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Just a cute idea that needed sharing

Update, having made the tiles as gifts:

  1. They were not free.  As a matter of fact I had a difficult time finding smooth slate and ended up ordering them from a local tile supplier.  Even they had to special order.
  2. After the first washing/olive oil, skip the olive oil.  The chalk disappeared into the oil and after a couple hours had elapsed, the message was unreadable.
  3. I adopted Martha Stewart’s recommendation to prime in her “do it yourself chalkboard paint” tutorial (which rocked BTW), and coated the whole surface with chalk, then wiped off.  That “priming” helped the chalk stay visible.
  4. Aside from the cheeseboard, I recommend putting the tile in a cookbook holder and using it as a daily menu listing, to do list, or just messages of love for your family.
  5. If you’re going to serve wine with your cheese, make your own chalkboard paint and coordinate the slate cheese tile with wine glasses sporting chalkboards for guests to write their names on.  Definitely use a primer before applying the paint.  I recommend “Gripper,” which is amazing.  You can find it at Home Depot.


DIY slate cheeseboard

What’s better than cheese and crackers? A good excuse to eat them. And that, my friends, is exactly what this super cute slate cheeseboard will give you– All for under $5.

1 | Slate tile (you can get free samples at tile & flooring stores)

2 | Felt Circles

3 | Olive oil

4 | Chalk marker / chalk (optional)

how to make your own slate cheeseboard

1 | Scrub (thoroughly) and rinse your slate piece, and pat dry.

2 | Coat all surfaces of the slate with olive oil, then scrub and rinse slate again. This will condition the surface and help create a barrier between the slate & food. Once you’ve scrubbed and rinsed the second time, apply one last coat of olive oil and dab away the excess. *

3 | Apply adhesive felt circles to each of the four corners.

4 | Using a chalk marker, label the cheeses.

5 | Display and…

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      1. You don’t have to do anything special to the plates but its the paint that matters, you need Porcelaine paint.

        Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Chalkboard Paint (available at Dick Blick or Amazon)

        You could paint on a Porcelaine platter like from Cb2 and make sure after you paint it, you bake your platter following the instructions printed on the back of the paint bottle. After baking turn off the oven and leave the platter inside until it has gradually cooled to room temperature. After you bake it the paint is dishwasher and microwave safe.

        Hope this helps!


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