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May 17, 2012

From Geek to Chic: Easy Tray Makeover

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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
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  1. Very cute! The little red feet are adorable.

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    1. Thanks Dana! A little secret: even though I removed them, I set them beside another project, so one foot has a tiny splash of silver paint. Oops. I turned it to face inward and no one but me (and now you) will be the wiser.

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  2. Love it! Perhaps you could get the chalk markers like they use a delis and cafes? They create a chalk-like effect but have to be washed off with water. I rarely used my chalkboard (http://myfriendstaci.com/2011/02/11/laundry-list/) for the same reason. Next time I make the attempt, I think I'm gonna pick up one of those markers and see if it makes me more inclined to update my notes-to self!

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    1. You're genius! I had never thought of that!! What a fabulous idea. THANKS!

      P.S. Your chalkboard looks great, what a fabulous place to put one.

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  3. LOVE this! Just found your blog and it's so great! I'll be taking a look at your other DIY's for sure!

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  4. Great idea. I love that brand of chalkboard paint too!

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  5. I love it! Great idea. I want to make a chalkboard cheese board, I just need to get around to doing it.

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  6. Love this project Tanya! The tray looks stunning in black! Happy long weekend! Angie xo

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  7. I love chalkboard paint for project like this! It's very durable and can be used for anything that you want to paint black. And the little red feet and just adorable!

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  8. This looks great in black! Amazing the difference it made!

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  9. I have this tray in all gold...looks great black!!!

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    1. You and I have an eery number of the same, unusual things. Like the painting from the same artist in Paris. Now this tray. Cue the creepy music . . .

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