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.)