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!





10 comments:

  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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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