DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

Perfect for appetizers, fruit, and cheeses, this DIY chalkboard serving tray is a clever way to present refreshments to guests. A solid serving tray is a must for entertaining; keep it on a snacking table at holiday parties or gift it to a new homeowner. This tray is a breeze to construct and is much more affordable than a custom piece from a retailer. Scrap toothpicks and food place cards, now all you need is a piece of chalk to label refreshments accordingly. Tip: Etch on a monogram or decorative design and keep it protected forever under a sealant. 

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1. Cover one side of ¾” plywood with two coats of chalkboard paint.


Chalkboard paint is also available in a wide variety of colors now; Prima Marketing Chalkboard Paint, Golden Olive


If you want to save your artwork forever with a sealant, coat the board with a layer or two of glossy finish.


2. Add base-cap molding on top and around the perimeter.


3. Iron on wood-veneer tape to finish the edges.

4. Add a stain coating.


5. Attach sturdy drawer pulls for handles.

(This idea originally appeared in This Old House magazine. Author // Michelle Brunner. Photo // Monica Buck.)

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso
Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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