Chalkboard Paint: Would You Try It?

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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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