Having friends over is one of my favorite things to do. I really enjoy the process of preparing for company.
Sometimes, though, I find myself aggravated when I have tons of food, and not enough platters and trays to display everything nicely.
I detest plastic containers sitting on a table, thanks to my mom who wouldn't allow such things. Not because we were fancy per say, she just insisted that if we sit down for a nice dinner or gathering, it should be pretty. And truly, it should.
Pretty doesn't have to mean pricey. Seriously.
I have many platters...some silver, some from sets of china passed down through generations, and some from Homegoods. But, sometimes, they just don't serve the right purpose. Sometimes I just want simple.
I've seen a few of these chalkboard painted tiles turned serving platters or cheese boards around, so I wanted to see if I could make my own. I am so glad I did.
You already know I have an obsession with chalkboard paint, so I had that on hand...all I needed were some ceramic tiles and felt.
I made my own set of chalkboard cheese boards...let me show you!
I started with three 12 X 12 ceramic tiles from Lowe's. They were only 80 cents a piece!
I painted 4 coats of chalkboard paint on the tops and sides of each tile, making sure the paint dried between coats.
This literally took less than a minute per coat.
I let them dry overnight, then rubbed chalk all over them. I let it sit there for about 30 minutes, then wiped it off.
I then washed each tile with dish liquid, and dried with a soft cloth.
To make sure not to scratch any surface that I use my tile on, I hot glued felt to the back.
For extra safety, place parchment paper under food items. I myself have not, but you may want to.
This means no washing in the dishwasher...you must simply wash with dish liquid and a cloth.
Now for the fun. I started placing different items on my board and wrote Brie...now what is cuter than that.
Add whatever you like...cheeses, some veggies, fruits, or use for a dessert tray.
Can you imagine a cake sitting on one of these with a sweet message written below?
Mmmm...now I want cake!
These chalk painted cheese trays are too fun, and would make a perfect gift for a hostess...maybe wrapped with a cheese knife or some pretty cloth napkins.
For about $1.oo each, you just can't go wrong with these!
Wanna see more chalkboard creations? Just go to my Chalkboard Projects Page by clicking here!
So, what do you think...would you make your own?
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