Silver Platter Chalkboards- a few tips

If you like this DIY Silver Platter Chalkboard Christmas Gift idea, you may also love these Santa Claus Mason Jars.

Silver Chalkboard Platters

Today I’m sharing with you a gift idea that I know is not new.  I can’t remember the first place that I spotted one of these platters, but I immediately fell in love with them.  The idea of a Silver Chalkboard platter was so fun and unique that I spent the better part of the fall scouting out platters at my local antique and thrift shops. Let me tell you these things are not super easy to find!

I did manage to come away with 4 that I loved.   I also searched for WHO came up with this genius idea in the first place but couldn’t find it…

Antique Platter Chalkboard

I do have a few tips to share with you regarding painting the platters:

1- Before you start to paint, sand the platter surface lightly with sandpaper.  You need to rough up the surface so the paint has something to stick to.

2- Use good quality chalkboard paint. My favorite is Benjamin Moore. Gives a nice smooth coat.

3- Don’t bother with painters tape- it’s too hard to get lined up right. I found it easiest to use a small foam brush to outline the edge of where the chalkboard paint should go. Then I filled in the center.

4- It will take 3-4 coats.

5- Let the paint dry at least 24 hours before you write on it.

6- Season the chalkboard painted surface by rubbing it allover with chalk, then wiping it off.  Use a softer chalk… the cheaper the better I found.

Silver Plate Chalkboard

This year I gave these as gifts and packaged them up with easels.

Upcycle old, worn or ruined silver platters in to chalkboards

Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.

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  1. says

    I love the silver tins…What a wonderful gift idea….I am wanting to find some one to penpal with ,swap small gifts and lots of ideas. If you are interested e-mail me….I’m in Texas…if not maybe you know someone who is….I love to quilt, craft, read and have a farm full of animals…..God Bless…………………

  2. lynda kling says

    very cute but you may be ruining some really nice antique silver here…I hope you know your stuff and do this only to the pieces that are not real antiques…..sorry to sound negative, but I hate to see antiques ruined by crafters…

    • says

      None of them cost more than $10 and I’m pretty sure they are not even real silver… the weight of them just doesn’t hold up to be real and they were not tarnished.
      We’ve got lots of great “fancy” antique stores in Kentucky… I’m only shopping at the cheap junk stores for these.

  3. darlene says

    like the idea, maybe a silly question, but I am thinking these are decorations? not meant for serving food of any kind? curious

    • says

      Not for food…. just to use a fun little sign in your house. I’ve got mine in my dining room. They would also be cute to use as as serving tray to hold things like salt and pepper shakers or napkins.

      • darlene says

        thanks, that is what I thought. Cute idea, we give family gifts at Christmas for our 4 married children. This might be a good idea for next Christmas!!

  4. Kayla says

    Couple questions… might be silly,but this is my first attempt so I don’t know. 1) Is there a certain grade of sandpaper I should use. And 2) If someone wanted to try this with real sliver is there a safe way to do it?

  5. LYNDA HRYCAK says

    Great Idea!! I have several trays I don’t use, but I think they are Real silver, not plated, so I’m not sure this is a good idea for them.


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