Dollar Store Chalkboard Plates

Last Friday I posted about my rustic Christmas tablescape and mentioned there were a ton of DIY's hidden throughout my post. Today I want to share my DIY $1 store chalkboard plates. Obviously these aren't the type of plates your going to eat your Christmas dinner off of, but they sure are purdy, aren't they!?

My Supplies:
Silver trays - found at my local $1 store
Chalkboard craft paint - found at Michaels
Sponge paint brush - found at Michael's



Before I started this project, I was worried how the chalkboard paint would react on the silver tray. Normally I use spray paint on projects like these so I don't have to worry about streaks, but since I needed to paint in a circle, I figured painting by hand would work better than attempting to tape off a circle shape. I was pleasantly surprised when I started applying the chalkboard paint. There were NO streaks! The sponge brush probably also helped with the smooth finish.


I applied one coat of paint, waited about 30 minutes and applied a second coat. Now I will admit, before they fully dried, they looked really "streaky" and glossy.  But don't worry my friends, once the paint dried, the final product was just as I hoped.


In order to get the chalky matte finish I wanted, I decided to "season" the chalkboard. Basically that just means I crumbled up some chalk dust and rubbed it onto the chalkboard. This gave the plate a more "used" look. Once the chalkboard was seasoned, I then wrote on the plates with my chalk. After a few added accessories and a little bit of styling, I was all done!







Linking Up With:

Living Well Spending Less // Inspire Me Please // Craft Frenzy Friday // Remodelaholic
 The DIY Dreamer

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34 Responses to "Dollar Store Chalkboard Plates"

  • Julia@Cuckoo4Design
    December 2, 2013 - 9:10 am

    So pretty Amy!

  • Chrystal M.
    December 2, 2013 - 2:22 pm

    I just picked up a couple of these little trays for some photography shoots and ended up not using them. I think they will make some excellent wall decor! Thank you for the idea!

  • Jewel
    December 2, 2013 - 3:43 pm

    This is such a cute idea!

  • Cathy
    December 2, 2013 - 7:03 pm

    Amy, thanks…just as you promised. I will get these done for this season to enjoy and prob use them next year at my church’s Christmas Brunch!

  • Bette @ Somerset lane
    December 2, 2013 - 8:46 pm

    What an awesome idea! I saw these at the dollar store today too and I walked right past them. I might need to go back ;)

  • Marilyn
    December 3, 2013 - 11:48 am

    Such a cute idea. Discovered your blog this morning! We live in Fort Worth as well!

    • The Blissful Bee
      December 3, 2013 - 12:20 pm

      Oh I’m so glad you found me! And so happy to see you live in Fort Worth too! Isn’t is such a great city!??

  • Ginnie
    December 4, 2013 - 11:48 am

    I love this idea! Time to track down those tray;)

  • cynthia
    December 5, 2013 - 6:47 am


  • Kathleen Pigg
    December 5, 2013 - 7:51 am

    Great idea will use this nest year

  • Barb @ A Life in Balance
    December 5, 2013 - 10:32 am

    Beautiful! I’ve only used the spray paint; I didn’t know about the other paint. I’d love to make these and line them up over my kitchen sink, or even on top of the cabinets.

  • Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
    December 5, 2013 - 7:33 pm

    Amy, I am SO in love with these. I JUST bought some chalkboard paint last weekend and I am pretty sure I have some old plates laying around that I could spruce up and then paint. Thank you so much for sharing how you made these, they are absolutely beautiful. Thank you for linking up to Thrifty Thursday.

    • The Blissful Bee
      December 6, 2013 - 11:22 am

      Thank you so much Ruth!! They were surprisingly easy to make too! Cheap and easy never fails:)

  • Krista @thehappyhousie
    December 6, 2013 - 3:07 pm

    I love this idea so much Amy- I was thinking of something similar but never quite got around to it!! Thanks for the tutorial:)

  • Jaclyn
    December 7, 2013 - 1:27 pm

    I love this! Thank you for sharing. I actually had all these items on hand. However, mine was less than successful. The chalkboard paint did not adhere to my chargers and wiped off on the second coat of paint. The chargers are plastic, I have no idea what went wrong. I am planning to lightly sand the center part of the charger I am painting to see if that will fix my problem. Do you have any suggestions that may work? Thanks!

    • The Blissful Bee
      December 7, 2013 - 1:34 pm

      Oh no!! Did you maybe put too much pressure on your brush? Did you make sure to use a sponge brush? You need to make sure the 1st coat is 100% dry before applying the 2nd coat. When applying the second coat, use minimal pressure on your sponge brush. Lightly sanding them might help as well. I hope this helps!! Good luck!!

  • Jaclyn
    December 7, 2013 - 2:40 pm

    Great tips, thanks! I did use a sponge brush but I think I may have had a heavy hand and maybe a little bit of impatience when painting the second coat! :) I appreciate you responding so quickly! I will try again. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

    • The Blissful Bee
      December 7, 2013 - 6:54 pm

      Of course! Let me know how the second attempt turns out!

  • Teresa
    December 7, 2013 - 8:52 pm

    I love these! I use chalkboard paint on almost everything! LOL
    What about using these as charges and adding a clear glass plate on top? Then you could use them!!

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  • Jaclyn
    December 8, 2013 - 12:27 pm

    Update! Second coat when on this morning. They look amazing! I think sanding them lightly, waiting a full 24 hours between coats and lightly painting them did make the world of difference. Thanks again!

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