Chalkboard Paint: Would You Try It?

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chalkboard paint

Photo by Rubyellen of Cakies'

It may be summertime but that doesn't mean the chalkboards should disappear! They may be key in classrooms but chalkboard paint can be useful around the home, whether it be for message boards ("Honey, don't forget to pick up the kids from soccer practice!") or a canvas for your little artist.

Chalkboard paint is an easily cleaned water-based paint that will adhere to many surfaces which allows you to create a chalkboard basically anywhere you want, though smooth surfaces work best.

  • Make sure you clean the surface before hand.
  • Outline a boundary using paint tape to create a crisp border.
  • Use primer first, especially if the surface is porous or you are starting with bare wood.
  • Paint chalkboard paint on evenly with a good quality bristle or sponge brush.
  • You may need to apply several coats. It is best to wait 24 hours before recoating.
  • Be sure the paint is entirely dry before applying the chalk artwork.
  • You can find chalkboard paint at most home improvement stores and you can now even buy it in different colors.

    Do you like the idea of chalkboard paint? What kind of use would you get out of it?

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    awalkerm awalkerm

    I would  use the chalkboad removable wall stickers, since I live in military housing and it is hard to cover up!

    goali... goaliemom93

    I did my sons closet doors in chalkboard spray paint- he's 16 and still loves it! of course when his friends are over they get alittle carried away and I am not happy with the things they draw and write, but thats what erasers are for!

    mmmom... mmmommy0207

    Sounds like my next home project!

    tess-... tess-n-co

    we did it in our dining room. we had a wall that juts out randomly and it was the perfect spot for a chalkboard wall. we put our house on the market and it sold in the first week.


    we're building a house in a neighboring town and we plan on painting a wall in our new home. i love chalkboard paint. and so do my kids and all of their little friends too.     :o)

    lltp lltp

    Check this out. It's way cooler than chalkboard paint. Just found out about it here:


    http://www.mamaista.com/2009/10/12/and-the-nobel-goes-to/


    You'll thank me.

    littl... littlebear

    THE KIDS LOVE TO DRAW ON MY FRONTDOOR SO I PAINTED IT WITH CHALKBOARD PAINT SO I ALWAYS SEE THEIR DRAWINS OR LIL NOTES EACH DAY,ALSO I LEAVE LIL NOTES FOR MYSELF, THEN I DID THE WALL UNDER MY BREAKFASTBAR FOR THE SMALLER KIDS AND A HALLWAY WALL AND CLOSET DOORS.THERES NOT A DAY  THAT PASSES I DONT  SEE THEIR BEAUTIFUL WORK OF ATR

    MrsNe... MrsNewman

    I love the idea of it. Im actually considering using it when we get around to redoing the kids rooms. 

    Nessa... Nessasmomma

    We don't own we rent so I can't put it on the walls but my friend and I took paper size pieces of wood from michaels. Put pink borders around them painted them in chalkboard paint and then when they dryed wrote there names on the bottom. My daughter loves hers!!!!

    AIMIE489 AIMIE489

    We bought our first house in june and we painted 1 wall in our girls playroom with it they love it!!!

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