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2015 Project Challenge #1: Paint/ Stain- Homemade Chalk Paint and Antique Wax

Hello friends! I'm so excited to share with you today with some very talented bloggers. We will be sharing a Project Challenge each month.  Project Challenge is where six of us are sharing a project each month that is made with a common item. Our theme this month is Paint or Stain.  

So I'm excited to share mine with you today!

I have had this breakfast tray that I got at a yard sale a few years ago. So as you can imagine, it has been on my project "to-do" list for quite some time. I've lost the before picture somewhere in my thousands of pictures, but if you can imagine, it had a Formica style top and dark stained pine frame.
I think I got it for $5. 

I decided to used 3 coats of chalkboard paint on the top since I knew I couldn't sand it. 
I've found this to be such a great solution to surface issues and thought it would be neat to be able to write messages to recipients. 
I then transferred an image onto the top using carbon paper and a pencil. Using a liner brush and an angled brush, I filled in the lettering with acrylic paint. I added "Old Coburg" to be authentic to our area. Coburg is a neat little antique community with all sorts of shops and great places to eat. They have a bed and breakfast, so that was the inspiration.
After adding three coats of homemade chalk paint to the frame, I let it dry over night and then brushed on a layer of Antique wax by FolkArt. I've never tried this before but have always wanted to. It was great to work with. 
After brushing it on, I buffed it down real good. 

I absolutely love the way it turned out!

Now it will be fun to serve breakfast in bed!
What a fun challenge!
Now check out these other AMAZING projects. And come back next month because we are inviting you to join us!  
Our item will be a $5 or under thrift store, garage sale, or Craigslist transformation. The link party will go live the last Friday of February so... 
remember to come back next month for challenge #2!
Beyond the Picket Fence


  1. I love this perfect for breakfast in bed! Great job, Michelle. :o)

  2. Hi. I'm your newest google follower, number 146. You made me sorry I gave away a tray just like that. Will be finding another one and copying yours soon.

    1. Oh darn! I posted a little too late...if you do copy it, I would love to see yours. A project always ends up with it's own customized style. ;)

  3. I love the way this turned out!! It looks so high end now! I'm going to have to look for the wax you used on the wood the color is great!

  4. Cool! I love this! Great job - now to get your kids and hubby to make your breakfast in bed - maybe for Valentine's?!

    1. Great idea Jill, that would make up for all the years of stumbling around it in the garage! LOL

  5. I love your bed and breakfast tray! I have some old trays that can use a re-do, so I might try this!


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