Chalkboard cheese stones are a great way to serve your favorite finger foods while showing off some creative flair. You can write on them, chill them to keep foods at temperature, and best of all, they’re cheap and easy to make (but you don’t have to tell them that). Here’s how to make your own in 5 easy steps:
- Slate tile
- Chalkboard paint
- Sponge brush
- Flathead screwdriver
- Paint Stick
You should be able to find all of these at your local home improvement store for about $10 all together (depending on the size of paint you buy). If you want to get real creative, they also have chalkboard paint that can be tinted different colors. When selecting the slate tiles, make sure you find one with a surface you like the texture of. Also keep in mind how difficult it is to write on grooved surfaces.
Clean off the slate tiles from any dust, grease, and debris. The cleaner the surface, the better the paint will stick to it. Since we’re working with slate, also be sure to remove any brittle and loose pieces that might come off later and ruin your masterpiece. Run the tiles under water until the water runs clear, then towel dry to get rid of any remaining dust. Let it dry thoroughly before moving on to step 2.
Prepare your work surface by laying down some cardboard or newspaper so your housemates don’t yell at you for ruining the house. Use the flat head screwdriver to pry open the can of paint. Start with one side then work your way around the brim. Be gentle opening or you’ll be chalkboarding yourself as well.
Stir the paint thoroughly until it’s an even color and consistency. I like to mix it in both directions and work the bottom stuff up (just like your favorite mixed yogurt!)
Now comes the fun stuff! You can either pour a little paint directly onto the slate tile, or dip the brush in the paint and apply it. I prefer to dip just in case I pour too much. 1 medium coat will suffice, but 2 coats will give you longevity. Be sure to get the paint in all the grooves and brush out any pools of paint that collect at the edges. Follow the instructions on the paint regarding re-coat and dry times.
Buy some chalk, cheese, and call your friends over. Take pictures as they compliment your fanciness and creativity. Try to stay humble.
Note: We don’t recommend eating directly off the chalkboard paint. Place the cheeses and snacks on a piece of parchment or wax paper to keep things sanitary and impress your friends with your superb health consciousness.