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How To Use Chalkboard Paint - page 2
Chalkboard Paint Painting Tips
Chalkboard paint, now available in almost any color, can transform a surface into a writeable, functional, durable and erasable chalkboard. Objects, walls or nearly any smooth surface can become a canvas, message board or event planner.
Allow the chalkboard paint to cure before using.
The paint will dry to the touch in about an hour but it should not be written on until it is fully dry and cured. This will take a minimum of 24 hours and some brands may require longer. Paint gets harder as it cures and this takes time. Benjamin Moore® recommends waiting 3 days.
Condition the surface.
After the paint has fully cured the surface needs to be “conditioned”. Use a piece of chalk laid on its side and completely cover the surface with a even layer of chalk. Erase the chalk with a slightly damp cloth, let dry and you are ready to begin using your chalkboard.
Try different chalks.
You may find chalks will not all work as well as others. Dark color chalks may be harder to completely erase without leaving a shadow or ghost of the original marking. Lighter color chalks usually perform and erase best. Some chalks may contain wax, oil or pigments that could leave a residue.
Chalkboard Painting Ideas
Do you have a great idea or have used chalkboard paint in an interesting way? Share it with the readers of the painted surface. Send a description of your project along with a photo and we will add it to our site. Send the info to My Idea.
62 squares of varying shades of chalkboard paint covering a wall becomes a 2 month planner. Custom size the squares for your needs to keep track of projects in the home or office. Great for multi-users and quick to edit. An assortment of colors can be mixed together to make more colors to vary the look of each square. Border the calendar with a solid band for lists, ideas and notes.
Below the Chairail
Is there a child's room with wallpaper above a chair rail and you can't quite find the right paint for below it. Use chalkboard paint for the little one's art canvas. Kids love to draw on the walls, give them a place to express their artistic side.
Rear Entry Wall
Need to leave yourself a note or a message to someone coming or going. Create an easy to use message center that everyone will see. Paint an area of wall or pieces of plywood a color of chalkboard paint to match the decor of the space. Benjamin Moore will make any color of chalkboard paint.
Tape off an area inside the pantry door or the side of a kitchen cabinet to create a chalkboard for your shopping list. As you run out of something make a quick note on the spot.
Renew a worn child's table. The chalkboard paint is acrylic and will adhere to most surfaces, sand to degloss a hard shiny surface and paint it for a fun, durable and reuseable art canvas.
Terra Cotta Pots
Looking for a fun and decorative way to label your herb and flower pots. Paint the whole pot or tape off a band around it and paint it with chalkboard paint.
Paint the inside of a cabinet door and have a place to record that recipe form tv or a telephone friend. It will be easy to view when you need it.
Use a decorative molding, picture frame or contrasting color to create a frame around the chalkboard.
Chalkboard Paint Questions and Answers
Can I make my own chalkboard paint?
Yes. There is a recipe going around for homemade chalkboard paint. I have not tried it but plan to soon to see how it works compared to the store brands. It is made by adding 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout to 1 cup of paint. Make sure to use unsanded tile grout. Stir the mixture thoroughly, the grout can tend to form lumps. Some folks mix the grout first with a small amount of water then add it to the paint. The paint should be a 100% acrylic in a flat, matte or eggshell finish. Mix only the amount you wish to use at the time, once the grout is activated it will begin to dry and harden. Apply as you would other paints. After the final coat is fully cured it may need to be sanded to smooth the surface, then “condition” the surface as done with regular chalkboard paint.
Is chalkboard paint permanent?
Yes. Once the paint is dry it is permanent. Protect adjacent areas and clothing while painting. Wet paint is difficult to remove from carpet, fabrics and clothing and nearly impossible if it has dried.
How much area will a quart cover?
On average, and this will vary, a quart of acrylic paint will cover 100 square feet one coat. If three coats are needed I would not plan on painting more than 25 square feet. The color of the paint, the texture of the surface being painted and the application methods will affect the coverage of any paint.
Can colors be mixed to create other shades?
Yes. Certainly so if all the colors are of the same brand and probably so if they are different. Test a small amount to be sure.
Can it be used for exterior projects?
It will depend on the brand of chalkboard paint you are using. Some do not recommend the paint to be used where it will be exposed to the elements.
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