My New Chalkboard (please don’t be mad)

My two older sisters came for a visit back in January. I haven’t seen them lately and it was good catching up. The fact that they came for down for a visit really has nothing to do with this post except to lead up to my going to the Goodwill store.

Living out in the country, we have to plan when we go into town. We can’t just “run to the store.” Since I was meeting them in town, I decided to do a little shopping while I was there. So, after we had our wonderful lunch and visit and said our goodbyes, I headed to the Goodwill. 

That is where I found this beaut! 

repurposed tray

I love trays like this! I love the flowers and the colors and just everything about it. But as soon as I saw it my mind said “chalkboard!!” 

What? Yes, I turned this beautiful tray into a chalkboard. Please, don’t be mad.

IMG_9794I lovingly cleaned the dust and dirt off of it. 

 I debated about making it a chalkboard.

IMG_9795Then I hit the button on the spray can and there was no turning back! 

Because it wasn’t a very warm day, in the low 60’s (but a heat wave at the time), and the next day was in the 40’s, and I was painting my tray on the same day, I didn’t take pictures of the process. I just tell you

I painted the sides first. I painted them white. I let them dry as best I could, in a hurry to use the pretty day, then I covered them with painters tape. The tape was to protect the side while I painted the bottom of the tray. Then I put a couple of coats of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard paint on the bottom. (I wasn’t paid or got anything to say that.) 


Then I peeled off the tape and had a chalkboard.

 What do ya think?

IMG_0177 A couple of days after I finished it, our first winter storm was predicted. Remember the one where everyone got stuck in Atlanta? Yea, that storm. I was so excited about snow, I wrote “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” on the board. haha

I need to add some hangers on the back and decide where I want to put it. 

There is one little thing I don’t like about it. Every now and then, when I’m writing on it and I hold the chalk just right, it makes that “fingernails down the board” sound. I just made you cringe, didn’t I? Sorry! 

My chalkboard reminds me of Philippians 1:6 “He would started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” God takes something that is worn and not so pretty and makes it into something beautiful. That’s good, because I need all the help I can get! 

What have you repurposed? Do you have any tips to share?

I would love to hear all about it! 



About Jayne

I am a housewife desperate to give my heart and home to the Lord. I like to share with others what the Lord has taught to me. Taking care of my family and home are my passion. I like to craft and decorate and to share the ideas I come across with others. I try to find ways to incorporate crafting and decorating with sharing my faith in Jesus.
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10 Responses to My New Chalkboard (please don’t be mad)

  1. Butch Dean says:

    And a fine chalkboard it is.

  2. Aren’t you being all crafty! I would have never thought about truning a tray into a chalkboard, but it turned out really great! I like it!

  3. pattisj says:

    I like it better as a chalkboard. What a fun item to have.

  4. Jayne,

    A chalkboard tray sounds like something crafty you would make. :) Good job. I was most impressed with the neat handwriting for the verse. That seems harder to do.

    Re your comment on my post “Do You Feel It Calling You?” It sounds like we have some similar passions and hobbies. Thanks for praying for me at the conference. It seemed to go wonderfully! Thanks to God.

    Georgia sounds warm and green right now. :) Minnesotans everywhere are creeping incredulously outdoors with temps in the 40s this week

    Jennifer Dougan

    • Jayne says:

      Thank you, Jennifer! I had to erase a lot to get it like I wanted it. That’s the teacher coming out in me.
      I’m glad the conference went well! I just know God was at work in it.

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