Simple plates from the dollar store can easily be turned into faux galvanized charger plates to adorn your table all year long.
This is another simple craft that I have seen done before. However, often even if a project seems overdone to me, I find that when I talk with my family and friends, so many of them have never heard of the idea.
So when I was looking for some galvanized charger plates for my dining room and realized how expensive they were, I decided to go the DIY route.
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This is a plastic charger plate from the dollar store. Since I needed eight, paying one dollar seemed much better than five or ten dollars a piece for the real thing.
However, the gold was the only color they had and it looked a little cheap. What do you expect for one dollar?
How could I make them look better? Paint!
Start by scuffing up the plate all over with sandpaper.
Then give it a couple of coats of paint. I chose this hammered gray spray paint to give them a galvanized metal look.
One can of this spray paint easily covered all eight plates.
I really liked the way the hammered spray paint gives a nice texture to different areas of the plate.
You may want to buy an extra plate. That way you can experiment a little to get the texture you like.
It works perfect with my rustic plates and I feel like it can be used, not just in fall, but all year long.
Faux Galvanized Charger Plates
Then all I needed to do to decorate for fall was add a little color.
These bright orange pyracantha berries did the trick.