It’s no secret, I love a good DIY project. And lately Pinterest has been a source of great DIY inspiration (for any pinners out there, you can find me here). I recently started following blogger Amanda of Wit and Whistle who has a gorgeous collection of DIY projects under her belt. When I saw her chalkboard platter I decided to give it a go. Not only that, I lured my friend Cait out from the city to spend the day DIYing along with me in the burbs. DIYing is more fun in pairs. Here’s the skinny on our project:
First we found cute platters to paint at TJ Maxx for only $7 (holla!) and then headed to Michaels for supply gathering. Since we could not find the very specific porcelain chalkboard paint on the fly, we decided to go with the Martha Stewart chalkboard paint which is also non-toxic and dishwasher safe. An important detail if your planning to eat off of it. It comes in a few cute shades and we settled on this pale minty green hue.
Next we used painters tape so that we could be sure to have nice clean edges. If you have a steady hand this may not be necessary. Sadly, I do not, so we taped away. And before I get any further, let me just warn you, we both like stripes.
See I told you, stripes galore!
After taping, we painted our first coats. You need one hour to let the first coat dry before applying the second. We took that hour to start planning my home office redesign. I’ll be working on it extensively over the next several months and you can follow that pinterest board here.
After a little layout planning and a snack, it was off to paint that second coat. Voila!
After the second coat the paint suggests letting it sit for 24 hours to dry. So, the next day I took things downstairs. Once dry, you take a piece of chalk and rub it gently on the painted portion so that it “cures” the platter. Then you’re ready to remove that tape.
And here we are with the tape removed. Cute right?!
And finally I added some delicious cheeses and labeled them with chalk. My chalk handwriting isn’t very sophisticated so I clearly need to work on that. Perhaps a sharper piece of chalk would help?
Overall this was a fun and easy project. Oh, and I’ve now totally been bitten by the chalkboard paint bug. Any other ideas on what I should paint with my new paint? Or how to get nicer chalk handwriting down? Any school teachers out there with tips?