Monday Night Redo #3 and how to make a cheese plate

This is a job that has been driving me crazy for way too long and I tackled the other day. 
You see I have this really pretty tray.
Looks great doesn’t it?
Not up close.
The finish started lifting soon after I got it but long enough that I couldn’t take it back.
With 20 seconds of sanding this is what it looked like.
Grrr…don’t worry though, this has a happy ending.
I’ve got a can with leftover chaulkboard paint and after seeing a really cute idea at thepicketfence I even had an idea.
I wanted a heavy coating and didn’t care how long it took to dry so I just poured it on.

A day later I got a nicely redone piece for literally nothing.
And last night I was able to use it as a pretty, swank cheese tray.
I’m going to cheat today and put two posts into one.
I was asked not to long ago to give a quickie ‘class’ on what makes a good cheese tray.
Here’s the basics with some bias in there of what we like.
Rules of thumb:
1)  Something semi-soft: Brie, camenbert, cambanzola…
2)  Something creamy:  Chevre, flavoured cream cheese or a creamy blue
3)  Something hard: parmesan or an aged cheddar
4)  Something salty: spiced nuts, seeds (sunflower are nice), olives…
5)  Something sweet:  red pepper jelly or a fruit paste or a sweet nut is great
6)  Something crunchy:  crackers, crostini…
What do I have on mine?
1)  Brie:  take it out of the fridge a good hour before you want to eat it to let it reach room temperature and be deliciously gooey
2) Chevre: I formed mine into balls and rolled them in chopped dill.  Also really nice? Chopped chives, poppy seeds, sesame seeds or crushed nuts.
3)  Three year old cheddar:  not a fan of strong cheese?  Put the type you like best.
4)  Quince paste: Amazing sliced and on chunks of cheese.  Not easy to find so grab it when you see it-it lasts forever.
5)  Salted nuts
6)  Rosemary Crackers
(oh. and maybe a bit of chocolate ‘fell in’)
Bread on the side since everybody in this house is a carb fiend these days.
Looks pretty, tastes even better and is less of a recipe than a compilation.
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  1. Olga@Stardust-Decor&Style says:

    The tray is awesome! And the bread looks so yummy!

  2. Its So Very Cheri says:

    Hey Its Cheri from Its So Very Cheri and I came over from the LINKY FOLLOWER PARTY HOP and I hope you will come over to follow me as well.


  3. Found your blog via the Linky Hop. Love the redo of the tray. The chalk paint is food safe, good to know. I am your newest Linky follower, stop by my blog and join me.

  4. Lina - Fancy Frugal Life says:

    What a beautiful tray!! Great idea..I will be on the hunt at my goodwill for a cool tray to do this with :)

  5. Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking says:

    Very cute tray! Found you through the Linky Follower blog hop… I'm your newest follower. Come on by for a visit…

  6. Beautiful tray! Just stopping by from the Linky Party Hop. I hope you will visit and follow back.


  7. The Answer Is Chocolate says:

    Wow this is an incredible transformation!

  8. Pieced Pastimes says:

    Found you via the Linky hop and have become your newest follower. Looking forward to reading your future posts. Hope you have a chance to visit and perhpas follow me back.

  9. Hello! I'm a new follower. I found you through the blog hop. I can't wait to look through more of your recipes. I hope you'll visit my blog, Allison's Durham Deals, and follow me back. It's a thrifty living blog, and I'm beginning to post more frequently about meal planning and cooking.

  10. what a tray!! good for you!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can!

  11. Love the cheese plate.

    I'm a follower from the Linky Follower Blog hop! I hope you'll follow me back!

  12. At The Picket Fence says:

    That looks so fantastic and I know my sister will get a kick out of the fact that you referenced her chalkboard! :-) Love the cheese tray tips too…I'm pretty much an equal opportunity cheese lover (lol) so this was right up my alley. :-) Thanks so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday this week!

  13. Stopping by from the Linky Follower Party Hop!

  14. Connie @ Measured by the Heart says:

    Hi,I am coming to you from the linky followers blog hop and I am happy to be your newest lf follower. If you would like to follow me back, I can be found at

  15. Lisa Balazs says:

    Yum! I want cheese! I'm so glad I found your blog through the linky blog hop. I'm now a follower. I hope you'll stop by and visit me when you get a chance.

    Hugs, LisaKay
    Belles Roses Romantiques

  16. Predictable Me says:

    Everything looks so yummy!!! Im your newest follower from the LF Party Hop. Hope you'll get the chance to stop on over at and follow as well.

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