Thrift Store Tray Turned "Menu" Chalkboard

I can find these old metal trays at the thrift store all day long...and so can you!
They are great for painting for decorative purposes...or turning into a chalkboard like I did with this on. I transferred a "menu" graphic, painted it in and now have a cute little menu to write on when guests come over!
I love chalkboards! You can turn just about anything into one.
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White for this one.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite for the "chalkboard". No, it's not chalkboard paint but does share some of the same properties as chalkboard paint so if left unsealed will "act" as a chalkboard. I've made many using it!
Transferred image from The Graphic's Fairy.
Painted it it with the white pen....
Lightly sanded and done. Stop by the blog for more details AND more projects!

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3 questions
  • Betty
    on Feb 16, 2017

    I am new with trying to learn how to do chalk painting. Can you get it in a spray because it is so expensive when trying to purchase it. Someone said you could make it but dont have the instructions. Thanks for your help.

    • LaNell
      on May 10, 2019

      I agree with you wholeheartedly. I'd rather do a little prep work, use flat paint which lasts longer, then the wax.

  • Robert Rusk
    Robert Rusk
    on Jul 8, 2017

    That's BEAUTIFUL I want to start with, great idea. What I would like to know is did you have to do any sanding or prep before using the chalk paint. Thanks-----Gigi
  • Barbara McMeel
    Barbara McMeel
    on Jun 23, 2018

    I used spray chalkboard paint on a

    metal cookie sheet but if anything sharp touches it, the paint easily scrapes off. Any suggestions on how to prevent this? Also it seems hard to erase...what am i doing wrong?

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  • Lainie Jo
    Lainie Jo
    on May 4, 2015

    I have an old tray like this my mother gave me, now I know what to do with it vs. it sitting in the cabinet taking up space!!

  • Mon20283091
    on Feb 9, 2017

    Yes love it & love Annie Sloan chalk paint I've use it a few times💋

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