Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Upcycle: Old frame into chalkboard serving tray!

I've been on the lookout for an old wooden serving tray for months now. The plan was to paint the bottom with chalkboard paint, so one could label what she was serving guests. Brilliant! Only I haven't seen a tray at any of the second hand stores I've visited.

Then I had a light bulb moment (If you haven't seen Despicable Me, it went something like this.) where I decided to use an old picture frame instead. More brilliant!

I rushed to my local thrift store and found a lovely framed poem about marriage for $7. A little spendy, but it was a great frame, with this is a Christmas gift, so I didn't mind spending a little more to get just what I was looking for.

Anyhoo... If you'd like to make one of these, here's how to do it.

Take the backing off your frame and disassemble it. Sand the frame down so you take all the varnish off. If, at this point, you feel like your frame doesn't look rustic enough, try this tip for instantly aging wood. (Really, check it out. It will be the best thing you've learned all year. Promise!)

If you're happy with the frame, wash it off, let it dry completely, then stain. I chose a dark mahogany.

While the stain is drying, you'll paint your glass with chalkboard paint. Word to the wise: try using a primer coat of something meant for glass. The chalkboard paint I used was not specifically designed for glass so I had a bit of a problem with it at first. So prime your glass...or find a chalkboard paint you can use on glass.

When it's dry, prime the painted surface by rubbing chalk on it, then wiping it off.

Put the glass and backing back into the frame and bend the staples back down around it to secure. If you're a geek like me who happens to have a ginormous roll of kraft paper, you can finish off the back of the frame.

Simply cut the craft paper to the size of your frame and use Tacky Glue around the edges.

Now you're ready to throw a party!

Or share a bottle of wine with the one you love. (Who is sure to comment on your ingenuity and crafting skills!)


Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

OH, I love this! I think I am going to have to do one of these for our upcoming Christmas party!

Lynne said...

Saw this on Craftgawker-very cool! A great gift for anyone!

The Rosegarden in Malevik said...

Very cute.....I really like the idea :)
and do not miss.....




It is fun :)
HÃ¥kan ( The Roseman)

Audra @ The Kurtz Corner said...

Love this! Thanks for linking up! I shared this on my FB fan page :)

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀@ A Lapin Life said...

Your tray looks wonderful and festive.


E. Charlotte said...

What a fantastic idea! I really love how this came out! Very chic. :)

Pat said...

Just a perfect idea! I bet you'll be seeing lots of copy cats! I may be one of them.....

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

Great idea. Very often I want to identify party foods. Now, finally, here's an approach that's handsome, stylish, easy to imitate (thanks to your excellent tutorial), and that looks SO much better than little signs and labels sticking up.

I found you at Handy Man, Crafty Woman.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Great idea and the frame turned out to be the perfect color. Beautiful Thanks for joining TTT and Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty

Mindie Hilton said...

Thanks for sharing at bacon Time, I will be featuring your post on Thursdayd :)

Erica said...

What a great idea, Kellie! Have you ever worked with chalkboard vinyl? It's pretty awesome stuff, and might be easier to work with than paint on the glass.
Thanks for sharing this great idea! I'll have to give it a try!

janmadeit said...

Great idea! I'm making chalkboards out of everything these days, but never thought to use the tray to label the foods.
I would be afraid of breaking the glass if I treated it too rough though. I'd want to figure a way to hang it on the wall when not in use. (without having the hangar on the back scratch my table when I use it... hmmm?) I could use it as a memo board, AND more importantly, I wouldn't pile it with something that could break it.
And I want to find out more about that chalkboard vinyl Erica mentions in the previous comment. That sound interesting!

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

It looks great! Thanks for linking my wood-aging technique!

Have a great day.

Chris said...

Hi Kellie, what a great idea. Thanks for sharing. I've been looking for a tray myself to do something like this. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Jen Ell said...

This is such an awesome idea. I featured it on my blog today.

mariahjean said...

I found this on CraftGawker last week and decided to make one. It's great to see where it came from, your tutorial is really helpful.

I bought a frame at the dollar store last week (although now I think it is a little thin). Where do you recommend buying chalkboard paint?

Kellie Brown said...

@mariahjean ~ I used the brand they sell at Hobby Lobby and add a new coat once in awhile as needed. I did just buy some vinyl chalkboard paper that sticks on. I haven't tried it yet, but will do so very soon!