Friday, January 18, 2013

Silver Tray Chalk Board

I made this chalk board a while ago and never posted about it, but since I heard that Donna over at Funky Junk Interiors was having a chalk board themed linky and it's Friday night, I want to parrrrrrrr-ty! Click the above link and join us! I'm bringing nachos!

I love using chalk board paint on lots of surfaces - metal, wood, paper, fabric, ceramic - the ideas are endless! One of my favorite uses is for silver plated trays. I have a real "thing" for these lovely serving pieces and expanding their use by making something utilitarian like a chalk board out of them really appeals to me! I thought that this large round tray with its neat handles was the perfect canvas! I painted the chalk board paint around the center circle, leaving the rim to show off its patina. Then, just because everything is better if it sparkles, I glued "rhinestones" all around the perimeter - bling bling!

I painted on three coats, letting each dry before applying the next, to make sure I got full coverage. If the piece you're working on has a little engraving on it, don't worry. The chalk paint will partially cover that and it won't interfere with its use. You'll be able to write on it just fine!

Once the painting was complete, I tied a black ribbon to a piece of chalk and hung it from one of the handles. I was really excited over the way it turned out!

This piece was sold a while ago, but I'm working on new ones! After all, I have to have one for myself, right? Plus, now that I've seen all the colors available, how can I resist? I wonder if it comes in PINK?

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs, Leena

Sharing with: Funky Junk Interiors - Saturday Night Special, Charming Chalkboards!


  1. You can mix your own chalkboard paint -- in any color you can find of acrylic paint. It is unsanded grout added to acrylic paint. Web instructions here: Also, I found web instructions for faux mercury glass. I need a partner in crime for this! Love ... either sweetie or cutie, whichever the heck of those I am. I can never remember ...

  2. Sweetie!!! Yes, you are sweetie, I'm cutie LOL! I'd heard of making chalk paint before but not chalk board paint. I'll have to check it out! Making mercury glass would be cool too - I want to play! Can we find something for the boys to do while we play soon? I'm going stir crazy in here LOL! Love you!

  3. Cute, cute, cute.
    Have a good weekend.

  4. Hi Leena, I love the chalkboard and I can see why it already sold.
    I was following via Linky but some of the blogs were not showing up. I just signed up to follow you by GFC. Take care. xx, Sherry

  5. You definitely need to make one for yourself! I've been wanting to make one of these for a good while.

    Thanks for visiting today. I love meeting a fellow VA blogger.

  6. I've seen similar silver chalkboards, but I love how you took it a step further with the bling and the ribbon to hold the chalk. You've shown how it only takes a few small touches to make a simple project extra special! Thank you for visiting my blog last week!

  7. Leena I really love your little touches. I've never thought of adding the little sparkly gems and it adds so much! I always find something new when I visit here. Thanks for sharing.
    Leslie (aka gwen moss)

  8. I've done this before - so fun! Love the hanging piece of chalk! And I should have know with your fabulous blog name that you'd be a pink lover!


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