Chalkboard Paint Project: Party Tray with a Message

Article Posted By: Rust-Oleum

Chalkboard Paint Project: Party Tray with a Messag

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

Materials needed for chalkboard party tray project


Step 1

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.

Spreading out a drop cloth in preparation for a chalkboard paint project

Step 2

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.

Sanding wood in a chalkboard paint project

Step 3

Remove sanding dust by lightly wiping the surface with a clean towel or even an old-t-shirt.

Wiping down a piece of wood in a project to make a chalkboard serving tray

Step 4

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.

Applying stain to wood in a chalkboard paint project

Step 5

Apply one coat of Varathane Polyurethane over the entire surface and allow it to dry for two hours.

Painting a chalkboard party tray project

Step 6

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.

Using painter's tape to mark off an area of a chalkboard party tray DIY project

Step 7

Brush on one coat of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint. Wait one hour and apply a second coat. Repeat that process with a third coat.

Painting chalkboard paint to create a chalkboard party tray

Step 8

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.

Adding cabinet hardware to DIY chalkboard party tray project

Step 9

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.

Rubbing chalk onto a surface painting with chalkboard paint

Your chalkboard party tray is finished!

Chalkboard Paint Project: Party Tray with a Message

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