Metal Tray Up-cycle


I found this metal tray at an antique mall for $1 and thought it would be perfect for an up-cycle project into a Magnetic Calendar/Memo board.
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I could have just painted the tray, but I've been inspired by the wonderful Mod Podge posts created by Gail over at http://plumperfectandme.blogspot.com/ so I decided to give it a try. If you haven't checked out her amazing projects yet, you are missing out!
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I spray painted my tray white. I put an extra coat on the sides of the tray. I wasn't concerned with the center as I would be painting that with chalk board paint eventually.
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I coated a side and over the lip underneath with Mod Podge. I took a napkin and placed it over the Mod Podge and using a paint brush and water I carefully worked away any wrinkles. I covered all four sides using the same process and left it to dry overnight.
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Using a ruler as a straight edge and a razor blade, I trimmed away the extra napkins.
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I covered and taped the sides of the tray in preparation for the chalk paint center.
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I used spray chalkboard paint and covered the center of the tray with 3 coats and let it dry overnight.
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Using a paint marker, and a ruler to measure the distance between the lines and a scrap piece of foam board as a straight edge, I drew lines for the calendar.
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I glued a magnet to the back of a few Scrabble tiles to represent the days of the week, and I painted them. Using chalk markers, I added in the month and the dates in the squares.
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Here is the finished project.
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