinished tray to make this project even easier.


Brush the entire tray with tinted primer and let dry for two hours.


Tip: Elevate the tray to make painting the sides easier by placing it on top of a bowl or small box.


Lightly sand the surface with a fine grit sanding pad.


Then brush the entire tray with chalkboard paint and let dry for two hours.


If there are any rough spots just quickly run the sanding pad over the surface.


As I suspect this tray will get a lot of use, I decided to apply two layers of chalkboard paint. This will ensure a surface that is durable and able to handle all the writing and erasing to come. Let the final layer of chalkboard paint dry for 24 hours.


After the paint has dried cover the entire tray with chalk, using a large stick on its side.


Rub the chalk into the surface...


...and wipe away with a towel. This process helps any writing and drawing to be fully erasable. I read this tip somewhere and it truly does work.

Finally, set out some ghoulish treats! And the best part? When Halloween is over just erase and use again at another event...

50 comments :

  1. You have done it again. I love it!

    -Rene

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  2. ohh super amazing..i just i love it..gonna try it:)
    thanks for sharing:)
    Student Accommodation

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  3. That's such a great idea! I never would have thought of putting chalkboard on a tray. You are too brilliant!

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  4. Very clever idea! I love that you can write on it for the occasion!

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  5. Talk about cute a fab idea, this is one of them! Have a great weekend.

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  6. I love this idea! I want to cover every item in my house with chalkboard paint... it is just so fun! Where did you find the tray? I need one just like that for my living room coffee table....

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  7. Fun idea. I'm thinking that when your Isabella or Max stay home sick from school you can make them a bowl of chicken soup to place on the tray with a note that says "Get Well"

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  8. Spooktacular Janell! I love the way you styled the tray!

    And Karen that is a great idea!

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  9. Thanks! And for where I got this tray, it was found at PB a few years ago...but currently researching a great resource for unfinished trays. Have some ideas for more projects using trays and definitely want to eliminate the sanding step!! I'll post the sources when I find them...
    Janell

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  10. What a clever idea! I love the fact that you can change the message for each occasion. I think you would want to entertain more just so you could use the tray! Your styling in the last image is excellent. Love it. Happy weekend...

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  11. Loved this fun and creative project. I am guessing your new tray will get lots of use!

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  12. I love this! I saw someone serving cheese and crackers and had written all the names of the cheese down on the chalkboard, it's so neat. I have one tray, I'm torn between this method and a stencil method. :) Thanks for showing us, have a great weekend :)

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  13. Adorable!! you know I love this little project and I love a post that has a fabulous picture at the end and this was it!
    Have a wonderful weekend
    Londen

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  14. I have to do that one --- twice! One for me and one for my college student. Great idea.
    debi

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  15. Such a cute idea! I'm going to try that one with a tray I just got - thanks for the inspiration! Check out my blog at: http://nestdecorator.blogspot.com Have a great day!

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  16. What a great idea! I have been trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my chalkboard paint for the last five years, I might have just figured it out (now I need a tray)

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  17. this is about the most clever project in all of blogland this week! gold star to you!

    i am going to use an old 'breakfast in bed' tray for a lap desk in my daughter's new room. I'd planned on painting the legs and applying ribbon trim to the top, but now I think this might be a more fun idea for her!

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  18. So great and this tray can be used for so many different occasions! You're ideas are always so fun! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  19. Love it, thats such a great idea!!

    http://yearofserendipity.wordpress.com/

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  20. Are you kidding me? So clever. My wheels are turning. And did you just happen to have some hay around to display it on? I love the idea of it for a guest room as well and writing, "Welcome Grandma." or whoever the guest is with magazines and treats.

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  21. Ha! No, I usually don't have a pile of hay sitting around ready to be used, got it at Michael's for another project. :)
    Janell

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  22. Love that!! The possibilities are so endless with chalkboard paint. Just found your blog and love it so much :)

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  23. Are you reading my mind? I found a tray pretty much exactly like that and was going to use chalkboard paint on it for my kitchen! You're awesome! :)

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  24. Great tutorial. Love your tray. Super idea. Hugs, Marty

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  25. Janell, wonderful! And, I love how you styled it for Halloween!!

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  26. SO CUTE! And so clever! Thanks for the awesome tutorial, you certainly do make it look simple!

    Have a great weekend! :)

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  27. What a cool idea - how fun! You certainly are a creative gal!

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  28. I love this! Chalkboard paint is now my all-time favourite thanks to all the fun projects you've done with it! great tip with the rubbing of chalk all over :)

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  29. I actually did something very similar. We picked our grandson up at the airport when he was 3. We had a 2 hour dive after that. Too keep him entertained, I made a chalkboard-magnetic car set. I used the cookies sheets you get for $1 at $tree. I just sprayed it with chalkboard paint. I then drew on roads and made traffic signs with foam sheets and put magnets on the bottom of them. I also put small magnet strips on the cars. He had something new! He was able to play cars and we didn't have to worry about dropping things. We were also able to change up his roads because of the chalk. LOVE chalk board paint. LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your blog!

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  30. You just keep finding more and more uses for chalkboard paint! Cute idea...

    P.S. Thanks for your endorsement! Just got a wonderful email today!

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  31. Oh that is a cool idea!
    I did a tray too...
    You can see them here:

    http://pudel-design.blogspot.com/2010/10/picture-frame-diy-tray-project.html

    What do you think? ;)

    Lovely greetings...

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  32. You are the chalkboard queen! Another great project!

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  33. I love it! I have been wanting to try chalkboard paint and this project seems the perfect one for my first attempt. Thanks for sharing the steps. I'll search for a tray this weekend. Often I have seen them at Goodwill. Have a great weekend, Janell.

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  34. OK, I have to confess I'm not often a fan of the chalkboard paint, but in this case - it's BRILLIANT! This can be used for so many occasions and in so many fun and creative ways.

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  35. Janell, when I saw that last image, I thought, "You were made to do this." It is perfect. Have a great weekend!
    Love,
    Michiganhome

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  36. love all things chalkboard. enjoy your weekend.

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  37. This is a great idea! I was wondering when you did the chalk stripe in your son's room, did you cover that stripe with chalk too? Thanks!

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  38. Love it! I have a spray tray just hanging out in my laundry room. I may just have to make a look a like for myself.

    :)

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  39. Great tray. You always have super ideas. Thanks for stopping by my blog today and for your kind comments.

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  40. That is such a great idea, and it looked like it would be something I could actually do. Great tip to elevate the tray while painting. I can't tell you how many times I forgot to do that on something I should have after I already began painting!

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  41. Very creative idea,so smartI never thought of like this,I ll try soon as early asI can get a tray..
    Hope you would like to pay a visit to me at
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    Love

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  42. Hi there!

    Your tray is beautiful. I too would have never thought of this idea. There are so many crafty ideas in this blog world! I'm so glad that I'm in it, I'm learning a lot.

    Manymomentsofme.blogspot.com

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  43. What a great idea! Would be awesome for a cheese platter. So many great ideas.

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