Do you ever buy items at a thrift store with the idea that one day you hope you will know what to make with it?
That is exactly what happened with this tin plate. I bought this several months ago and finally figured out what to do with it. Not only am I am so happy I was able to upcycle it, but I had everything in my supply stash and was able to do this project for about $1.50.
This is a very easy project that requires no fancy tools and it is a great way to add some fall/Thanksgiving decor to your house on the cheap. Plus if you love the farmhouse/fixer upper look chalkboard surfaces fit right in.
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SUPPLIES FOR TIN PLATE UPCYCLE
STEPS TO MAKE TIN PLATE UPCYCLE
Here is the lovely tin plate I picked up at the thrift store.
STEP 1) I started out by painting the plate with chalkboard paint. Once that was dry I “seasoned” it with white chalk. To season chalkboard paint run the side of a piece of chalk on the surface and wife off with a wet rag. This is what gives the surface the chalkboard look.
STEP 2) Create a stencil or graphic. I used my Silhouette Cameo with the intention of making a stencil, however when I made the stencil out of contact paper it stuck to the chalkboard surface making it difficult to reposition the stencil and it removed some of the paint. Vinyl would probably work, however since I had no vinyl I improvised and used the chalk transfer method to outline the graphic.
The chalk transfer method is a great way to transfer graphics especially if you don’t own a cutting machine like Silhouette. Start out by printing the graphic on to regular printer paper. Cut out around the graphic. Grab some chalk and rub it all over the back side of the paper, making sure you included all of the graphic.
Next place the paper backside down on the surface where the graphic will be transferred too. Using a pencil trace around the graphic. Once complete lift the paper up and the chalk from the backside of the paper will have created an outline of the graphic. I used a chalk marker to outline the letters.
Have you upcycled a tin plate? Would love to see it. Please share on my Facebook page with #tinplateupcycle.