Chalkboard Serving Tray

Wooden Tray

My sister sent me a snapshot of this pin and asked if I could make something similar for her. I’ve actually been wanting to do some chalkboard trays so this was the perfect opportunity to try it out! I think this project only took about an hour to finish. I’m definitely going to be making a batch to put in my booth.


(1) 2×12 cut to the desired measurement. This specific tray is 2 ft long.


Chalkboard Paint

Decorative pulls/knobs

I bought one 2×12 at 8 feet long from Home Depot and had it cut into 2ft pieces. Remember, you don’t have to cut it yourself! Just find someone with an orange apron and ask them to cut it for you. After quickly sanding it down with my palm sander (220 grit), I stained it in Special Walnut by Minwax.

Using painters tape, tape off the area you want to paint. Make sure you press down really hard along the tape to prevent any bleeding underneath. I pressed my fingers down and ran them along the tape several times.

If you’ve never used Chalkboard paint, don’t freak out when you open the can and find out it’s blue. It dries black. 🙂

When you’re painting, don’t brush up against the edge of your tape with the bristles of your paint brush. Place your paint brush in the middle of the tape and stroke away from the tape and then repeat the same steps from the other side. This will also help keep your lines clean.

Gently and slowly pull the tape away. I did not wait for the paint to dry before doing this step.

Attach your hardware and condition your chalkboard. If you don’t condition the chalkboard, whenever you write something and erase it, it will leave a stain behind. Take a piece of chalk, lay it flat against the chalkboard and rub it all over the board. Then take a dry paper towel and wipe it off. You’re done!

If you you liked this tutorial, check out this other DIY project!


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