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!
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.
Next I taped off the frame with painters tape
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!
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.
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!!
I got myself a “chalk pen…” a definite must have!!
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