Thursday, July 18, 2013

Chalkboard Tray

Hello again!

It is a terribly rainy day here, hopefully not the same where you are.  Anyway I was at the thrift store a few weeks ago and found a tray that I thought would be a wonderful addition to our house.  Only problem with it was it was terribly ugly (nothing I can't fix though).

I had been seeing a post on Pinterest for a while (probably even liked it a few times) of a tray that had chalkboard paint on it and I thought it couldn't be that hard.  The pin was from Wit & Whistle and I thought it was a great idea for a platter.  No more guessing about what is on the platter anymore!

I really wish I had taken a picture of the tray before I started painting but oh well.  It had some dark wood and it was just overall really ugly.

The first thing I did was sand down some of the rough spots on the tray then I wiped it out with a wet paper towel and went outside to spray paint the whole thing in Krylon's Ivory from Wal-Mart for around $3.67.
Krylon Gloss Ivory

                                                                                        Krylon Gloss Ivory

I taped up the two metal handles with some painters tape because I really liked them, but I painted the entire thing Ivory.  Originally I was going to leave the sides and top Ivory as well, but I'm not exactly the most skilled painter so I wound up getting some of the black chalkboard paint  up on the sides and when I tried to keep it off the top it got there too so I wound up with just the outside sides and the top too.   The sides of the tray are still the ivory color and overall I am really pleased with how it turned out.

(Please please please ignore how messy my table was that day!)

One thing that you need to do before you write on the tray is take a piece of chalk and rub it all over to prep the paint, then you are ready to write all over.

I used Craft Smart Chalkboard Paint in black from Michael's for about a $1 for each bottle, and I write on it with Bistro Chalk Markers that I found at Hobby Lobby for around $12 (I think).
Craft Smart Chalkboard Paint

Bistro Chalk Markers

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