I was trolling through Pinterest recently (my favorite past time) and came up on so many different ideas using chalkboard paint. Now I know its been around for a while, but sometimes it takes me a bit longer to try something new. Maybe I want to read how people use a new product and which brand is the best to try.
There are so many really cute ideas to try. I love seeing the walls painted where kids can draw all they want to in a specific area of the house for fun. But I guess my favorite so far is taking a silver tray, painting the middle part and using it for signage.
I found a couple of trays in my collection of silver that I thought would work the best. I really love all the displays with tarnished silver items today. So country chic. I have so many different pieces handed down to me or given as gifts, there is no reason to keep them behind closed doors now. Trays are my favorite. I will even put them out at a Super Bowl party.
I had my handy dandy hubby tape off the sides of the tray. He is much better at that than I. He used Frog Tape, you can find it any where and it is so much easier to peel off of items. The oval one I will hand paint without tape. I put 4 thin coats of the chalkboard paint I got at Micheals Craft Store and let each coat dry over night. I did have to use a sharp blade to score where the paint and the tape met so not to pull off the paint from the tray. I let it cure for a couple of days before I wrote on it with chalk.
It turned out better than I thought it would and so easy to do. The chalk wiped off very easily with a wet paper towel. I will leave it in my kitchen and change out the saying for the season or just because. I think kids would love drawing on this with their chalk. You could also turn this sideways and use as a menu in the kitchen. There are so many different colors of chalk paint, I can only imagine all the things you could make with any kind of platter. These would make some really neat gifts and to use at showers or other parties. I would love to try this on a white platter too!
It was also a very economical project. I already had the trays (these are easy to find in thrift shops) and used a 40% off coupon to buy the paint at Micheals for about $3.00.
I used regular chalk on the platter and it works great. I read if you spray the chalk on the platter with hair spray, the chalk will stay on longer. I want to try Chalk Markers to see if they make a more precise line and doesn’t come off as easily. I think you could do some really pretty pictures or smaller writing with those and they come in many colors and tip widths.
I would love to hear if anyone has ever done this project before and if the chalk markers are a better choice.