DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray Tutorial and YouTube Video

How fun is our chalkboard serving tray guys!?  These are great for entertaining, centerpieces and they also make great gifts!  Check out our video on how to make your own here!

Chalkboard and Wood Serving Tray


We purchased a 2×12 framing board from Home Depot.  It was about $13 and we are able to make 3 trays!  We used a 10″ sliding compound miter saw to cut these.  If you don’t have a saw, you can have your hardware store make these cuts for you!

DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray Tutorial


We cut our board 24″ long.  You can make yours as long as you want!

First step… Stain your board!  We used Provincial by Varathane for ours.

Varathane Wood Stain Provincial

Because we are staining such a small piece, we just used wiping cloths to apply our stain and wipe off the excess.

wipe stain

After your stain dries, tape off the edges and sides using painter’s tape.

tape off board


Now for chalkboard spray paint… We love this stuff!

Just give the exposed wood a coat of it.

Rustoleum_Chalkboard_Spray_PaintNow for the hardware!

You can have so much fun with this part!  We used simple rustic pulls, but you can change yours up to fit your taste or give it a different look!

attach hardware

We are lovin’ it!!  You can easily make these for around $15 a piece which makes them perfect as gifts!

Thanks for stopping by!

Be sure to check out the video on YouTube!



  1. Carrie on December 20, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Beautiful and incredibly easy project. Thank you!!!

  2. Nichole Caten on December 12, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Hey ladies,
    What about sealing and cleaning this? It cant be sanitary to put food on top of stain and spray paint without a barrier in between right?

    • Jessica Jimenez on March 13, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      would love to know the answer to this question i would imagine uou need to seal this question is what to use…

    • Nikita Raj Raikwar on September 12, 2017 at 5:45 am

      Oh now that you mention it, I am equally curious.

    • Sara M | Norman Street Designs on October 27, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      I am wondering this too…

    • Cheryl Brandstatter Devoto on December 3, 2017 at 8:59 am

      There is a barrier – the bowls. The food is not directly on the chalkboard paint.

  3. cindy on December 11, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Where did you purchase the pulls? I am having a difficult time finding pulls that screw in from the top.

  4. Kate Karatas on November 27, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Did you sand the boards first?? I am not getting the spray paint not to leak under the tape?? Any help/ideas?

  5. Gaby Hallon on August 18, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Love it!!! Could you create a rotating dvd stand. We have probably 700 DVDs and I would like to put them on a rotating stand. The ones that I had before broke down on my last move

  6. Jamie K on August 18, 2016 at 5:08 am

    Love Love this tray! Would be a fun and easy project! thank you!

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