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An easy way to update and freshen tired, old things is to paint them! Chalkboard paint is one of those brilliant inventions that I wished I had thought of (I’d be rich, living on the beach, sipping on margaritas all day)! If you have children, chalkboard paint is a no brainer – your kids can express themselves on all kinds of surfaces.

However, chalkboard paint is not just for children! Painting silver-plated trays is an elegant way to decorate a kitchen to display tonight’s menu, and can even be used as alternative to a wreath on the door.

I recently helped set up for a “southern” themed wedding shower and was relegated to door decorating duty. The hostess-in-charge (there were over 10 hostesses) purchased this round tray with a handle and wanted it hanging from the door as guests arrived. With a little tulle, magnolia branch, and strategically placed twist ties, we managed to create a beautiful entrance that set the tone for the whole party:

The tulle makes this very wedding-y. For every day use I’d switch the tulle for some ribbon. You could change the ribbon and message on the tray to match the season/holiday!

Chalkboard paint is being used every where nowadays – on furniture, walls, and in our case on trays! Anyone can upcycle, the challenge is looking beyond the original use and seeing the full potential of things!

The Attic Birds like to party! Check out some of the other parties we’ve been a part of here and here.