This project came about when I purchased a new table and wanted to protect the top. I didn’t want to hide it under a tablecloth and I don’t like fabric placemats, so I was looking for another solution.
While picking up greeting cards at the dollar store the other day, I noticed they had plastic chargers. I picked up a half dozen to see what I could do with them.
I love how they came out!
Here’s how I did it.
– as many chargers as you need
– black Krylon Fusion spray paint*
– black Krylon Chalkboard paint (also comes in green!)
*Krylon Fusion is the only spray paint I have found that really sticks to plastic — requires no surface prep, either.
How to do it:
Start with Krylon Fusion. I spray (outside) into a box propped up against a tree or the side of the garage. Follow the manufacturers directions. At first, it looks like this:
Then, it starts to look like this:
Cover the top entirely, even the edges. I didn’t need to spray the bottoms because they were already black.
Once dry, start spraying with the chalkboard spray. It only takes one coat, but take your time, since this paint is fickle and doesn’t always spray smoothly. I find shaking the can over and over and clearing the nozzle frequently helps prevent pesky droplets from forming on surfaces.
Let the chalkboard paint dry completely. I wouldn’t use them for at least 24 hours.
I’m going to bet you find lots of fun uses for these. Here’s what they look like in our house:
Let me know if you try it!
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