Wandering the thrift stores, coffee in hand is one of my favorite things to do over a weekend! I love sifting thru cast away items and discovering new projects buried within them. The small projects are my favorite! In my crazy, day-to-day world (with 3 littles under 7) I seldom have time to see any project to completion (or conversation for that matter) in any swift amount of time. So, being able to complete something from start to finish the very.same.day gives me an enormous sense of joy. I simply love instant gratification!
One item I often see at thrift stores are these old breakfast trays.
With their white board tops and blond wood frames, it is easy to see why they’re a popular toss away item… they feel seriously dated. But wait, don’t pass them up! They are SO.EASY to transform! With a little stain and chalkboard paint, I’ll show you how to make these dated little trays irresistible! Just think of the possibilities… breakfast in bed for your honey? sick kiddo? serve ’em up some homemade chicken noodle soup alongside a “get well” message to make them feel better! Or, place in a guest room with a sweet little note to welcome your guests and make them feel extra special!
BREAKFAST TRAY TUTORIAL
(I scored this tray for $3 fYI!)
First, start off by cleaning your tray down. If you’ve saved it from the thrift store, chances are it is fairly dusty!
Next, stain the wood. I used Minwax Special Walnut, which is one I had on hand already. I use this color on lots of projects and a little goes a long way. I love the warm, rich look of it.
Once the stain has dried, it’s time to apply the chalkboard paint!I found this little bottle in the dollar section of Target. It only cost $1! But if you can’t find it there anymore, I found the same Americana Chalkboard paint here. Tape off the sides, as to not soil the newly stained wood, and grab a small paint brush.Apply two coats, one vertically and one horizontally, letting it dry one hour between coats.
Remove tape and enjoy!