Monday, July 19, 2010

Pretty Silver Chalkboards

This project is quick and easy. I think they have a really pretty vintage feel to them.

To create the chalkboards I used the following products:
Silver trays
Painters tape
Chalkboard paint
Small metal sawtooth picture frame hangers

Start by sanding down the center of each tray. You want to ensure the primer sticks, and if your tray has an etched design like mine did, you want to make sure that doesn't show. When you're done sanding, wash and dry.

Next, tape off the edges with painters tape. This is a little tedious, but it does give it a pretty clean edge. Make sure the edges of the tape are pressed down firmly, and if you choose a wide enough tape it should completely cover the edges of the tray so you don't get paint anywhere else.

Using a spray primer, spray the center of each tray and allow to dry between coats. I used two coats of primer.

Once the primer is good and dry, spray with chalkboard paint. I think 2 to 3 coats should do it. Allow paint to dry completely before pulling off the tape. I found that my paint had bled just a bit, but scrapes off easily with your nail since it's in an area that hasn't been sanded or primed.

I picked up a package of the metal sawtooth picture frame hangers for about $1. I attached them to the back of the tray with super glue. Allow it to dry for a good amout of time before hanging. The tiny nails included with in the hanging kit (the ones you'd use to attach the hangers to a wooden frame) were the perfect size to hang these on the wall.

How cute is that!

These would be great hung in the kitchen, dining room or even a bedroom. I think they'd make great house warming gifts or shower gifts. I plan to pick up a few more over my weekend for gifts.

The overall cost of this project was about $15. I still have plenty of primer and chalkboard paint left, so the only cost for future projects will be the trays. And under a dollar each, you can't beat that!


Rene said...

I love chalk board paint. Your trays look great!


Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Very cool and classy, they look great! Are these Dollar Store trays? Even if they aren't, you did a great job restyling them. The set on the wall look wonderful.

malia said...

hi from a fellow chalkboard paint lover!
i am right after you @ tatertots and jello's link party.
thanks for the tute... i am totally going to do it!
and i'm your newest follower. just got friend connect on my blog too

Cassie said...

Thank you all so much! I picked these trays up at my local thrift store for a steal! They're so easy, and so cute.

MrsB@ said...


Leah said...

These are so great! Love this idea! I also love this idea for gifts!


Kate said...

These look awesome, Cassie! I'm sure your friends and family will love to receive these as gifts!

Laura @ Just For Love said...

Those are adorable, Cassie! I just found you over at the Shabby Nest's "Frugal Friday" and I'm so glad I did. I link up to that party pretty often too. Anyway, just wanted you to know that I'm a happy new follower of your adorable blog : )

Nice to meet you, girl!
Lots of love,

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh, these are so pretty!
Thank you so much for sharing!
Have a good night!