Monday, April 18, 2011

DIY: Chic and Easy Chalkboard

Chalkboards seem to be all the rage these days... here's a quick, inexpensive, and easy DIY to get you in on the trend!  Start with an inexpensive silverplate, aluminum or pewter tray.  This is not the same tray from the finished product in this DIY, but same idea. You may have few of these stashed in your cupboards, if not, thrift stores have them ALL the time.  I have scored them for as little as 10 cents...


The tray I used in the finished product was quite dirty, but a good cleaning with Goof Off left it with a lovely patina.  Next you need a bottle of nifty chalkboard paint... I like this version by Americana.  This particular paint requires you to paint 2 coats in opposite directions with an hour of drying time between each coat then let the whole thing dry for 24 hours before writing on it.

I wanted to use mine on the fridge, so I popped three heavy duty magnets onto the back.  Depending on what type of metal your tray is made of, they may stick right on (mine did) or you may need to glue them on. To hang on a wall, simply glue a claw toothed picture hanger to the back, or even easier prop it up in a beautiful easel on your counter.

Here is my finished chalkboard... we are currently using it to count down the days until SUMMER (we LOVE summer around here).  Here is another version I made from an old pizza pan, which is for sale in my Etsy store in case you are not feeling too crafty, but would like to get in on the chalkboard craze...

Chic Chalkboard

Check out more GREAT chalkboard projects here:

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My Hideaway said...

This looks like a fun and fast project!

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

I love these!

I see the tray has some engraving on it. Did the paint cover that up, or is it so shallow it doesn't really matter?

Orangies Attic said...
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Orangies Attic said...

The tray on my fridge did have some engraving on it, but the 2 coats of paint covered it up nicely.

My Life Under the Bus said...

I didn't know chalk paint came in tiny bottles!!! Love this ! : D

My Life Under the Bus said...

I am going to post this on my facebook page!

Chocolate Drool and Kisses said...

very cute! following from your follow thanks for stopping by.
Crystal

Tutus & Tea Parties said...

Wonderful! I am going to have to make this. I have chalkboard paint and couldn't think of what to paint it onto! Problem solved!

Sarah ~ Magnolia's Attic said...

What a totally cute idea! Love it! And I like the pizza pan one too!

Maria Matter said...

what a fun idea, thanks for sharing!

Annette said...

Love this idea. My daughter chalk painted her kitchen door but I wanted something much smaller for when my granddaughter visits. This is perfect. Thank you!

Holt House said...

Neat idea!

Lisa's Creative Designs said...

Very cute idea! I've been meaning to try Chalkboard paint. I see so many great ideas with it:)

just B you said...

This is definitely one I've got to try. It looks so simple and easy. =)
~Kim
http://2justByou.blogspot.com

Meg said...

I recently bought a can of chalkboard paint an I'm currently obsessed!

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