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  1. December 11, 2013
    Virginia Fynes

    This looks awesome! Would be a great piece to add to my catering tool box! I didn’t know Deco-Art had stain, how awesome that you can get a little bit!

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    • December 11, 2013
      Tara

      It isn’t stain, actually! It’s just the straight-up acrylic paint. But when you put it on the raw wood, and with the colour of the cocoa bean paint, it actually looks like stain! Isn’t that rad? (Especially since you don’t need paint thinner or a special brush, etc, etc). I’m pretty thrilled with that paint hue. 🙂

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  2. December 11, 2013
    Kirsten @ One Tough Mother

    Awww…I love the little buck! He’s so handsome 🙂 This tray is fabulous! I need to make one – we’re having a few people over for New Year’s Eve this year and this would be perfect! That stain/paint is fabulous, too. My tray should read, “My awesome friend Tara gave me this idea.” LOL!

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    • December 11, 2013
      Tara

      Doesn’t that paint look like stain?!? It’s so crazy. And yes, feel free to make that tray and scribble my name all over it! I’d be beyond flattered! 😉

      (Though… your NYE guests might be like, “Errrmm…. who is this Tara person?!?!”)

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  3. December 11, 2013
    amy @ one artsy mama

    That’s super duper cute!

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    • December 11, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you, Amy!

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  4. December 11, 2013
    malia

    This is the cutest project ever!!!

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    • December 11, 2013
      Tara

      Awww… thanks, Malia! That’s so sweet!

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  5. December 11, 2013
    Kenz @ Interiors by Kenz

    This is wonderful. I LOVE the buck head on it. It’s perfect, like you.

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    • December 11, 2013
      Tara

      Can you write that down somewhere and send it to me? I’ll frame it and put it on the wall. 😉

      Thank you, lady. I’m loving the buck-silhouette trend. What am I going to do when it isn’t hip anymore!?!?

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  6. December 11, 2013
    Amanda McCellon

    so cute – I was just having a conversation with a shop owner the other day about the popularity of chalkboard items. What do you think? Are they still as popular as a year ago or do you think they are losing the cutesy momentum?

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    • December 11, 2013
      Tara

      I think that chalkboard is still in, so long as it’s actually a functional/cool piece. I love chalkboard paint for the fact that you can write on it, wipe it off, and it actually looks really nice in all of its stages. I don’t think that dry erase markers, etc, have the same vintage/stylish feel.

      I really want to make chalkboard gift tags this Christmas, and I love the idea of things like chalkboard coasters and chalkboard signs and labels.

      But then… I don’t know about large walls being painted entirely in chalkboard paint. Are people doing furniture at all?

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  7. December 11, 2013
    Lindsey

    This is such a good idea! To label things that are too big to fit on a tray {mainly for holiday spreads}, we lay brown paper down on our table and draw on it with crayons. That, too, prevents the dreaded “I-thought-this-was-mango-salsa-why-is-my-mouth-burning??” situation! I am totally going to make this tray for smaller things, though. Thanks for sharing!

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    • December 16, 2013
      Tara

      Love that idea, Lindsey! I want some brown paper for my next get-together!

      Let me know if you make the tray! I’d love to see it (and share it, of course)!

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      • December 17, 2013
        Lindsey

        I am sure I will be making it sometime this year. 🙂 My mom has a lot of chalkboard paint so I’ll probably “steal” some from her. She hasn’t used it for trays, though … I think she usually paints over damaged paintings with gorgeous frames to make chalkboards. And yes! Use brown paper for your next get-together, definitely. It’s cheap, fun, and makes labeling super easy!

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        • December 18, 2013
          Tara

          The brown-paper thing is genius, and yes, I’m totally doing that. And promise me that you’ll send a pic of your finished tray?!? I’ve already got plans to upcycle a thrift store find with chalkboard paint in the next couple of weeks!

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  8. December 12, 2013
    Leanne

    I love chalkboards and trays so this is the perfect combo. Great job!

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    • December 16, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Leanne! I am a bit of a tray nut. I’ve really come to love doing them up! And this chalkboard one was so much fun – I want to make another.

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  9. December 12, 2013
    Melanie

    I wonder if this paint would hold up outside in a playset?

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    • December 16, 2013
      Tara

      I’ll be it would… depending on how exposed it was to weather. Are you putting it outside or inside a playset? I know that lots of play structures have chalkboards in them. I’m sure that this would work! (And really… for the inexpensive price of the paint and how easy it is to apply, you could probably slap a new coat of paint on at the beginning of each play season!)

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  10. December 12, 2013
    Amy of while wearing heels

    Don’t spill on that amazing ottoman. I absolutely love the deer. What a fabulous tray. Great makeover!

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    • December 16, 2013
      Tara

      That ottoman has had plenty of spills on it. Thank goodness for resilient fabric and a helicopter mother!

      Thank you so much, Amy! The deer makes it feel just a little bit special, don’t you think?

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  11. December 12, 2013
    Krista

    So cute Tara – I love it. I have only made my own chalkboard paint, might have to give the ‘real’ stuff a try.

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    • December 16, 2013
      Tara

      Krista, you should! I love how easily this stuff is spread on (and that it’s just a water-based paint that washes right off). I’m becoming a bit of a chalkboard paint addict! 🙂

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  12. December 15, 2013
    Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects

    I LOVE this, Tara!! Not only is it functional and fun, but I also love the little stencil detail! You have such an eye for a great project!

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    • December 16, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Adrianne! That little stencil is my favourite part of the piece. It’s just a little bit of woodland love on there! 😉

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  13. December 15, 2013
    Time WIth Thea

    How creative and practical. I can see using this tray for so many different things! Well done! ~Thea

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    • December 16, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Thea! I really love the tray, too. I can see it being a year-round piece!

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  14. December 16, 2013
    Kadie

    So cute! I love the little deer on the side! It’s so fun. 🙂

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    • December 16, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you, Kadie! He’s my favourite part of the tray!

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  15. January 4, 2014
    Marilyn

    What a great way to personalize your tray….the buck AND the chalkboard paint! I love that you can easily label your dips on your tray (or other items)….what a clever lady you are!

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  16. October 28, 2014
    Valerie

    Love the tray. Just wondering if you have any issues with water rings or staining on the chalkboard bottom? I have a tray that I picked up at a garage sale and this would be a great touch.

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    • November 4, 2014
      Tara

      I haven’t had any trouble with water rings! And I’m terrible with coasters. We don’t often leave glasses on our trays for a long period of time… so I don’t know if a really wet glass would do damage.

      I guess if the worst case scenario happened, you’d just have to repaint.

      (This is why I love paint. It’s so forgiving!)

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  17. October 28, 2014
    Lisa Snodgrass

    I love the tray also! I also wonder about water rings on the tray as well as how to clean it…my original question, though, is when you are using the chalkboard paint, are you able to line the edges with painter’s tape and then remove it, as you would with regular paint? Thank you!

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    • November 4, 2014
      Tara

      Lisa – yes, just like regular paint, you an use painter’s tape and then remove it. It acts very similarly to an acrylic craft paint. You just need to apply it in that weird “plaid” style of painting – two coats one way, and one coat the other.

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