Making Contact with Chalkboard Platters

So I really like the idea of unusual chalkboards

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I had these platters - dontcha just love the scalloped edge of this square platter? {Snagged this one at the good old goodwill!}

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I knew I’d like to try to use it as a chalkboard…


I like the platters & didn’t know that I’d ALWAYS want them to be

(new word – like that?)

So I decided to do a temporary chalkboard addition.

Here’s how I did it:

1. I took CLEAR contact paper (from Target)

2. Spray painted it with a couple coats of chalkboard paint

3. Created a template out of newspaper the size of the inner portion of the platter

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4. Traced the template on the back of the spray painted contact paper

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5. Cut it out, removed the backing & placed on the platter.

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When I’m done with my chalkboard phase – I’ll still have my lovely platter – just peel & toss!

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inspiration a la Pottery Barn:

and I just love, love this image!

cottage living magazine

Chat soon dear ones -


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  1. Okay... I guess this means I'm gonna add one more chalkboard to my ever growing collection!

    Thanks for the contact paper idea.

    Talk to you soon ;)
    Bunny Jean

  2. What a great idea! I would have never thought of it!

    Thanks so much for the tip!


  3. What a smart idea! I like how the finish is a lot smoother than the hand painted ones. THanks

    Jennie @ Cinnaberry suite

  4. Thanks for sharing the non permanent idea. I'll have to give that a try.

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  6. wow you are a genius! I like! Marla

  7. Really liking your chalkboard idea on dishes..never thought of that before. I'll be following your blog now that I've found you...waiting for more wonderful ideas! Check out our blog too :0) Lisa

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  19. Love love that platter!!! What a great GW find! I haven't been having much luck lately. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting on my hutch. It made my day! I'm gonna be following you now and can't wait to see your upcoming projects! :)

  20. Great, great, great idea. I'm going to try that one and I love chalkboards too.

  21. That is awesome! I didnt know you could spray paint on the contact paper! I love the temporary-ness of it! Thanks for sharing that great idea!

  22. I love your idea! I was just looking at a platter and thinking what a great chalkboard it would be, but wasn't sure I wanted to commit it to that! I'm so doing your version! Thanks! Stop by and visit me sometime!

  23. I almost fainted when I thought you permanently attached a chalkboard to that beautiful platter! LOL As a food blogger, as well as a craft blogger, finds like that lovely platter make for excellent food photo props :-D I'm glad you made it removable so you could enjoy it later, the chalkboard is fabulous!

  24. This is the spray paint chalkboard paint? and you just follow the instructions for how many coats? and it doesn't crack!! You are fabulous! I am now a follower!

  25. very clever. I love how temporary it is.

  26. Very clever idea! This may be the way to bring a chalkboard into my kitchen that I've been searching for!

  27. Very smart! I love crafts that are reversible. It adds a cute touch too!

  28. That is awesome! And I love those inspiration pictures too! How cool is that kitchen!

    Thanks for linking this up. I love it!


  29. What a great idea! I never would have thought to paint the contact paper. Love it!

  30. What a clever idea using the contact paper. Your chalkboard platter turned out great!

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  33. Thx for the contact paper idea! I snagged a great big oval mirror in a frame that I want to paint and do chalkboard on the mirror but wondered if someday I might want the mirror back...your contact paper idea solves this dilemma!


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