Silver Plated Tray Becomes Chalkboard & Pearls Sign

I really wanted to have something different on the door leading into the guest room, so when I found this $2 silver plated tray at the thrift shop last week I thought it was perfect. I loved its shape, so I decided to turn it into a chalkboard sign.
I wasn’t sure if it would work, but I’ve sprayed a mirror with chalkboard paint here and that worked great so I thought I’d give it a try. I only has $2 to lose.
Here’s my finished sign.
Silver Tray Chalkboard Sign

After I took this photo I realized the spray can was facing the wrong way. lol.  It’s Rustoleum chalkboard spray paint.

White or cream faux pearls to dress up the tray?  I wasn’t sure, so I decided to wait until after the tray was painted to make up my mind.


Silver Tray Chalkboard Sign

Before I started I made sure the tray was nice and clean.  Then I taped off the centre area with painter’s tape. As you can probably see in the photo I used many short pieces of the tape to get around the oval.

Silver Tray Chalkboard Sign

We had a cold spell for a few days so I sprayed the tray in the basement with 3 light coats of chalkboard paint, 2 coats one evening about 30 minutes apart and then a third coat the next night.


Silver Tray Chalkboard Sign

After about an hour I removed the tape and let the tray sit until the next night. I decided that I liked the cream faux pearls better than the white so I applied them around the centre area with my glue gun a few inches at a time.


Silver Tray Chalkboard Sign

And here’s my finished sign on the guest room door.

Silver Tray Chalkboard Sign

I have to say that I’m really loving chalkboard paint lately, and the tray took the paint extremely well. The spray version is so easy and fun to work with, and it’s great to be able to change the message any time I feel like it.

Thanks so much for reading!


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  1. Wow that came up great, it's very pretty. I have never tried chalkboard paint. Btw I saw a tray almost the same as yours and they wanted $10 so great score!

    1. Too cute…I have a silver plated tray I sprayed a really pretty green but that is as far as I got…LOL…now I can finish the project.

  2. And you did it again Tuula – I think you, Danni and Mel should have a face off at this point – really!!!
    It's beautiful – the pearls are a perfect touch !

  3. Love how this looks, Tuula! There's nothing more inviting to a guest than to see "Welcome" on the door or wall. You have really outdone yourself with this one. I must try to do something with chalk paint. I've never tried it and most of the projects I see are fabulously done!

  4. Ok I have the same item that I have not finished. Instead of the center being oval it has the scalloped edge. And it is soooo hard to put the tape around it. I cut tiny pieces of tape for the curves. Any ideas on how to tape off an area that is not straight? I saw on a DIY TV show a spray she put on windows the wiped off after painting the trim..I would appreciate any ideas.

    1. Sounds like a beautiful tray Barbara Ann, and I think the way you're taping it off is probably the best way to do it. The short pieces of tape are how I taped off this tray. A scalloped edge would be much harder of course. I'm sure your project will be fabulous when you're done. Thanks so much for stopping by!
      Tuula 🙂

  5. Chalk this project up as a winner! Loving the silver with the chalkboard paint and the pearls! Do not spoil the guests too much or you will have to write Keep Out to get them to leave.

  6. Pretty project! I adore chalkboard paint!! and that tray is gorgeous.

    Great job!!

  7. Beautiful! What a great idea! Thank you for sharing at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  8. Looks great! Love the idea of adding pearls. I lasted posted about a bunch of silver-plated goodies I found. I really need to do this with the piece that has lots of corrosion!

  9. Tuula, this is so awesome! I love the pearls. It looks so pretty! I just pinned. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent! I hope you are having a wonderful week!! 🙂

  10. Your welcome sign/tray turned out so great and looks especially pretty with pearls around edge. You are much tidier than I am. I made the mistake of buying brush on chalk paint, it's smelly, messy and yukky. At least to me. Think maybe I'm the problem not the paint, just don't have a steady hand and make a mess. Oh well I'll leave it to tidier gals like yourself to do the good jobs. Yours looks so nice. Who'd have known a $2 tray could look that good huh?

  11. great job Tuula! I love anything chalkboard! I too like switching it up and using the spray paint for certain projects. catching you


  12. Kathie LePage says:

    Hi Tuula 🙂 Great project! Even after 3 years lol. How did you hang this beautiful sign?

    1. Thanks Kathie! It’s been so long that I’d totally forgotten. lol. I had to go look at my sign to see. All I did was hot glue a piece of jute twine on the back to act as the hanger. It worked perfectly because this tray is very light.

  13. What a great idea! How do you get all these great ideas? lol. I just happen to have a silverplate tray although it’s round but might work. I have used much Chalk Paint (Annie Sloan’s, CeCe Caldwell’s, etc.) on furniture and wondered how it would work for an actual chalk board. I didn’t know they sold chalkboard spray paint. I must give this a try. My friend has two yearly auctions for her rescue dogs and the theme is always ‘Made with Love’ focusing on artsy items people make. I just might try this for her auction. Thank you for the idea.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      You’re so welcome Debra! Chalkboard spray paint is a great product and I enjoy working with it, and I’m an animal lover with 4 rescued cats so that sounds like a wonderful cause to me.