Do you want to make a DIY chalkboard? Why not change an old wooden TV tray into more than just a place for food.
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I found this old TV tray at a garage sale for $1. I grabbed it fast because I knew just how to up-cycle it as a gift for my brother using Dixie Belle Paint, sports stickers, & stencils!
Here is the before picture.
Here are the materials you’ll need to make a chalkboard tray
Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue
Dixie Belle Florida Orange
Dixie Belle Gator Hide
Here are the instructions for making your own chalkboard
Let’s get started…
You’re going to add 3 layers of Dixie Belle Paint and let it dry after each layer. I’ll be using the Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue for this portion. You will put one coat on horizontal, the second coat you’ll put on vertically, and the last coat you’ll put on horizontally again. Let this dry completely.
Next you’ll add your optional stickers/decals.
Finally, you’ll add the optional stenciling. You can either stencil on the team name, or personalize it by adding their name. I will be using Dixie Belle Florida Orange for this part.
When the stenciling is dry, you will add 3 coats of Dixie Belle Gator Hide over the stickers and stenciled name/team only. Follow the directions that come with the gator hide and let dry completely.
Lastly, take a piece of chalk and season the rest of the tray. To season the tray – lay a piece of chalk on it’s side and rub the whole tv tray both vertically and horizontally. After this is done, wipe off with an eraser or paper towel.
This step allows the chalk to erase after you are done using it. If you skip this step and use the chalk, it is likely that your writings will stay on the paint and will not remove all the way.
You can skip this step if you want as well and instead coat the entire tray with the Dixie Belle Gator Hide.
I made this for my brother’s birthday, I hope he likes it 🙂
Besides eating on this tray, you can play games like tic tac toe, hang man, keep score, doodle, etc. If the tray needs to be cleaned off – use a damp rag to wipe it clean, and you will need to season the tray with chalk again.
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