Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thrift Store Silver Platter into a Chalk Board

Thanks for joining me and  DIY Design Studio.   I have for you a quick upcycle project. 

I bet we have all seen these pretty (yet tarnished) silver serving trays at the thrift and antique shops, right?  They make great upcycled pieces.  Today, with the help of Dixie Belle Chalk Paints, I turned one into a cute little chalkboard for my kitchen.  It is the perfect size for a little grocery list. 

And, here is what I did.
I started with my silver tray after giving a good cleaning. 
I did not sand the piece first. 
That is the great part of Dixie Belle, in most cases no sanding needed for your first step.  
 Next, I applied two coasts of Apricot.  Then, a light dry brushed coat of Dried Sage. 
Then, I added another coat of Apricot to "hide" the Dried Sage.
I then gave it a little sanding with this easy to hold sanding sponge.
This reveals the layers of color down to the silver.
 I then, sealed it with Satin Clear Coat Sealer. 
Then, came 2 coats of chalkboard paint in the center.  
 Yay, it is finally dry. 
With chalkboard paint it is recommended to let it dry for 24 hours
before "conditioning" it and writing on it.  Shhhh,
I didn't quite wait that long and it seems fine.
 Here we have the "conditioning" part. 
This is basically like seasoning your cast iron skillet or crepe pain. 
You take a piece of chalk and lay it on its side and just color in the entire chalkboard area. 
Then, wipe clean with a paper towel.
 I love how it brought out all that great etching in the silver.
 Oooh  Aaah....
 And, here you have it...a cute little chalkboard that will hang in my
kitchen where everyone can add to our ever growing grocery store list.
Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope you are inspired to grab a great thrift store find and get upcycling with Diy Design Studio and Dixie Belle Paints.


Here is a list of supplies used for this project;
Silver Tray
Dixie Belle Paints and Sealer
Chip Brush
Sanding Sponges
Paper towel
Chalkboard paint


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