Welcome your family to dinner, post the menu or keep track of important memos on a chalkboard memo board crafted using a metal tray.
The metal tray used for this project is a style that was more popular decades ago, but people don’t seem to use them much anymore. Real silver trays were handed down in the family to be used for very special occasions, but the fake silver ones (the ones I suggest for this project) tended to become discolored with rusty spots.
Drill a couple of holes along the edge to thread a cord through for hanging. The size of the holes need to be big enough for the cord to slide through. Before drilling, hammer a nail on the tray where the holes will be to indent the metal. This will prevent the drill from slipping.
Paint the entire front of the tray white or cream. If desired, you can paint the back, put it isn’t necessary. Allow the paint to dry.
Add the chalkboard paint. Paint inside the border of the tray. Since this tray was round, masking off the edges was not possible. Allow the paint to dry and apply 1-2 more coats.
Lightly sand the border to distress.
Seasoning: New chalkboards require seasoning. If they are not seasoned, the writing from chalk will ghost your chalkboard even after it has been erased. Lay a bit of chalk on your tray and rub in all different directions.
Wipe off with a chalkboard eraser or soft dry cloth. Test a small area for ghosting. If needed, season again.
Thread your hanging cord through the holes and adjust for the length you prefer. Knot the ends to hold.
My hanging cord was knotted in the back. You can easily reverse this to knot in the front if you like that look better.
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