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 glass...plus 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!)
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