So I have a toddler. A loud, boisterous, fun-loving, dare-devil, whirling dervish BOY toddler. My little man can turn a clean room into a disaster zone faster than you can blink an eye. He can leap off of furniture in the time it takes to yell 'NOOOOOO'. He can run faster than a gazelle (ok, I have never really tried to catch a gazelle but you get the point). So although a nice quiet activity book is in my list of crafty projects to complete (in evernote, I might add), it's scheduled start is a few months off. Yes, I schedule craft projects. Yes, I am odd. I know it, I embrace it, it's just who I am. Soooo back to the activity tray. Like I said, the little guy is a little, um...active. But we do still have those times when he needs to play quietly (like now, now would be a good time...no? ok then, resume jumping like jimmy supafly snooka off your piano stool)
Enter my awesome Dollar Store find. I was originally thinking uber cheap pottery barn-esque chalkboard tray. But then my crafty genius alter-ego had a brilliant idea... since the tray is tin (or, some sort of metal) and it's a small (12"x8" or so) I thought, why not make a magnetic, chalkboard activity tray for the peanut! It was oh-so-simple and oh-so-adorable. I wish I had taken a before and some during pictures, but when I started this, I wasn't thinking tutorial. So here's my explanation....
- Paint incredibly cheap, $1 tin tray with spray paint, I used 3 coats for nice, solid coverage
- Let the spray paint dry for a few days
- Use chalkboard paint to paint the flat part of the tray, I used 3 coats of the chalkboard paint with a sponge brush
- Let the chalkboard paint for several days to ensure that it is completely cured
- Using painter's tape, completely mask off the chalkboard painted section
- Paint one last coat of your chosen spray paint color (this step is to give a nice, crisp edge to the chalkboard part - if you have a steady hand and/or don't care about a crisp edge, steps 5 & 6 are certaintly not necessary)
- Let the final coat of paint dry at least overnight and carefully peel off the tape
- Cure the chalkboard part per the directions on the can
- Sit back and admire your work!