Thursday, June 25, 2009

Chalkboard Dinner Plate


My friend Gina, over at The Shabby Cottage is hosting a carnival, "Crazy about Chalkboards".
My chalkboard plate is one that I shared with you in December of 2008, but I am running this post again for the carnival.
You are invited to attend the carnnival too, just go to The Shabby Cottage and comment on Gina's chalkboard post with your link. Love those chalkboards!
Remember that beautiful plate that I purchased from TJ Maxx for $3.99?
I told you that I had a project planned for it. I thought I would make it into a chalkboard plate. It is easy! You can make one too. I am sure you have a plate that you can use. If not, check TJ Maxx or Marshalls. The plates there are gorgeous! Almost to much to paint over....but at the pricing, who can resist. You can even pick up a plate at a garage sale or while thrifting. I know my local thrift store sells plates for usually about 2 bucks, so you can see that TJ Maxx and Marshalls offer real bargains. And you get what you want.
So....do you have your plate?

Besides the plate, Other supplies you will need are:


  1. Chalkboard spray paint. Make certain that it says chalkboard. I used black chalkboard spray paint.
  2. Painters tape
  3. chalk

    Tape off the areas of your plate that you do not want to be black. I like to leave a substantial border so that it "pops" off of the sides.

    The square plate that I used was very easy to mark off, but you can use any size or shape of plate.



    After taping off the plate, take it outside to begin the painting process. When painting, be certain to not hold the spray nozzle down continually. This will cause to much paint to come out at once, resulting in a running and streaked plate. Just use short quick,blast of paint spray-it will look like a sand or powdered sugar texture when it hits the plate. Think tiny spots.

    After you have finished painting, allow the paint to dry completely.
    Then remove the tape very gently.

    WAH-LA! You have yourself a great chalkboard.

    Use it for displaying your dinner menu, to welcome guest, or even to leave family notes....the possibilities are endless!

    And you KNOW that I LOVE homemade gifts! It makes a perfect gift!
    For ultra coolness....I have seen this same technique used on doors. Think a play room-or my favorite, a pantry! Just tape (for large projects newspaper would work handy) off the inside of a door and t is the perfect place to keep track of grocery list.

    Home Decor on a budget! Now that I love!
    Head over to Gina's place to see more Chalkboard Post!

57 comments:

butterflygirl said...

What a great idea!

Keetha said...

Tres cool

Bama Belle said...

That is so darlin I can't contain myself. If TJ Max was open I would be there NOW!!!! Oh, my goodness. Very good idea! I am totally "stealing" the idea

Mari said...

I just love this! What a classy looking chalkboard you made!

Nicolle said...

That is so very cute! Oh my gosh. I love it!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Brilliant!
I bet Tuesday Morning has just the thing...

Polly & Steve said...

Great idea! You are so crafty! This is really a gift idea for next Christmas or Birthday's
Yeah Leigh!!!!

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

I just did a chalkboard out of an old window with the exact same method! Don't ya love it when great minds think alike?

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

See, great minds do think alike! I "followed" you earlier! (Oh, from what I can tell we live about an hour apart, too!)

Valarie Lea said...

I did this with a charger and I love it!! I really like that plate!

Trina said...

I love this idea, and I could so totally do it! Too bad I didn't see this before I went shopping today... :)

Kirby3131 said...

Leigh - I painted a small wall in one of my rental units with chalkboard paint - everyone loves, it - but I love this small, movable piece - How fun!

I have a chalk tip -- Put your chalk in a really wet paper towel or piece of cloth for a few minutes and when the chalk is wet, it glides - it is just so super smooth.

Thanks for the tip! I'm going to do this. I've still got chalkboard paint, too.

Anonymous said...

Seriously...where do learn these things. I cant keep up. LOVE this!! ~cc

Mrs. Schmitty said...

What a great idea! Love it!

jennyhope said...

soooo neat

jennifer said...

THAT is SO cool!!!!!!

Cindy said...

I love this idea. Very cute.

Sarah said...

What a wonderful idea! I just might have to steal it....er...um....borrow it! Thank you!

Ali said...

LOVE this! Awesome idea =)

Stephanie said...

what a super cute and clever idea! LOVE it!

Gone Overboard said...

This is the perfect idea for my kitchen!

Amber said...

That plate is ADORABLE!! So funny that you used chalkboard paint---I'm working on a post right now involving chalk board paint. :)

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Your plate turned out terriffic. I have added you as a favorite. Thanks for sharing. I did a chalkboard on my door to my laundry room. I had to put up a panel to cover a cat door.

Mrs. Petrie said...

Great idea! It makes me want to go out and buy some chalkboard paint. This would be a great housewarming gift.

Kathryn said...

Functional and classy. Great idea!

PlowgianPage said...

Love it. I've used chalkboard paint on a cabinet so my kids can draw on it, but never on a plate. I want to make one right away.

Living with Lindsay said...

Super cute! Great idea!

Happyhome said...

Love it!

Jadehollow said...

Leigh.. it's to cute. Love the plate..gotta head out to TJ's and pick me up a few.
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Debbie

Keetha Broyles said...

I remember this chalk board from "then" and I still think it's cool "now."

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Great idea. Hang the plate in the kitchen and presto....grocery list. If I don't write it down when I think of it, it goes off to outer space. I'll be making one of these soon!
Smiles,
Pat

Jane said...

Super cute!

Pam said...

What a pretty and inexpensive plate! It would certainly be an awesome gift to someone. Great job!! TFS!

Barb said...

Great idea to use that plate.Blessings,
Barbara jean

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

So cute - I have been planning on doing my pantry door for months. I have everything bought...just need to do it. Thanks for the reminder. :)

Cindy @ Chalk it Up! said...

This turned out beautiful! Black and white is the perfect combination!

JunkinJane said...

great plate, come over to my blog tomorrow to see what I did with a plate!

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Hi Leigh.
Your plate looks fantastic, of course! I love the detail on that plate.
Sorry I haven't been around for a couple of weeks. It's been crazy around here. School ended and now the kids are running amuck all day long! Aahhh!
*Tricia

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Loved it then, love it now!

I'm pretty sure our chalkboards are how we became "frans." What better way to celebrate it than with a party? Thanks sooooo much for joining in!

Kirby3131 said...

Hi Leigh! I commented in march when you had this up, but I had to comment again...that plate is so pretty and I know I would never use it as a plate, but I'd use it all the time as a chalkboard! So clever :)

Marie said...

Hello Leigh - love your chalkboard pla†e! I'm excited to try that. And what a great idea to give as gifts.

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

TattingChic said...

That is so cool! Thanks for the tute! Your new chalkboard is gorgeous! I LOVE the little easel you have it on, too! :)

{ L } said...

Thank you for the step by step demo...it turned out LOVELY! I really want to do this project now. :D

Jen B said...

Beautiful plate, great idea! Love the detail. I haven't used spray chalkboard paint yet but after browsing around the Chalkboard carnival, I definitely want to give it a try : )

Brenda said...

I love it! Thanks for the tutorial!
Brenda

Embellish-Vintage Home Embellishments said...

I thought I was savvy and yet, I did not know that chalk board paint came in spray paint. thanks for the info and I adore you plate!

Becky said...

Cute, cute, cute!!!!

Jenny said...

I love it!

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Suzanne in TX said...

Love this idea! I must make a quick trip to Wally-world for a can of paint!

Lori E said...

Now that my son's are older and one has moved out I should try this again. When we had the whiteboard up in the kitchen years ago for the notes and reminders they would write the goofiest stuff on the board every day. The word fart is only funny once and only when they are 6 years old and you are glad they didn't spell it firt this time.

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

I have seen many chalkboard plates, but girlfriend...yours takes the cake! It is gorgeous. To.Die.For. Thank you TJ Maxx for offering up such fabulous deals! I love me some TJ Maxx and Marshalls..oh, and Ross!

Have a Great Weekend
~Amanda

Ali said...

I remember this, that is so cool! Thanks for stopping by, its great to hear from ya! Hope your weekend is going great!

Christina said...

Wow, that is fabulous. The detailing on the plate makes it just all the more wonderful.

Catching up again. Summer has been so busy. Hope to make it to your Thrifty Thursday this week. ; )

Kat said...

Love, love, love this idea!! Gotta try it. Thanks

Hugs!
Kat

Olive Rue said...

Hi there. I just wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog during the chalkboard party. I hate I had to miss it. But vacation was more fun. ;-) I'm just now getting around to returning all the sweet comments. I love what you did with the plate. And I love your blog banner too. Hope you are having a great week!

Tam said...

Love it - the square plate is perfect!