Magnetic Chalk Board Trays

The niche in my living room is crying out to become a focal point!

Since we moved in a month and a half ago, I have been contemplating what to do with the little arched niche near the door.  I’ve thought of painting it, making little shelves for it, hanging little key and wall organizers, and coating it in chalk board paint. But none of those ideas really seemed  quite right. Then I saw a great little idea in  Country Living’s  October issue and am now on a mission to make it happen! I couldn’t find a photo on their site, so I snapped a picture with my phone. The magnets from Anthropologie are what’s being featured, but it’s what they’re stuck to that stuck with me.

I do love the magnets, but I like how the tray is repurposed even more!

It looks like a beat up tray coated with magnetic paint. It got me thinking, why couldn’t  I find a few small, cast-off trays and make them magnetic and coat them in chalk board paint? So, I’m gonna do it. I’ve just got to gather my supplies and I think it will be an easy one-day project. Rustoleum has both products.

I’m thinking I can fit at least three little trays in the niche, and once they are done, I can use them as a spot to gather seasonal inspiration. For fall: leaves and twigs and old photographs. For Christmas: holiday cards, evergreen sprigs and heartwarming quotes. You get the idea!


  1. Sounds like fun, but I don’t get what “magnetic paint” is all about. If your tray is steel, it shouldn’t need further magnetizing…? Or am I missing something? Or can you magnetize an item that isn’t steel? Time to experiment!

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