This weekend, I went through some more of my latest thrift-store loot and focused my attentions on a silver serving tray that I had picked up at Goodwill. They had a lot of cast-off silver trays there, and strangely enough, I only bought one! Someday, I’ll learn. Anyway, I had been wanting to make a chalkboard menu tray to put in the dining area, and I’m pleased to say that this project is complete!
It is actually stainless steel, and I wanted it to give it some shine and bling so it would look extra special during holiday dinners. I know silver is in now, but I wanted to paint the tray gold because this color fits better in the dining area, and I already have some silver accents in the room. I started by applying a coat of spray paint to prime the tray’s surface.
Isn’t this attractive? Next, I used some gold spray paint around the edges of the tray.
After this was nice and dry, I added the first layer of chalkboard paint. I think it resembles some finger painting I did when I was way, way younger!
I added another layer and let the tray dry for a whole 24 hours, just like the directions said. Yep, I actually followed the directions because I didn’t want to end up with a useless tray! After the paint was completely set, I added a layer of bling around the edges of the chalkboard paint. This not only gave the tray some added sparkle, but it also made a nice frame around the chalkboard area. This is the final result!
The most time-consuming part of the whole process was adding the bling, but I was super lucky to have two very helpful assistants for this part! I put our new chalkboard menu tray in the dining room and added a sweet, little message. Actually hubby’s in charge of dinner tonight, but I think we will be having some very simple meals until the holidays are over!