Slate Cheese Serving Tray (tutorial)

by ilene on July 27, 2011 · 5 comments

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Hi! My vintage state shirts were “freshly pressed” yesterday!!!   It was featured on the homepage of wordpress.com.  What a nice surprise! It’s been so fun reading all the new comments I’ve gotten!  Everyone’s so nice and encouraging! Welcome to all my new readers! I hope you enjoy my site and are inspired by something!
I originally guest posted about this slate cheese serving tray over at Pizzazerie, but I like it so much, I thought I’d share it with my readers, too!  My friend S has this gorgeous cheese platter that she got at Crate and Barrel. It’s just a flat piece of slate with some felt padding on the bottom.  It made the cheeses she was serving look so beautiful!  Because I eat lots of cheese (my love for cheese expounded upon here) and often serve it when we host dinner parties,  I really wanted one, too! So I decided to make one!  It’s really so simple!  It literally took me 15 seconds to make.  And cost of this gorgeous cheese tray? $1.69.

All you need are two thing: One 12×12″ piece of slate and some self-adhesive felt pads (the kind you stick on the bottom of furniture so that it doesn’t scratch your floors):

I already had the felt pads so all I needed to do was head to the nearest Home Depot’s outdoor flooring section.  They had a huge selection where I picked out this gray slate one for $1.69.  One thing to note is that I noticed the slate comes in different thicknesses. I picked out one that was thinner than the others because it really made a huge difference in weight and I didn’t want one that was too heavy. I also picked a piece that was pretty flat across the top and without any cracks/crevices. When you get home, give it a thorough washing because there was a lot of dirt caked on.  I thought about sealing the top of the slate but but all the stone sealants I found were toxic, so I left it as it is.  I think it’s pretty safe to use as is, but use at your own risk!

Then all you have to do is stick the adhesive pads onto the bottom of the slate piece:

And you’re done!  See?  So easy!!!  I think the tray really makes the spread look so fancy:

You can also write down the name of the cheeses you are serving with chalk, it’s a great way to label what you are serving for your guests:

*handwash, do not put in the dishwasher

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1 katiefoutz July 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm

OMG. I have leftover slate from my kitchen floor AND I have felt pads. Looks like I have a fancy new cheese tray. :) Thanks for the tutorial, and congrats on Freshly Pressed!

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2 aJgazmen July 28, 2011 at 1:07 am

Congratulations on being featured!
I’m from Texas so ya kno I shall be making that to add to my tee shirt collection.
I’m also falling in love with my bed and will start using felt… attempt is the word.
Thanks =D

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3 Elly July 31, 2011 at 6:07 pm

What a beautiful idea! I am a *huge* fan of cheese, so I’ll definitely have to make a trip down to ye olde Home Depot to try out this project. :-) Thanks for this tutorial!!

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