DIY: Turn an old metal tray into a chalkboard message centre

I’ve always had a thing for serving trays. I’ve collected a lot of them over the years and have used them on many occasions.  When I saw this one in a free box at a yard sale I knew instantly what I was going to do with it.

metal silver tray

I wanted a chalkboard message board for my recently reorganized office/craft space (more on that in future post).

Trays like these can be found at almost every thrift store so this type of project is very inexpensive to produce. I opted not to tape off the inside but to paint it all black.  I wanted it to look like it was old and a bit worn. I sprayed it lighter on the edges so a bit of the silver color still shows through.

painted tray


I purchased this chalkboard spray paint at my local Home Hardware and followed the manufacturer’s instructions. I only needed to do two coats.



The hubs was nice enough to drill a hole in the top so I could hang it on my office wall.

Chalk it up to good luck, I had this cute little set of magnets sitting in my desk drawer waiting to be used.


At the moment it is being used as a memo board but as soon as I can find some chalk it will be able to serve double duty.

memo board

From a free old metal tray to a chalkboard message centre  – that’s definitely A Wandaful Thing!


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