home repurposing: a menu platter

IMG_4314 I've always wanted to try chalkboard paint.  I've seen it used in a friend's home and recently in a Pottery Barn catalog over a food covered buffet.

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So I found a heavy duty ceramic platter that I've had in my buffet needing a little makeover.  (Mom, if you're reading this, this daisy platter will probably look really familiar.)

  • I used Rust-Oleum Chalkboard paint from Home Depot
  • I tinted to it Moonstone, the most true blackboard shade of all the shades you can choose.

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With a little help from the only non-napper at this point (cross your fingers) I painted two coats of chalkboard paint on Ms. Daisy.  After letting it dry in the sun, the first chalk line was made and...

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A real menu platter was born!  Wednesday night dinner never looked so good.  (I'm thinking this will be awesome for my new reader in the household who is reading-or sounding out-anything and everything these days.)

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Note: If you make your own menu platter and you're using a heavy ceramic platter, I would consider getting a plate stand.  My menu platter is, at the moment, being held up perfectly by my corn.  One swift tug on the corn from Annabelle (which already happened yesterday) was enough to encourage me to find a stand.

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Start looking through your cupboards or thrift stores for a platter and make one for Thanksgiving dinner.  Can't you just see it now- the turkey roasting, kids running around the house, family members setting the festive table, and there it is, your beautiful Thanksgiving Day menu, reminding everyone of what is to come.

I think you all should make one.  Really, all of you.  It was easy as easy can be.  Chalkboard paint.  Two coats.  And then breaking out summer's leftover sidewalk chalk.  Make it and show us all on the sleepy time gal flickr group.  Can't wait to see what you do!

the sleepy time gal