DIY: Chalkboard Platter

February 2, 2011

Happy Groundhog Day… The pivotal point of the year when we await Famous Phil’s emerging from underground to see if Spring will be here soon or if winter will be sticking around for another 6 weeks.  With all the snow we’re having in the Northeast, was Phil even able to make his grand entrance from the hole this morning?? 
I recently picked up a can of chalkboard paint and it’s been a blast to work with.  I’ve used it for several projects and my most recent was to update a simple platter that I purchased from TJ Maxx for $5!

{The Completed Chalkboard Platter Makeover}

{The Before}
 This is a before picture of the platter &
proof of my $5 {AMAZING FIND}

Step by Step Transformation:

Once you find the perfect piece that you want to don with chalkboard paint, mask out the area to be painted.
Start spreading it {ON}! Apply THIN coats of the chalkboard paint.  The can says it’ll need 2 coats, but I used 3.  It also says to use a roller or a foam brush.  Due to the shape of this platter, a roller would have been impossible, so I went with the foam brush.  IMPORTANT NOTE: Once the paint is applied to the entire surface, make continuous strokes from side to side without stopping.  This will make for a smoother (non-bumpy) finish. 
This is the product I used…it’s about $10-$12 and can be found in the paint section of most major hardware stores.
Once you’ve applied your 2-3 coats, it’s time of the {REVEAL}.  I pulled off the tape, and was left with a bit of a mess…UGH!  Because of the platter shape,  the tape wasn’t applied perfectly, and some paint spread onto the surface that I DIDN’T want painted.  No problemo…  I used my thumb nail an Xacto blade and a little bit of patience (ya, right) to scrape it off, and good as new!
Now you can use your platter for so many places around the house…
let’s take a peak at all the ways I’ve used mine:
What’s for Dinner?
Let’s Celebrate a Special Occasion!
What’s Today’s Date?  
O, right…it’s February 2 ~ Groundhog Day!  Please tell me Phil didn’t see his shadow.  Maybe if he can’t get out of the hole because of all the snow, Spring will be here sooner than 6 weeks???  Please, O, Please!
 Blessings and Inspiration
Last Name Initial as a welcome to your home
And Lastly, but certainly not least, a {WELCOME}statement for your guests!
I have another project that I can’t wait to share with you using chalkboard paint…check back later this week for the {BIG DEBUT}
Have you ever used Chalkboard Paint?  
And if so, how/where have you used it?
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  1. Hello, first time to your blog, it is just a great resource of info. By the way, I live in PA and the breaking news was he DID NOT see his shadow, so SPRING will be EARLY, Woo Hooo! That is if you really believe this silly ground hog?
    I am now a follower.

  2. Great idea! That plate has so many uses!I've used chalkboard paint for tons of projects. And don't even get me started on TJMAXX! I love that place! Such great deals there!!

  3. Miss Char says:

    I'm a big chalk board user too, I've made several different things using it. Haven't tried a platter yet but I sure will now. Thanks for the great idea.

  4. Green Door Girl says:

    cute idea – I really like it! :) Sharing on FB :)

  5. Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies says:

    Looks great. I have some chalkboard paint and a dollar store platter just waiting for me to paint. One of these days I'll get around to it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage says:

    Love chalkboard paint!! That platter was a steal!!

  7. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says:

    Hi there- Love chalkboard paint and making chalkboards out of trays too- yours is gorgeous! I love it and what a great price! Stopping by from TT- nice to meet you! New follower here! :)

  8. Wendy Sue says:

    Really Great Idea!

  9. Lauren @ YoungNester says:

    Great idea for a platter! I've seen the photo frames before but never a platter. I would love for you to link up to my Ten Buck Tuesday link parties!

    I'm your newest follower! :)

  10. Carly Dykema says:

    I found your blog last night and have literally read every DIY blog you have!! I literally have been on your page for a good 6 hours+ lol. I am a big DIYer but had reconstructive knee surgery 3 weeks ago and am bed ridden for 8 weeks. BUT…….don’t think that’s stopping me!!! I have created many projects and throw a drop cloth over my bed and paint away. I have created my own chalk paint and make it myself in any color I want. I have used Annie Sloan’s and mine is just as wonderful, however, I do use her wax. So I wanted to thank you for keeping me busy and giving great tips and how to’s. I love your attitude and can relate to you very well. New follower here!!!

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