Morning is my favorite time of day. I’m subconsciously awoken with the ring of my husband’s alarm clock and by the time I come to, he’s gone off to work and I share the house with only S’mores, our cat. Before I get out of bed, I decide which kind of tea I’ll brew — Chai or Earl Grey? Earl Grey it is. I get up and make my way to the kitchen where I’m met with the soft glow of sunrise gently floating through the dining room windows, over the breakfast table and around my stacks of cookbooks, pots and pans. My favorite time of day in my favorite room of the house.
Since we moved here only a year ago, our decor has been a little sparse. Settling in has taken some time, but I feel myself burrowing deeper into my new nest and officially making it our own these last few months. I find myself honing in on the little nooks that have been neglected and sprucing them up with handmade decoration projects that have become favorites — favorites that I’m sure will become traditions.
Since the kitchen is my favorite room, it deserved to host the most recent addition to our DIY decor family — chalkboard plates! I do a lot of thrift store dish buying. I can’t pass up mismatched mugs, bowls, saucers and dinner plates when they’re less than a dollar each. Because of this, I have a cabinet full of dishes with lots of mileage and no place to go. I decided to promote a happy threesome of yellow plates to a prime spot behind my cookware shelves. I painted the centers with DecoArt Chalkboard Paint and scribbled out a cheery “Merry Christmas”. I love that I can erase and redesign these plates on a moment’s notice. Easy, affordable and customizable. That’s what I call a DIY success!
What You Need
- ceramic plates
- DecoArt Black Slate Chalkboard Paint
- a paint brush
- a cup of water (to rinse off your brush)
- Scotch heavy duty velcro fasteners
1. Make sure your plates are clean and dry! Lay them out on a workspace that won’t get ruined by rogue globs of paint. Squeeze a few drops of paint onto the middle of your first plate and brush it evenly over the areas you want covered. I coated the center first and then spun the plate like you would to ice a cake, which gives you a (somewhat) neat edge. You can use a round stencil for this if you want a PERFECT edge, but I like to leave some flaws for “character”.
2. Once your first coat is done, let it dry completely for about an hour and then apply a second coat. Brush in the opposite direction of the first coat.
3. Let your plates cure for 24 hours before using chalk on them. I tried to write on them early and the paint rubbed off. Even if the paint is dry within a few hours, you still need to let it fully cure.
4. Once the paint has cured, gently rub chalk all over the surface to “proof” the chalkboard paint and then wipe it off with a paper towel.
5. Add a message to your plates and then stick one side of your heavy duty velcro to the back of each one. Make sure your message will be right side up!
6. Stick the other pieces of velcro to the wall and firmly push on the plates to secure them.
Now that your walls are decked with chalkboard plates, you can start dreaming up new ways to customize them for every occasion!
Are you a fan of chalkboard paint? What are some of your favorite chalkboard paint projects?
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