Pssst . . . have you entered my current giveaway for a chance to makeover some of your furniture?
Right now, probably because it's yard sale season and I've been yard saling my little heart out, I've been rocking the $1.00 projects. It started with the $1.00 railing makeover, then yesterday's $1.00 necklace-to-key-chain project and today . . . you guessed it . . . a $1.00 tray re-furbish.
I found this tray at a church rummage sale and loved the shape but not the ugly shiny blue with the 80s shiny gold and the odd little red rubber feet. What an ugly duckling!
After I spray painted our knife block with Krylon chalkboard spray paint, we forgot to store it inside for the winter (along with the remnants of a couple other cans). While the Tremclad spray paint cans bit the dust, the Krylon seemed fine so I thought I'd experiment on the tray. I'd rather use the paint than waste it, but was hesitant about using it on something "good". Happily, the little tray was a success!
We're using the newly-cute tray in the hall, on the useless table, but I haven't actually finished the chalkboard process (rubbing it with the side of chalk and wiping it off). While I think it would be a great place to write reminders we'd see before leaving the house ("take the garbage out"), Hubby thinks we'll just coat our stuff with chalk dust. I think he might be right (AGAIN) because, although no one ever mentions how dusty chalk is, it sure does create a mess. I don't doodle as much as I thought I would on the knife block for this reason.
But I have the option. Chalkboard or not, I love the matte black look.
For now, it's chic and the little rubber feet look cute, not weird. They actually connect the red accents from the kitchen and I love the punch of black in the hallway. Another $1.00 well spent!
I have found the Krylon chalkboard paint to be durable: no scuffs or dings. It creates a "tough, slate-like surface" so I didn't prime first. I'll let you know how it stands up to wear and tear. But I can say, after 9 months, the knife block (despite being stabbed repeatedly when I miss the slots, and being washed often because I am a neat-freak) looks exactly like it did when I first painted. NO wear! Sweet.
P.S. I'm linking up here: Lesley's Super Sweet Thursday Par-tay, Polly Want a Crafter? Craft Party