Simple plates from the dollar store can easily be turned into faux galvanized charger plates to adorn your table all year long. It's so simple but I think the result is worth sharing.
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.
Faux Galvanized Charger Plates
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.
Note: 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. Since they are only $1 it's well worth it.
It works perfect with my rustic plates and I feel like it can be used, not just in fall, but all year long.
Then all I needed to do to decorate for fall was add a little color. I think that these bright orange pyracantha berries did the trick.
DIY Galvanized-Like Charger Plates
- Plastic dollar store charger in any color
- Hammered spray paint
- Scuff up the plate all over with sandpaper.
- Spray with hammered gray paint.
- Add a second or third coat.
- Allow the plate to dry overnight.