Here’s a fun chalkboard paint project. This chalkboard party tray is a fun way to serve snacks at a party, barbecue or any type of gathering. Write a party greeting to your guests on this chalkboard party tray, label what’s being served, or draw a holiday doodle on it.
It’s an easy DIY project that requires only a few materials and tools. Make your party tray as large or small as you like.
Just follow our simple step-by-step tutorial to make your own chalkboard party tray.
Chalkboard Paint Project Instructions
- Wooden board
- Drop Cloth
- Varathane Wood Stain (I used Bleached Blue)
- Varathane Polyurethane
- Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint
- Painter’s tape
- Paint brush
- Lint-free rags
- Cabinet pulls
- Sandpaper (120, 180, 220 grit)
- Super glue (optional)
- Foam roller (optional)
Set up a work space in a well ventilated area (such as a garage). As with any project involving paint or stain, start by setting up a drop cloth.
Next, grab the wooden board of your choice as well as your sand paper.
Sand the entire surface lightly, progressing from 120-grit, to 180-grit, finishing with 220-grit sandpaper.
Always sand in the direction of the grain.
Remove sanding dust by lightly wiping the surface with a clean towel or even an old-t-shirt.
Wipe one coat of Varathane Wood Stain all over the board with a lint-free rag. Wait about three minutes and wipe excess stain away with a clean rag. Allow the stain to dry for one hour.
Apply one coat of Varathane Polyurethane over the entire surface and allow it to dry for two hours.
Tape off the edges with painter’s tape.
The inside of the area you choose is where you want to fill with Chalkboard Paint. The outside area is meant to be left unpainted and showcases the wood stain you’ve chosen.
Brush on one coat of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint. Wait one hour and apply a second coat. Repeat that process with a third coat.
Allow the paint to dry for at least four hours before adding handles (securing with glue or hardware). Then, allow the paint to dry for three days.
Once the paint is dry, condition the chalkboard surface by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over the entire chalkboard area and then erasing the chalk.
Your chalkboard party tray is finished!