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March 15, 2016

How to turn silver trays and charger plates into fun chalkboards

Charger plates and tarnished silver trays are a dime a dozen at thrift stores.  Normally I rummage through the silver trays in search of the good quality ones that are in excellent shape.  I'll walk right past charger plates unless they come in a set of 6 or more.

Inspired by Pinterest and fellow DIY bloggers, I've given those mismatched chargers and fake silver trays a second look. Recently I grabbed a couple to pretty up for Spring and Easter vignettes.

Today on Frugal Decor Tuesday I'm sharing How To Turn Silver Trays and Charger Plates Into Fun Chalkboards.

The charger plate...

Transformed thrift store charger plate

The silver tray...

Transformed thrift store silver plate

This is what they looked like before...
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Chalkboard Trays Before

Here are the vignettes I created after I prettied the plates all up.  They could be hung on a wall, displayed on a plate stand, or used as a table centerpiece base.

Chalkpainted thrift store charger plate

Chalkboard painted thrift store silver plate

The skinny on how to make them

Clean the silver plate with denatured alcohol to remove any grime and give the paint some bite. You can paint directly over the silver without more prep using chalk paint. The trick is not going over the wet paint twice before it is dry.

However, I decided to prep mine a little more by priming them with Zinsser Bullseye 123 Primer for added bite.

Chalkboard trays primed

I didn't have any black chalkboard paint on hand but did you know you can use chalk paint for chalkboards?  I used the color liquorice from Country Chic Paint. It took two coats to get full coverage.

I dry brushed white chalk paint over the raised details on the silver tray.  To protect the edges I rubbed clear wax over the rim ONLY, being sure not to get any on the chalkboard center.

Silver tray painted Liquorice & Simplicity White

On the charger plate, I painted the rim with Americana Decor Chalky Paint in the color Serene.  I rubbed Pearl Wax over the rim, again being sure not to get any on the chalkboard center.

Using 220 grit sandpaper, I gently removed some of the paint around the edges and on raised bits for a distressed finish.


Charger plate painted in colors Liquorice & Serene

That's it, folks - easy peasy!

Chalk Typography - how to look like a pro

Before you bring out your inner chalkboard artist, you must season the board first.  To do this you simply run the side of a stick of white chalk along the board and with a dry clean cloth or paper towel, wipe away the excess chalk.  

In PicMonkey, I created the typography and printed them on bond paper.  Next I rubbed white chalk onto the back side of the paper directly behind each word.

I placed the chalk side of the paper onto the chalkboard and trace over each letter with a pencil.  To darken the chalk transfer, I went over each letter with a sharpened stick of chalk.

Easter chalkboard charger plate

Spring chalkboard charger plate

Thanks for joining me in another edition of Frugal Decor Tuesday!


I hope this has inspired you too, to look twice at those cheap silver trays and mismatched charger plates on thrift store shelves!

Easter & Spring Chalkboard Plates

I made the pretty Spring Banner last year - you can see how I made it HERE.

Hope to see you next Tuesday for a blooming good time.  Until then, have a great week!

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