I’ve seen chalkboard cheese plates in several specialty-cooking shops, and while I love the concept, I don’t usually love the price.
This week I picked up two aerosol cans of Chalkboard spray paint for about $6 each (one green, and one black). I used the green paint first, and went to town spraying anything that might benefit from a kitschy labeling solution: Tupperware lids, old jars that I could give as gifts, vases, terracotta pots, etc. As long as it holds still long enough to let the paint dry between coats, you will end up with an even base that will be chalk-ready.
I don’t actually recommend spraying the lids of Tupperware. The paint doesn’t adhere to the plastic very well, and if you use any force at all when trying to write out the contents of the container in chalk, you will just end up scraping the paint away. As shown here:
For the cheeseboard, I looked to the backyard. I found an extra tile, and tossed it on the grass to examine further/knock any spiders off. It actually broke when I tossed it, but that gave it more of an authentic cheeseboard-y look! Happy accident! Place your serving dishes on the newly painted tile, label, and enjoy!