It’s no secret that I absolutely love cheese. At any given time there’s likely at least four different varieties of cheese in my fridge. So naturally, a fancy cheese platter like this one has always been on my apartment wish list. Unfortunately I can’t justify spending that much money on something so unnecessary – so I decided to make a cheaper version myself.
- A ceramic platter – I found mine on clearance at Target
- Chalkboard paint – Martha Stewart’s multi-surface paint is non-toxic and safe to put food on.
- Paint brushes
- Painting or masking tape
Be sure to wash all of your ceramic pieces before painting – to remove dust or dirt. The platter I bought has a nice ridge along the outside that I wanted to remain white so I taped it off with masking tape.
Make sure to shake the paint well and coat surface of platter evenly. You’ll need to do two coats so don’t worry if your first one is streaky or slightly uneven. Let the paint dry fully (about an hour and a half) before adding a second coat.
After the second coat of paint dried the paint was a little crackly but it set up just fine. The paint I used is non-toxic so I’m comfortable putting food on it (provided that it’s not wet foods like fruit) and cleaning it with a damp cloth. Otherwise you’re ready for entertaining! I can’t wait to break my new platter out at my first grown-up dinner party in my new apartment.