Thursday, June 25, 2009

Easy Peasy DIY Message Board

K, so are you guys ready for a project anyone can do? I bet even your little brother could manage this one! All it takes is a tray, some painters' tape, chalkboard spray paint, and ribbon.

First, find yourself a silver-looking tray of some kind.
You can pick one up super cheap at a thrift store- I have yet to see a thrift store without a plethora of silver plated or faux silver trays/platters. However, I actually picked mine up at the dollar store.. whenever inspiration strikes, go for it!

You can grab painters' tape anywhere from Lowe's to Wal-Mart. Heck, masking tape will even work.

Chalkboard spray paint: I stopped at our local Menards and all they had was a quart-size can for $12.. time to keep looking. Then, of course, I found some at Wal-Mart for $4. Score.I chose white grossgrain ribbon to complete my project. However, you can get whatever works with your decor.
Tape off the outside rim of your tray with painters' tape. Then give the inside a good 3-4 coats of the chalkboard spray paint. When it dries, remove the tape. Then attach two pieces of ribbon to the top sides of the tray with whatever you choose (duck tape, hot glue.. whatever- no one will see it) and tie in a bow at the top. Write a little note with some chalk & hang it on your wall, and voila!
My little guy actually served a dual purpose, much like these shelves. Wanna see what I covered up?? ...thought so!
You can't exactly rip a phone jack out of the wall when you're renting, so covering it up is the best option! We went from this:

To this:

Much better, don't you think? And it's a lovely reminder that we'll be enjoying the lake very soon! :) What have you all done with chalkboard paint? Isn't it an awesome invention?


Lucy Marie said...

Very cute. It's been added to my "Amazing things inspired by C that I am going to make" list

Domestic Princess said...

Such a great idea! I think I might do this in our guest bedroom redo.

Embellished Bayou said...

Great job! You should link to this post over on The Shabby Chic Cottage, she's having a chalkboard party:

Laurie said...

That is so cute!! && It's something that even I could pull off. :-)

I had an ugly red emergency boiler switch I wanted to cover up. I ended up just buying some clearance pictures from West Elm, but this would have been a much cheaper alternative. Thanks for posting!


That looks great - and easy! I have a couple of those trays in my basement right now. Guess what is going to happen to them!!!!
Thanks for sharing.

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Love that! What a smart way to cover that unslightly plug. Great idea!

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Such a fun idea! Love the ribbon detail, just too cute!
Thanks for joining in!

Marie said...

Love your chalkboard tray! Thank you for sharing!


TattingChic said...

It's not just a's a DISGUISE! Ooooh! Very nice! :)

Pam said... serves for two purposes!!! Great job! :)

{ L } said...

This is adorable! LOVE how you hung it by a ribbon!

Kirby3131 said...

I have several of those trays that are just languishing in my closet. What a fabulous idea to cover up those bad bad phone outlets in the middle of the wall.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

I adore all of your chalkboards! What creativity!

Jen B said...

Great cover up! Love how you added the ribbon as well : )

Krystle said...

My mom has painted part of the wall with a magnetic chalkboard paint and the other side with a whiteboard paint. She uses it as a message center. It's great!