I don’t know about you but I love entertaining and being the host. I take pride in planning sweet little get togethers for my friends. Living in NYC makes it a little more challenging to entertain though for a mountain of reasons. Personally my biggest struggles come down to space for guests and storage for the items needed to entertain. The literal physical space I have available in my apartment between my roommates and myself is decent but when you start adding more and more people, cute sweet gatherings quickly turn into chaotic ragers. Additionally storage is an issue, especially with entertaining and DIY projects in general. I’d be crafting up a storm every other day if I knew I’d have endless areas in a huge home to display my projects. This problem transcends into my entertaining as well in that I would thoroughly enjoy having eight different types of serving trays with varying styles and sizes for any given special occasion. I however lack this luxury and must be selective in the projects I make and the entertaining ware I keep on hand. It is this selectiveness that drove me to producing this DIY Chalkboard Paint Tray for the wide range of uses I will be able to get out of it!
– a porcelain tray
– painter’s tape (recommended)
– Pēbēo Porcelaine 150 Chalkboard Paint
(be advised, do not use common chalkboard paint. This paint is specific to porcelain)
– a soft bristle brush
– a standard kitchen oven
I chose a very sleek straight edged tray to maintain a minimalist feel. I’ve included links to some other similar trays by Crate & Barrel with slight variations: more rounded edges, flatter lip, shallower, etc. I think the square one would be pretty neat to do as well!
- Tray Preparation
Make sure your tray is clean and dry.
- Painter’s Tape
If desired use painter’s tape to line off the edges of the tray or if you’re feeling adventurous go right along free handing it. I however recommend using the tape to get super crisp lines. If you choose a curved tray though free hand would probably be more ideal.
- Be Mindful of Product
Take into consideration that this particular porcelain paint is not recommended for use on surfaces that come in contact with food. But considering it is water based and non-toxic, I don’t see an issue with placing some crackers or cheese on the paint. Dick Blick actually even suggests painting a dinner plate with this product on their website so I feel like my lack of concern is quite validated.
- Application of Paint
Apply the paint with a soft bristle brush which will have the right consistency for the paint, and is less likely to leave brush marks. I used a brush I had on hand that wasn’t ideally as soft as it should have been but I knew that going in. I honestly wanted the lines and the more makeshift less polished look. If you go my route, just make sure you keep your strokes even and straight. Pēbēo recommends that you use a soft, natural fiber brush, such as a squirrel hair quill or a watercolor brush. I ended up applying multiple thin coats, I believe four in the end (be sure to allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next) Chalkboard Black dries to a hard, flat, black matte finish.
- Tape Removal
Once you complete the final coat of paint, remove the painters tape. Doing this before the paint dries drastically decreases the chances the tape will pull up any paint with it.
- Clean Up Edges
Now is a good time to clean up the edges if any paint bled through your clean line or was unfortunately pulled up. This is when toothpicks come in handy! Since the paint has not been baked yet it isn’t permanent and is incredibly easy to scrape away to ensure you get impeccably clean lines.
- Wait & Bake
Let the paint dry for 24 hours. Follow the baking instructions on the bottle, but they should be to bake the tray in a conventional oven for 35 minutes at 300°F. Once finished, turn off the oven leaving the tray inside to cool down with the oven. Remove at room temperature and it’s ready to use! Now that the paint is baked, it is permanent, microwave oven-safe, safe for common detergents/solvents, and dishwasher-resistant (top rack). Chalk may now be wiped clean and reapplied time after time.
Once you get this project under your belt, you’ll be wanting to chalk up so much stuff! Pēbēo Porcelaine 150 Chalkboard Black paint allows you to design and create a real chalkboard on any slick, non-porous, heat-stable surface; including: porcelain, china, crockery, terra-cotta, glazed earthenware, enameled sheet steel, copper, metal, ceramic, and glass. And Porcelaine 150 chalkboard paint is a medium in a line of 46 brilliant other colors and types. So many possibilities!!
I was very impressed with how well packaged the tray and plates were when I received them from CB2 (I ordered some other additional plates for another upcoming DIY, stay tuned!). But in being so insanely well safeguarded, the boxes were filled with quite a bit of protective packing materials. My momentary mild discouragement over the large amount was quickly put to rest when I read the included message from CB2.
“Packed with care. For you and the planet. We know what’s inside this box is special, so we’ve protected and packed it carefully with GreenWrap and air pads. GreenWrap is 100 percent recyclable paper made from a renewable resource. Both its outer paper and inner tissue can go right in the recycling or composting bin. The air pads we use are 98 percent air and just 2 percent recyclable plastic, so they can be popped, recycled, and rested to make other plastic items. Read more about our eco initiatives at crateandbarrel.com/environment.”
It might still be the dead of winter [albeit it’s been pretty darn warm considering] but it is never too early to start planning for all of the parties and entertaining you’ll be doing over spring and summer! This DIY Chalkboard tray would make a perfect addition to your arsenal of entertaining gear! Not in the mood or too busy to make this one of a kind project yourself? Take a browse at some of the entertaining serve ware offered at Crate & Barrel and CB2 that is sure to make a statement at your next party. Here are some of my favorites of theirs for those upcoming parties in warmer months!
I’ve had this DIY project done for a little while and have just been looking for the right time to post about it. For those of you with a keen eye you might have noticed that I already used this chalkboard tray back around Thanksgiving last year. Not only is this tray great for labeling food, but you can easily turn it into a cute little message board to write decorative notes or phrases. The trim of the plate acts like a picture frame so I bought a simple gold plate stand here on Amazon to display my ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ message on a table near the entrance to my apartment! Check it out here, along with some other Thanksgiving decor and holiday eats!!