I have to admit. I did this charger plates re-fresh for our Christmas place settings, so I should have posted it a long time ago. I still feel like, however, this could be something you could use in your table settings year round.
I started with these purple chargers that we’ve had forever. We used to have a really contemporary dining set, and I used colors like olive green, gold and purple. Now that I’ve switched over to more french country decor and more neutral colors, these chargers just didn’t get used. So, I wanted to do something to them to change that.
I started out by giving them a coat of black paint on the fronts (the backs were already black). I used this black flat spray paint from Wal-Mart (only 98 cents a can!). It sticks well and gives a chalkboard like appearance once it dries.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you will already know that I am totally obsessed with this contact paper from Amazon. I have already used it to cover our fireplace wall and some Lack shelves from IKEA. I had some left over, so I thought, “why not?” 🙂
The next steps are pretty simple. I turned each plate over onto the back of the contact paper, traced the outline and cut it out. After sticking the contact paper to the front of each charger, I used a utility knife to cut out the middle. It seemed to work better since I was having problems keeping it laying flat in the depressed section of the plate.
After cutting out the middle, you are left with this. I don’t mind the black middle, since you rarely see the center of a charger anyway. It’s more about the edges.
And… here is the finished product.
I actually saw some similar ones at Stein Mart for $9 each. So, I think I really scored with this simple re-do on some I already had!