Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Chalkboard Plate Tutorial

I saw an idea several months ago somewhere (probably on one of the million or so blogs I try to read on a semi-regular basis) and thought it was so cute and seemed fairly simple and inexpensive- so I bought the supplies to have them on hand when I had some time and the inspiration sAdd Imagetruck me.

This week inspiration struck and so I got out my supplies :

  • A cute square (you could use any shape but I really liked the square) plate purchased from TJ Maxx (love that store) for only $2.99.

  • Blue painters tape (love that stuff)

  • A piece of newspaper or some other sort of paper

  • A can of chalkboard paint (bought mine at Wal-mart for about $3.00)
  1. I used the blue painters tape and a piece of newspaper to cover all but a square in the center of the plate. You definitely want to take your time so that your lines are straight.

  2. I then took the plate outside and laid it on a sheet of newspaper and carefully and slowly sprayed the square back and forth.

  3. I left it to dry for awhile (an hour?) and came back and sprayed it again and again and again. I think I did 4 layers of paint- but the can says 2 is sufficient.

  4. When it was dry I peeled off the tape and newspaper.

  5. There were a few places where paint had gotten on the plate (where I didn't want them to be) and so I used an Exacto knife (a regular small knife would work) to carefully scrape off the excess paint.

  6. I wrote a message on it, plopped it in a little plate stand I got at Hobby Lobby for $2 and voila- it was done!

This was really a super simple project that anyone can do. I can see it being used for so many things- on the dinner table with a message, in a bedroom on a nightstand, on the coffee table with a scripture..........the uses are endless!


  1. What a neat idea. I have been looking for something different to do for my secret sister at church. She is very crafty. I am definitely going to have to do this.

  2. Way cool! Turned out just as fabulous as I knew it would! :o)

  3. And that Ms Shannon is why we call you crafty! Really great idea!

  4. Very cute! I used chalk board paint on some terracotta pots one year for an easter project. Very simple.

  5. Love It!! I might have to do one of those!!!

  6. You are so dang crafty!! Love it! And the china cabinet is great!! You were brave and it turned out fabulous!

  7. What a great idea and a fun project. You can use it over and over again.