Repurposed Serving Tray To A Chalkboard Welcome Sign

Posted on May 23, 2013 in Do It Yourself, Gift Ideas, Home Decor, Summer Projects | 0 comments

Summertime is just around the corner and now that the weather is getting nice we are spending a ton of time outdoors.  Along with preparing the garden, doing some spring cleaning, and breaking out the summer decor we added a new welcome sign by the front door.  I received this serving tray almost 9 years ago as a wedding gift, and I bet I used it twice over those 9 years.  It was really  neat and nice, so I didn’t really want to get rid of it, so I decided I would just re purpose it into something that I would use and love.  A can of chalkboard paint and some painters tape took this unused serving tray and transformed it into the perfect welcome sign for the front porch.

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Making this sign was really very simple.  It actually probably took longer to write the message on it with chalk than it did to re purpose the tray.  I had a can of chalkboard paint left over from another project, so I had everything on hand at home to create my message board.  I used blue painter’s tape to tape off the areas around the inside of the serving tray.  I then put on two thin layers of chalkboard paint using a brush (letting each layer dry completely first).

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I added a nice sturdy wire to the back for hanging and that was all there was to it.  My serving tray is now a nice sized chalkboard that I can hang anywhere I like.  I have had it hanging in the house in the kitchen for a while (like in Our summer fun list post) , and now have decided that it would be a nice addition to the front porch to greet our company.

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Check out this great tutorial over at My Sweet Savannah (one of my favorite blogs) that I used on how to turn graphic fonts into awesome chalkboard art!  You basically use a printed message as a “stencil” to get perfectly written, and really interesting fonts in chalk!  You can use any great decorative font and transfer it to a chalkboard!  I print out my words the size I want them, color the backside of each letter in with chalk and then tape them in place where I want them on my chalkboard.  I then use a pencil eraser to rub over the entire letter transferring the chalk image to the chalkboard.  I then remove the paper, fill in around the letters with a thick line of calk, and any any details that I might want.  Fun… and a great way to change things up in your home whenever you want!

 

 

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