Do you remember the vintage “silver” tray I showed you recently in 100 Days And Junkin Finds?
I said I had plans for it, and finally, here is the reveal. I first saw this great idea over at Laura’s blog, Sunday View. I then saw it in an antiques mall, where a vendor was using it for a “20% off” sign.
- old silver-tone tray
- painter’s tape
- chalkboard spray paint
- Exacto knife or similar knife
- regular chalk or chalk pen
Here’s The 411
#1. If you don’t already have a cheap, old silver-tone tray, you’ll have to go junkin! Mine was $2 at a thrift store.
I wouldn’t spray paint a real sterling silver tray, because it would devalue it, but that’s up to you, of course.
#2. Cover the edges that you want to remain silver with a good painter’s tape. I used Frog Tape for the first time, and I have to say I was very pleased with how sharp and crisp the edges came out. That “paint barrier” they claim it makes really seems to work.
#3. Using your fingertips, press down on the tape so you can see the impression of the curving edges where you’ll want to cut away the painter’s tape. This will be the outside edge of the chalkboard area.
Then, using an Exacto knife or similar knife, cut along that curving border on your tray. I used a scrapbooking tool I had called a Circle Cutter Swivel Knife. This was great because the blade actually swivels as you go around curves, but I think a regular Exacto knife would be fine.
#4. Once you get the edges cut all the way around, carefully remove the excess tape. You may have to tweak a few spots.
#5. Now you’re ready to spray it with chalkboard spray paint, which I found at Lowe’s in the spray paint section.
Wear a mask! Wear safety glasses! This paint has all kinds of weird stuff in it that you don’t want in your eyes & lungs. Do your spray painting outdoors, also.
Follow the directions on the can, but basically it is like any other spray paint: short bursts side-to-side, let dry briefly between light coats. I put on 3 coats of paint.
#6. When the paint is completely dry, peel the painter’s tape off the outside part you had covered.
#7. Do this step outside, and again, wear a mask and eye protection. Sand the painted surface with a fine sanding block. Brush away the stuff you sanded off. Sand it enough that you have a smooth finish, but be careful not to sand all the way through.
Now it’s time to write a message on your awesome new chalkboard! This is where I got stuck. What to write? Finally I came up with a few ideas, which I thought I’d pass on to you:
- Welcome To Our Home
- Menu: Take Me Out!
- Mom’s Kitchen
- Happy Fall Y’all
- God Bless Our Home
Yeah, I should have let Artsy Daughter draw the flower….
Updated to add this photo, from when I made my Two Apple Cakes for Autumn Flavor:
I hope you’re inspired to make a chalkboard tray of your own. Please share your ideas for more messages in the Comments section, or just let me know what you think, I love to hear from y’all.
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Check out my next post, where we’re spotting antiques at the movies! Sense and Sensibility…ah, how I love that film. We shouldn’t have any trouble finding some antiques in that one. Thanks for joining me, and may you be blessed! ~Dawn
I’m sharing this thrifty project with the great websites:
- The Thrifty Groove & A La Carte’s Thrifty Things Friday
- Worthing Court’s Homework Wednesday
- Common Ground’s Be Inspired
- The Shabby Nest’s Frugal Friday
- My Romantic Home’s Show and Tell Friday
- The Charm of Home’s Home Sweet Home
- Finding Fabulous’s Frugalicious Friday
- Funky Junk Interiors
- From My Front Porch To Yours
- DIY Sunday Showcase
- Between Naps On The Porch – Metamorphosis Monday
- Sunday View
- Confessions of a Serial DIYer
- Savvy Southern Style
- Helene’s Legacy