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Make a Chalkboard from a Tray

Lately, most of my crafts have been for my upcoming wedding.  One thing I wanted to do was to take some trays and paint them with chalkboard paint.  At the reception, these trays would serve various purposes; listing our “specialty drink” at the bar, having a menu at the beginning of the dinner buffet, and letting our guests know of a hashtag I’m going to ask them to use if they Instagram anything from our wedding.


First, gather your supplies– Originally, I wanted to do this with a thrifted tray, but I couldn’t find any in my price range (nor did I want to ruin an antique!), but surprisingly, I picked up these at the dollar store.  Yes! The dollar store! (Dollar Tree to be exact– I’m pretty sure they’re across the country).  I was told this is something that they stock regularly, and they came in a variety of sizes.

You’ll need:
-A tray (or two… or three!)
-fine sandpaper
-blue painters tape
-primer (I went with Krylon )
-chalkboard paint (again- Krylon )


The first thing you’re going to want to do is use the blue painters tape to mask off the edges of the tray (or whatever parts you don’t want to get chalkboard paint on).  If you want the entire tray to be covered in chalkboard paint, then skip this step!

Next, (not pictured), take your sandpaper and lightly sand the area to be painted.  This roughs up the surface so that the paint will adhere better.


After your tray is prepped, find yourself a ventilated area and lay out some newspapers to catch the overspray.  Take my word on this– lay out way more newspaper than you think you’ll need, the overspray can really travel!

Start with one coat of the primer.  Follow the primer’s directions as to how long to let it dry. Each primer may have its own specific instructions.


After your primer has dried according to the directions, apply at least two coats of chalkboard paint.  Once again, follow the instructions as to how long to wait between coats.


Once the paint has dried thoroughly, “prime” your board according to the directions.  Most chalkboard paint brands suggest wiping chalk across the entire surface and wiping it clean before use.   After that, a soft cloth with a little bit of water will suffice for cleaning your chalkboard.

I have to admit, I’m having fun writing little sayings and quotes on these trays and using them for decoration!  I can also see using them as a prop in a photo shoot, or as a little make-shift to do list hung in my kitchen.

What would you use your tray for?

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