Today, I'm sharing a little step by step with ya on how you can make your own.
What you'll need:
- Cheapy serving tray a la Dollar Tree
- Chalkboard Paint (I used Martha Stewart brand in black...but apparently, they come in lotsa colors)
- Paint brush
- baby wipes or dampened paper towel
I read the directions on the back of the bottle, and there wasn't much to do to prep the surface of the tray, other than making sure it was clean (used a baby wipe for that). If you notice, however, my tray has some discoloration on it. I don't know how, why or when that happened, but it's there; since I was painting over it anyway, this didn't really pose a problem.
So, I poured a bit of paint onto the tray and started painting away.
As I went along, I also used a baby wipe to clean up the edges to make a smooth line along the curves of the tray.
The instructions say to put an initial coat of paint onto your surface, wait one hour and then paint a finishing coat to dry for 24 hours. I couldn't really wait a whole hour and took matters into my own hands and dried it with my trusty space heater turned to the fan setting.
When it was dry, I conditioned the chalkboard by rubbing chalk over it and then wiping it with a baby wipe. I wan't going for a really fancy sign, I wanted it to be very simple. So, a simple sentiment and some doodling was all I needed. In the future, I may try something more complex....if my brain is completely awake ;)
I did manage to knick the paint a bit once it was dried. Not sure why the paint came up so easily as I did allow it to dry overnight. I don't know if it's the paint itself or the surface or how I was writing on the chalkboard. It didn't bother me that much since I was not going for perfection. However, if I was, I would probably try a primer to the tray first before adding the chalkboard paint.
If you need chalkboard art inspiration here's some pretty dope ideas on Pinterest.
Burlap & Denim has a very detailed tutorial on making a chalkboard sign.
Did you know that you could make your own chalkboard paint???
Check this gal out -she's like a chalkboard artisan!
I would love to hear your thoughts on this trend and if you plan on making this simple project on your own, make sure you send a photo and leave a comment!!!