Do you want to use charger plates on your table but you want a particular color that you can’t find? I don’t have enough storage space to keep multiple sets of chargers. I like the way that chargers look, but I don’t want to spend a lot either.
That’s when I thought – I wonder if you can spray paint them? Spray paint is the fastest way to transform so many things in a jiffy. If you want to learn more, read my guide to spray paint anything.
Today, I’ll be spray painting some chargers I found at the dollar store. They have a very plane shape, which I wanted (and makes them easier to spray paint) and the price was right at $1.25 each.
Materials Needed to DIY Charger Plates
I saw some interesting posts out there where people had decoupaged fabric onto their charger plates. My only hesitation with trying this is that I’m not sure if they are washable. I’m going to test them out after I try the spray painting for Christmas.
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- Charger plates (similar price to dollar store ones, 8 for $19). Ignore what they look like.
- Spray paint – I chose red because I think I can use them for lots of holidays, Christmas, Valentines and July 4.
- Brown paper – spray paint tends to drift. Best to spray on top of something you can throw away.
Steps To Paint Plastic Charger Plates
If you could find white chargers, they would be far quicker to paint. My dollar store only had black and white check plates, but for $1.25 each you can’t beat the price.
The key with spray painting ANYTHING is to use quick, light strokes. It’s better to do a light coat and do MORE coats than to try and load up the paint in just one coat. Spraying too much pain on leads to drip marks. Spray paint dries very quickly, so you don’t have to wait more than 30 minutes to apply another layer.
To cover the black and white took me four coats of spray paint, but each coat only took a minute. I like to spray paint outside on top of brown paper or boxes, or whatever else is about to go into the trash.
One thing about spray painting outside is that the weather has to be warm. I started to paint and suddenly the paint stopped coming out. It was too cold. Don’t try to spray paint if the temperature is below 60.
Let the plates dry for a few hours minimum before you use them. What I like about this simple DIY is that you could do any color. You could do green for Saint Patrick’s Day, pink or purple for Easter or whatever floats your boat. I hope you try it out and let me know what you think.