how to make a chalkboard tray with chalkboard paint
Photo: Monica Buck
This clever custom tray is a perfect way to present a tasting sampler—no more fussing around with labeled toothpicks. At a generous 18 by 24 inches, it's large enough to ferry fixin's for a crowd.

To make it, we covered one side of ¾-inch plywood with two coats of chalkboard paint, then added base-cap molding on top, around the perimeter, to ensure that dishes won't slide off. To finish the edges, we ironed on wood-veneer tape. A coat of stain (Minwax's Provincial) finished the molding and veneer, and sturdy iron door pulls serve as handles.

It was almost as easy as saying "cheese!"
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