So after we made the painted chalkboard tray, we really liked it and decided to make more chalkboard trays. We chose a really simple design and were debating whether to finish it with teak oil or danish oil.
Finally, we decided to make it with both the finishes, because the process was almost the same for both.
So, we're making two different serving trays in this project.
If you missed our painted chalkboard tray project, check it out here.
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How to build the serving trays with handles
Step 1: First take a 12 inch wide, ¾ inch thick board and mark a length of 24 inches for the two trays.
Step 2: Cut out boards for both the trays with a circular saw.
Step 3: Once the boards are ready, sand the boards with a random orbital sander all the way from 120 grit to 220 grit until it is super smooth for applying the oil finish.
Step 4: After both the boards are sanded and ready for finishing, first start with the teak oil finish.
Apply teak oil liberally on the first board. There's non need to apply teak oil on the center part of the front side of the board because that part is to be painted using the chalkboard paint.
Step 5: Apply teak oil completely on the bottom side of the tray.
Step 6: For the second board apply danish oil similar to how we applied the teak oil.
Step 7: 15 minutes after applying the danish oil, wipe down the excess oil from both boards. Apply another coat of danish oil, if there is unevenness or if you think the appearance is too light.
Step 8: Now it's time to do the painting. Mark an outline 1-1/2 inches from the edge of the danish oil board for fixing painter's tape before doing the painting.
Step 9: Carefully fix the painter's tape along the outline of the danish oil tray making sure that it is perfectly straight.
Step 10: After this, repeat the same steps for the teak oil tray as well.
Step 11: After both the boards are taped up, start spray painting the teak oil board. We used Rustoleum chalkboard spray paint for the painting. Shake the can continuously for 1 minute before doing the painting to ensure the paint is uniformly mixed. Spray the paint back and forth with a uniform motion keeping the can about 20 cm away from the board.
Tip: For an even finish, keep your wrists straight and spray without rotating your wrists.
Step 12: After the painting, remove the tape. Honestly, it was so satisfying to peel away the tape to reveal the completed tray.
Step 13: After this, apply paint on the danish oil board as well, just like the previous one and remove the tape after painting.
Step 14: After this step fix the tray handles for the teak oil board. Measure and mark the center of the handles and drill the holes for them. Then screw the brass pulls in with a screw driver.
Step 15: Repeat the same steps for the danish oil board as well.
So, that's it! The serving trays are ready to use after a bit of drying. If you maintain it well, this is a gorgeous rustic decor piece for your home. In my opinion, the teak oil board looks a tad bit nicer!
If you liked this build, you should check out our painted kitchen tray build with chalkboard paint .
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- 3/4 in by 10 in board
- Teak Oil
- Danish Oil
- Chalkboard Paint
- Painter's Tape
- Brass cabinet pulls
- Circular Saw
- Random Orbital Sander
- Cut the boards to 12 in x 3/4 in x 24 inch size for the trays
- Sand the boards up to 220 grit using sander
- Apply teak oil finish on the first tray and danish oil finish on the second tray
- Fix painter's tape on an outline 1-1/2 inches from the edge of both the boards
- Spray paint the board using chalkboard spray paint
- Remove painter's tape and drill the holes for the handles
- Screw the handles in on the trays using a screwdriver.
Fix the painter's tape carefully to avoid any spreading of paint outside the intended portion.