5.28.2009

Fun with Chalkboard Paint~

I'm sure most of you have seen this idea...but I thought I'd share it with you again!

I am enamoured with chalkboard paint! It is just so much fun! I had seen chalkboards made from silver trays, and although I have a couple of silver trays that I rarely use, I was hesitant to actually paint one of them. Then when I was at the dollar store with the kiddos, I found this little "silver" tray. I loved the beaded edge, and thought it would make a fun chalkboard. So I snatched it up.


Like my reflection? Yeah, I'm kind of a geek that way!

The tray was really easy to paint... and I didn't bother taping it off because it had a ridge which formed a natural guide (and I was able to easily scrape away the couple of spots where my hand wasn't as steady as I'd like.) TIP: before using a painted chalkboard...make sure you "season" it by rubbing the entire surface with the side of a piece of chalk and then washing it off. This allows the surface to be written on smoothly without "holding on to" individual lines.


It sure turned out cute...and I love the little bit of "elegance" that it adds to this little grouping on my kitchen counter!

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AND Don't Forget The FRUGAL FRIDAY LINKY PARTY is TOMORROW!! Come link up and share your great Frugal Decorating Ideas!! I can't wait to see what all my talented readers come up with this time!! Hope to you see you all there!~

50 comments:

Ms. Tee said...

That's so darling! Love it! :)

Becky said...

What a cute idea! I have wanted to get some chalk paint but I have not done it yet. You have great ideas!

Kelsee Webb said...

I've been following your blog for about a week and I have to say that I heart chalk board paint. Its my new favorite medium! I am painting my pantry sliding door with chalk board paint tomorrow! Cute idea! I think I have a few tins like that, might have to add that to my list too! -Kelsee Webb

Holly said...

I love that!! How adorable!!! Leave it to you :):).

Yesterdays post put a smile on my face.

Lisa-Marie said...

V Cute! I think I need one of those!

Marilyn said...

That tray is perfect! Love the fact that it is square. Looks great!

Suzy said...

Cute idea!

Suzy said...

...and by the way, i love that glass jar!

Amy said...

So cute! I have seen so many chalkboard projects, all of which turned out so nice, I have got to give this a try.

Erin said...

Awesome idea. I have never played with chalkboard paint, but now you're making me want too! ack! I don't need another hobby :)

Pam said...

I have seen chalk board paint used on a blue million other projects - but, I have to say that a silver tray wasn't one of them. I totally heart this idea!

~ Donna ~ said...

Thats awesome, I love this idea!!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Adorable!!! :)

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

What an adorable idea - I have a can of chalkboard paint just awaiting!

Jessica - {LivingBetterTogether} said...

So cute! I am also in love w/ chalkboard paint! :)

Kasey said...

who doesn't love a little chalkboard paint huh?!

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

Love it!! I have so much chalk board paint and have so many things I been on the hunt for...now I just need to get painting. :)

Victoria said...

Such a cute piece! I have never heard that about seasoning a chalkboard! Thanks for sharing that tip.

melissa said...

Love those dollar tree trays! What a great idea to use them :) I'll be back to join the party tomorrow!

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

That looks fab-u-lous!! I've never heard of seasoning a chalkboard. Is it too late to do that if I've already written on it?

OK now I need to find a silver tray to make into a chalkboard!! I think it would be great on a serve yourself buffet...like for the holidays with a special message written on it!

DESJ and Company said...

dollar tree?
hmm.
might go today.

mary said...

you never fail to amaze me with your creativeness.

Glitter and Bliss said...

Love....Love...Love it!!!

Kathie @ my net finds said...

that is really cute!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

I just love chalkboard paint! You'd never know that was from the dollar store! Too cute :)!!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Darlene:

I wouldn't worry about seasoning a chalk board if you have already started using it. It's just one of those things that's supposed to improve the "life" of the thing!
*smile*

Cottage Lifestyle said...

Wendy, I love your chalkboard paint idea.

I write a Thrifty Shopping column for examiner.com about searching thrift and antique stores, occasional, rummage and garage sales, flea markets, and dumpsters for deals on used and old items, sharing junking, repurposing, recycling, and decorating tips. I am collecting ideas for an article featuring chalkboard paint ideas. I would love to include your idea. The article would reference that the idea is yours and I would include a link to your blog and photo caption would reference your blog.

You can check out my column at
http://www.examiner.com/x-8761-Thrifty-Shopping-Examiner

Thanks,
Renee

Diana said...

What a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration.

Darlene said...

Very cute!!

Jess said...

Love this idea and love your blog!

paige said...

ridiculously cute!!
i love it over the silver.

precious story on the 3% pillow...how cute is she?!
xo

LuLu said...

Love the little grouping you have! I am so in the mood to paint... hoepfully next week I can get to fun projects!
LuLu

jen&john&maddy said...

Wowser what a great idea! I love it!

Tiffany said...

Super idea! Looks great! Love it! Thanks for sharing! I have never used chalkboard paint before, may have to give it a try. Great tip about how to "season" a painted chalkboard...thanks!

Michelle Bebe said...

super cute! i love how you can "see" what a project can be!

Angie said...

Love the shape and look of the tray! Perfect as a chalkboard!

Elyse said...

this is GREAT! nicely done, wendy!

xo

Jessica said...

posted a pic of my pillow!

Montee said...

This turned out so pretty! You just gave me a great gift idea!

cindy said...

These are fun, I've been playing with them too. I did some vintage trays (that I found at the thrift store) and they turned out really cool.

-c
yapping cat

-Julie said...

That is SUPER cute! Love that idea!

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

I love your blog and now will be able to get updates often by clicking your "follow' button. do you have a button for Frugal Friday. What a great outcome. Would love to participate in the future. Can't wait to check all the ideas out!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I love how it turned out. So cute! And great tip about the side of the chalk. I learned that one the hard way!
Carrie

Wendy said...

that turned out very cute! I love chalkboard paint.

Karla said...

Oooh - I LOVE this! It's perfect! :)

~Karla @ It's The Little Things...

MelanyTN said...

Oh my goodness! How cute is that?!

lambie-pie said...

That's a great idea. I just discovered your blog today and I'm having a great time looking through it. I love the boys room and it has given me some great ideas for my boys room that I will be doing soon- hopefully. I live in the NE too, so now I'm wondering where you are. I live in the Boston area. Can't wait to read more!

Elisabeth

Crafty Niche said...

Too stinking cute!

Madame Monogram said...

I too LOVE chalkboard paint. In college I made a gigantic chalk board out of an entire piece of luon.....sat above our "bar" and looked awesome. Thanks for the wonderful new idea!

talesandtrials said...

I too love chalkboard paint! I especially love it on trays.

Do you happen to know where you got the picture/plate holders that are displaying your tray and little bird picture with? I like how they look kind of dainty. So many I see are really heavy and chunky looking.

Abby

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