Monday, August 24, 2009

DIY: Chalkboard Plate

You may have seen the cute little plates that you can write on and use for special occasions but never wanted to spend the $25 dollars to get one for your home. You can use them when you host parties and write any message you want - Happy Birthday, I Love You, Welcome, or Let's Party. For those of you looking for a more practical use, how about making your grocery or to do list right on the plate. It's a way to guarantee that your Honey sees his to do list.

I found this DIY idea on Be Different Act Normal's blog and I thought I would try this project out myself. I also discovered how popular chalkboard paint was and I even learned that there is paint to make a dry erase surface. Who knew? Not only can you use the paint for practical things around the house such as making your own chalkboard for the kids to play with but you can make them as cute little gifts as well. What a cute teacher's gift don't you think? Ideas are limitless with this stuff - did you know some people even paint a whole wall using this paint?


Plate - lots of cute options at Homegoods, thrift stores, or your own cupboard
Painter's Tape
Chalkboard Paint - sold in paint can or spraypaint can
Newspaper/Cardboard - keep the over spray at bay
Glove - keep the hands paint free
Mask - so you can breathe healthy air

First you will want to tape off the area that you don't want to get paint on with painter's tape.
Following the instructions on the can, you will want to paint the area you want the chalkboard paint on. I recommend keeping the spray can about 10 inches from the surface and make sure you keep the can moving the entire time to ensure an even coat. Apply 2-3 thin coats.

After the paint has dried, remove the painter's tape and admire your work. Ohh's and ahh's are welcomed and encouraged at this time.

Precise taping is key so take your time.

You will need to wait a full 24 hours (patience is required) to prime the chalkboard by rubbing chalk all over the surface and then erasing. You are now ready to put your work of art to use.

To display your chalkboard plate, use a plate or picture frame holder.
Please note - I had no patience and used the only holder I had in the house; it's not the right size or color but this was only used to show you my work so don't hold it against me please.


Nancy said...

Very, very cute! You did a great job and it looks so sweet on your counter!


Brooke G. said...

Love it Melissa!
It looks great in your kitchen ;)

Courtney Baker said...

Oh my that is so so cool! I have to do this!

Fryer Family said...

Very nice. What a neat idea.

Fryer Family said...

I am revisiting some of your previous DIY posts and I MUST find a way to do this project. I love it.