DIY: Chalkboard Trinket Tray


​This project is a little cross between a wooden box and a trinket tray.  It’s a simple project but makes for a very handy organizer that can be utilized for everyday use or for entertaining.  My grandfather and I put this together in his shop and it made for a fun little bonding experience.  Grab a few materials and get started!


Step One:  Cut boards/Gather Materials

Board Sizes:

Length boards:  (2) – 13.5″ X 2.5″ 
Width boards:  (2) – 13″ X 2.5″ 
Base board:  13.5″ X 11.5″
All boards used were 1/2″ thick

  • 4d finishing nails
  • 5/64 drill bit
  • Cordless drill
  • Nail Punch
  • Wood Glue
  • Painters tape
  • Wood Primer
  • Gold Paint
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Gold Handles

Step Two:  Assembly

Align your first side board with the base board.  Place your drill so that it is centered in the top corner.  Drill a hole through both boards and stop when you are about a quarter of the way through the base board.  Tap your nail through the hole.  Place a second nail towards the top of your base board for reinforcement.  Complete all four sides.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.  

Step Three:  Finishing 

In my opinion, using nails allows for a smoother finish overall.  Take your nail punch, and tap the nails in a little further so that they are flush.  Next, take wood filler & cover the spot.  It helps to apply with a Q-Tip.  Let dry overnight.

Step Four:  Preparing for Paint

It’s time for sanding! For this project, I suggest using a grit that is around 180.  This will help with smoothing and preparations for finalizing your project.  Garnet sand paper works well for raw wood.  Gently sand around your holes so that the wood filler can stay in tact.  The base board is going to take the most paint, so make sure it is the smoothest part.  Hand sanding is fine, but you can save a lot of time and effort by using a Mouse.  

Step Five:  Painting!

​Use a primer such as this one.   Start out with the gold paint and let dry thoroughly. Lay your painters tape in horizontal stripes, chevron, whatever you feel inclined to do.  Have fun with it!  Make sure you have it pressed tightly.  Finish off with chalk paint.

Step Six:  Assembling the handles

Measure the vertical height and horizontal width of the tray’s outer face.  Divide each measurement by 2 to locate the center point.  Mark the center with a vertical and horizontal line to form a cross using a pencil.  Place your handle so that it is centered over top the cross.  Mark where the drill will need to go through to attach the bolts.  Drill your holes with a bit close in size to the bolt and attach the bolts from the backside.  Finish by taking a screwdriver to tighten the bolts.  That’s it!  Enjoy your pretty new trinket tray!


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