Metal Multi Use Tray Upcycle

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I found this metal tray in a pile of free stuff.  I brought it home because I knew I could upcycle it into a multi use tray!

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Here is the original tray. It had been painted once and the paint job was uneven, and didn’t do the tray justice.

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I started by sanding the old paint off to create a smooth surface. Once sanded, I washed it clean off all dirt and debris.

I then painted the entire tray with Folk Art Chalkboard paint and let that dry completely.

After the tray had dried, I seasoned the chalkboard. Color in the entire surface with chalk.

Then erase the chalk. This is to prevent writing from sticking on the chalkboard paint and making it erasable.

You can use the chalkboard tray for games, and it’s great for a lap tray as well.

You can make it a message board.

Or I opted to add a Folk Art Holiday stencil and held it down with Plaid stencil tape.

I then used Folk Art Erasable Liquid Chalk. It’s really cool stuff. Slide it over the stencil and the chalk comes out.

I carefully peeled up my stencil and let the liquid chalk dry. Then I placed it on my front porch for everyone to see. You could change this up for every season.

One thing I looked for but couldn’t find yet that I wanted to add/note.  You could also use those seasonal magnets they sell at Dollar Tree.  You can use them on refrigerators, doors, and they would work on this metal tray as well.  Change them up seasonally and great for kids.

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  1. This is such a great DIY! I love that you took something that didn’t look so great and gave it a new life!

    1. You are so sweet, thank you so much Candice – I really appreciate it.

  2. Naomie Moore says:

    Fantastic upcycle! I have never used liquid chalk, now I want to try! ? Another great craft, thanks for sharing. ?

    1. Thank you so very much my friend. How are things in California?

  3. Such a cute a clever idea! Great addition to the front porch. I love upcycling and repurposing found items!

  4. What a great project! ! I’m a big stenciling fan. I’ll have to try that Folk Art Chalkboard Paint. Very handy! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About!

    1. Thank you Crissy and yes that liquid chalk is so fun to work with. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. I have a metal tray that i’ve had tucked away for several years now waiting for a makeover. I’m still not quite sure what I want to do with it but this is a great idea!

    1. Thank you Julie and I hope you find the inspiration you need to make it over. It’s so fun to give old things new life 🙂

  6. Marilyn Lesniak says:

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.

  7. Erasable liquid chalk – sounds like cool stuff! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJs!

    1. Thanks Ann and yes, it’s super easy and fun to use. I’m so very excited to use it some more.

    1. Thank you so much Dee, fun to be a part of the party 🙂 and thanks for the Pin.

  8. Super cute idea, Chas! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About! (Love the idea with the magnets!)

    1. Thank you so much Julie – and thanks for sharing your favorite 🙂 See you at the next party.

  9. How did I not know about this erasable liquid chalk…I can see my chalkboard getting a whole new life! YAY!

    1. Thanks Chloe! It’s really pretty cool and easy to work with – lots of possibilities.

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