Repurposed Chalkboard Silver Platter

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How to Make a Thrift Store Repurposed Chalkboard Silver Platter Wreath for your Christmas Décor

I shared a project, a repurposed painting turned wreath that I shared at the Habitat for Humanity DIY Workshop I hosted one year. I was able to make another sample of a second project which was transforming these old silver platters I found on my thrifty treasure hunt.

How to Make a Thrift Store Repurposed Chalkboard Silver Platter Wreath for your Christmas Décor

Chalkboard Silver Platter Instructions

Time: 1 hour plus drying time

Materials:

  • Silver Platters
  • Silver Polish
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Chalk
  • Paper Towel
  • Ribbon
  • Artificial Flowers
  • Garland Wire
  • Duct Tape

Polishing the Silver Platter

As you can imagine, finding s silver platter at a thrift store is a score, but it usually entails cleaning it up a bit. This one was almost all black. I used Wright’s Silver Cream.  It was easy to use and comes with a sponge.  Simply rub the cream with the sponge directly onto the platter and rinse it off with water. Use a soft cloth to dry it off.

How to Make a Thrift Store Repurposed Chalkboard Silver Platter Wreath for your Christmas Décor

 

As you can see from the pictures there were some tarnished spots I could not remove.  This made it even a better candidate for an upcycled makeover.

Painting with Chalkboard Paint

This process took almost three hours for me because I painted three coats of chalkboard paint allowing it to dry for one hour in between coats. I used Martha Stewart’s chalkboard paint.

How to Make a Thrift Store Repurposed Chalkboard Silver Platter Wreath for your Christmas Décor

 

Once the paint is dry you need to season the board with chalk.  Using the chalk on it’s side, rub it onto the chalkboard.  Lastly, wipe the chalk off with a paper towel or clean cloth.

Decorating the Platter

I wanted this to look like a Christmas wreath. Duct tape was used to secure the bow in the back. This way, it can be removed easily. Various artificial flowers and greenery from the 99 Cent Store and Walmart finished the wreath off.  I cut them up and pieced them together using garland wire to secure them.  I left some wire hanging out and down the back so that I can tape it down with duct tape.

How to Make a Thrift Store Repurposed Chalkboard Silver Platter Wreath for your Christmas Décor

 

It turned out great! You can write any message you wish.  Hang it inside or on your front door!

Here is a larger platter that I turned into a menu board.

 

Here is a quick YouTube video for this Chalkboard Silver Platter I made for a more detailed visual.

 

I hope you liked my Chalkboard Silver Platter!

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Updated and improved from November 2017.

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