I wanted to share with you a quick DIY project you can do in a half hour or less. This idea came to me when I had the opportunity to share in a birthday celebration for a dear friend and wanted to give a personal kind of gift.
I had a couple of these silver trays tucked away in my stash that I picked up one day thrifting at a very reasonable price. I always had the intention of creating these pieces into chalkboard trays and now was a great opportunity.
Materials needed: painter’s tape, sand paper, chalk paint– I used spray.
First step is to tape off the edges. I only wanted the interior to be chalkboard. Taping was a little tricky because the interior had a scalloped edge. Lesson learned– in the future, I would look for trays that have a straight interior edge.
Next I gave it a light sanding, to assist the chalk paint to stick. I chose to use spray paint because of the small area I was painting and wanting this to be a quick no fuss project.
Because it is cold here in Wisconsin, I couldn’t work in my garage the whole time. I decided to just spray the tray in the garage and let it dry in the house. To aid in transporting this piece back and forth and help with minimizing a mess, I placed the tray in a box to spray. When it was dry to the touch, I took it back into the garage, sprayed it and brought it back inside. This was repeated three times. Finally, I was able to remove the tape.
The finished product. A DIY chalkboard tray! This is the picture my friend sent to me of the chalkboard tray sitting on her counter. Lovely!
Have you ever created a gift for someone? I would love you to share. I’m always looking for new ideas.