DIY Thrifted Chalkboard Cheese Tray

I scored this tray during my vacation thrift store jackpot. It was only a couple bucks and I knew I wanted to make it into a cheese tray using chalkboard paint. Here it is in all it’s dirtiness!! Not very appetizing!

Cheese tray before

I started off by spray painting the entire tray white. Notice how the center is not really covered. I just wanted to make sure the frame was painted because I knew the center tray would be painted again with chalkboard paint.

spraypainted tray cheese chalkboard

Next I taped off the frame with painters tape

Taped Chalkboard tray

And painted the center with chalkboard paint using a sponge brush to minimize brush strokes. I also love that I can just toss the brush when I am done, no messy clean up!

Chelkboard tray during 01

And now, time for the bad news!! I let the paint dry for a few days. When I went to peel it off, things didn’t go as well as planned.

Tape Removal Chalkboard tray

Not only did some of the chalkboard paint peel off, but some leaked up onto the frame. I ended up using a small craft brush to fix this by hand. It took 3-4 coats of the white paint (using Kilz primer for added coverage) to cover up that black chalk paint. In the end, I wish I would have not taped at all and just cut in with the chalkboard paint using a steady hand.

I always say, things don’t have to be perfect, but I will admit this one was a little painful for me. I had to remind myself that the tray would be covered with pretty food and these minor imperfections would fade into the background!!

Chalkboard Cheese Tray 02

I got myself a “chalk pen…” a definite must have!!

Chalkboard cheese tray 01

I actually love the finished product. I think it could be used for any types of appetizers, not just cheese. By using the chalkboard to label, it’s a really versatile tray :-)

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I was lucky enough to co-host a friends shower last weekend. I am so excited to meet this little one, I cannot even contain myself!! It’s a surprise! I feel like that doesn’t happen very often anymore. Lord knows, I ran out and paid for an elective ultra sound to find out a few weeks early with my kids. I do, however, admire those that can wait for that moment the baby is born. It has to be one of the most incredible moments in life!!

This isn’t a true “Baby Shower” post, but I did want to share a few pretty pics from the day. Lots of fresh flowers!!

Hydrangea vase

One of the other co-hosts made these party favors for people to take home. They are actually salt containers (99 cents). Let’s just say she has a surplus of salt on her hands :-). They were the cheapest containers she could find without paying for shipping.

She painted the inside of the jars and then filled them with flowers. They turned out so cute!! Everyone was very excited to be able to take one of these home!!

party favors

Here is a view of how great my mantle looked with all the vases

Mantle Party Favors

A friend of mine put together the other flowers we had for the baby shower. I had about 10 vases with clippings placed around my house. When it comes to decorating, flowers and candles make a big impact!!

I used a basket with mason jars as a centerpiece on the food table

Hydrangea Centerpiece

Look how beautiful this bouquet is in my Jute wrapped vase with a burlap table runner (diy coming soon).

Jute Vase Centerpiece Another co-host made these cupcakes…don’t they look professional?? I wish I could make cupcakes like this!!


I also made a diaper cake. This was my first, and probably my last, diaper cake making experience. It wasn’t bad at all, although, I did look at about 300 tutorials online. There is not a shortage of diaper cake tutorials out there!! And, in the end…I went with my own method.

I started by rolling the diapers onto a half used paper towel roll

Diaper Cake Layer 1

I used slightly less than a 96 count box of newborn size diapers.

OMG…you just forget HOW LITTLE THEY ARE!!!

I tied that layer with yarn. I didn’t want to sit and roll diapers, and I didn’t want the Mom-to-be to have to sit and unroll them.

Yarn Diaper Cake

I then used my left hand to hold the yarn taut, which held the diapers in place and added them one by one until I had the size I wanted, then knotted it off. Super easy and very quick once I got going.

Cake form diaper cake

I didn’t place anything in between layers, the paper towel roll acts to stabilize the cake.

Then I wrapped each layer with a wide piece of burlap and a couple layers of ribbon. I tucked fresh flowers in between each layer and found these cute felt owl clips at Cost Plus World Market. Lastly, a stuffed animal to top it off.

Diaper Cake Finished

Don’t look at the crooked ribbon!! I mean it, don’t look!! I wish I had a better picture, because it wasn’t that lopsided in real life, LOL. Not the best picture, but you get the point!

For the last year I have been asking my now two and a half year old…”Where’s my baby??” He would always point at his chest and say “Right here!” Today I asked him and he said “No more babies…” He’s right…but thank goodness for pregnant friends 😉

I would love to see YOUR fabulous baby shower ideas??

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