I love the way chargers dress up a table.
It adds that extra flair to the table setting and makes the table look dressed even after the meal has begun. It is one of the wonderful tools I implement in keeping my Pesach (Passover) seder table elegant and neat (see Seder Table Ideas and Inspirations).
Decades ago, I bought a set of gold chargers to use for Shabbos and special occasions. Then, gold was the only option and it matched the gold leaf border on my china. The chargers were painted plastic and very heavy.
The top dozen of these chargers have been used over and over again and through constant use and cleaning, the gold has rubbed off and they have gotten just a bit grimy. They have really been put to good use, but could really use a facelift.
Besides, nowadays chargers are much more common, much lighter and can be purchased at many discount stores.
I plan to purchase a new set of gold chargers and wanted a way to upcycle my faded and well-used chargers.
Enter….chalkboard spray paint. It is one of those supplies that can be used in so many creative ways. Among so many other projects, I used it to accent the DIY Nightstand Play Kitchen for JuJu and it is so simple to apply.
While I was collecting the well-used chargers, I came across an oddball silver one that had been a gift, but had never matched the gold set. I added it to my collection of soon-to-be-repurposed charges.
I washed the chargers with soapy water, dried them well and sprayed them with chalkboard paint.
I now have a new look that can even be easily personalized with chalk…voila!