Since I still have nearly a full jar of chalkboard paint from my pantry organization project, I've been looking for ways to use it without, you know, just painting a whole wall. Our kitchen opens into the living room and so it's short on walls I can paint black.
I've had a few chalkboard trays in my Etsy shopping cart for a while now. I thought one would be cute for welcoming guests, writing notes, or planning menus. I decided to one-up the ones I found online by sticking magnets on the back and using it on the fridge.
Here's how I did it:
First, I hunted down trays to use. I looked at Target, but the ones there were too Christmas-y or cheap looking and it felt silly to buy a new tray and just paint over it anyway. Driving home a new way the other day, I happened to pass a Goodwill. I found two trays that would work perfectly for this. They were ludicrously inexpensive. And a little dirty.
Once I cleaned my new trays, I put on my painting pants (I seem to stain everything I wear when I'm within 20 feet of an open paint can) and got started.
Yes, I'm working outside. It was a 70 degree day in November in New England and I wasn't about to let it go to waste. And yes, I always look this good. It's not just when I'm crafting.
As you can see above, the first layer of paint wasn't enough. I waited for them to dry and did two more layers.
Once the paint was dry, I broke out the other items for this project - chalkboard pens*, Velcro, magnets, and some leftover ribbon. I glued the magnets to the bottom of the trays, stuck a piece of Velcro on the side of the trays and to the chalk pen, and glued the ribbon between the chalk pen and the tray.
I gave the white and green tray to my mother-in-law and stuck the silver one up on our fridge. Don't judge my weekly menu... I'm not Jaisa!
*after a few days of using this, I switched to just using regular chalk. The chalkboard pen is SUPER hard to wash off of the tray. No need to get fancy.