Chalkboard Paint Brings Out Your Artistic Side

Do you have a child that loves to draw? Need a place to leave notes to your loved one or perhaps a list of things that need to be done? Rather than wasting money on sheet after sheet of paper, chalkboard paint provides you with the perfect solution. Chalkboard paint allows you to transform any wall or surface in your house into a notepad or even a mural. The best part is that once you grow tired of the design you can wipe it off and start all over again!

Buying Chalkboard Paint

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Luckily, if you are looking to buy chalkboard paint it is relatively easy to find, it can be found in most home improvement stores; sometimes even the small family owned hardware stores will even carry it. Craft stores and online retailers also sell a variety of brands of chalkboard paint. With how many different brands there are many people wonder what the best chalkboard paint is. After all, if you are going to turn a portion of your home into a chalkboard you want to use the best supplies. Crayola chalkboard paint and Rust-Oleum Chalk Board are two of the most popular and trusted brands on the market.

What Can I Do With Chalkboard Paint?

One of the best things about using chalkboard paint is how many different things you can do with it. While there are a lot of chalkboard paint ideas on the internet already, you are only limited by your imagination. Turning a wall into a giant chalkboard is only one of the ideas you will find. Having a chalkboard for a wall in any room of the house allows kids and adults to show their creative side, even better they can change the theme as they change their mind. Just be careful that your children do not confuse your regular walls for the chalkboard wall!

Other chalkboard paint ideas include making fancy framed chalkboards, memo pads, table art, and many more. Fancy framed chalkboards and memo pads are rather simple to do. To create the memo pad you will need the paint and an old wooden tray. Paint the bottom of the wooden tray with the paint and allow it to dry. Fancy framed chalkboards can be done directly on the wall or on old mirrors. When painting directly on the wall be sure to tape off the area you do not want painted. Once the paint has dried place the frame around the edges and you are done. Metal sheets can also be used to create a magnetic chalkboard or you can use magnetic chalkboard paint for the same effect. Have a table that needs to be refinished, why not throw on a coat of chalkboard paint your kids can draw while the wait!

Chalkboard paint for walls can also be used on doors. Turn on side of the pantry door into a chalkboard, great place for jotting down groceries that you need during your next trip to the store. Need a place to write down phone messages, tired of your kids’ excuses about why they did not write them down, chalkboard paint for walls can be used to turn a portion of the wall into a message board! Need to label your containers, do not want anything permanent, try using some chalkboard paint, change the name every time you refill. Chalkboard paint ideas are virtually endless, so let your creative sideshow.

Want Chalkboard Paint To Stick? Follow These Simple Tips

Chalkboard paint is not the same as regular paint, despite it being used for the same purpose. There is nothing worse than going through all the trouble of painting with this specialty paint only to find out it did not work and you have to go through the entire process again. Rather than going through the trouble of redoing your work, here are some simple tips you can follow to ensure your chalkboard paint sticks the first time around!

Purchase Enough Paint The First Time Around

Before you even begin painting you want to make sure you have enough paint for the entire project, you do not want to run out of paint in the middle. With chalkboard paint if you run out of paint during the project and have to go to the store to purchase more you will notice the difference on the wall or object being painted. The reason for this is that your original layer of paint will have started to dry and getting the same consistency and tint as before is often difficult to do. The difference will only be noticed after the paint dries, so be warned!

Preparing The Wall Surface For Paint

Just like with other painting projects you want to work with a clean, perfect surface. To create a perfect surface you will want to fill any holes or cracks in the wall with some kind of putty, joint compound works great. After the putty has dried sand it down for a smooth surface, in some cases you will have to a second application of putty if that is the case just follow the previous steps. Once the wall is smooth, you will need to clean the wall, paint will not stick to any dirty surface, and putty often leaves behind a thin residue. Cleaning the wall is as simple as washing the wall with warm water and a mild cleaning agent, which can be found in any home improvement store.

Stirring The Paint

When you stir your chalkboard paint, you want to do so carefully. Stirring the paint too hard can cause the paint to breakdown, which means no chalkboard for you! Rather than using a stir stick to stir the paint use your paintbrush instead. When stirring simply move the paint around in a can rather than swirl it in circles.

Applying The Paint

When you are ready to start painting, you do not want to work from edge to edge like you do with regular paint. With this kind of paint, you want to start in the middle and work your way out. Paint slow and steady to ensure consistency, but also to make sure you are overlapping your brush marks. Clean up all drips as soon as they happen this ensures that the surface stays smooth. When applying paint do not slop a ton of paint onto the wall, but you do need to use a decent amount of paint. Once that is done the paint has to dry for at least 3 days before you can do anything else.

Preparing The Surface For Writing And Drawing

After the 3 days, you can prepare the surface to be written on. To prepare the surface simply rub chalk all over it, cover the entire area with a good layer of chalk. Allow the chalk to stay on the surface for a bit and then wipe off. Now you are ready to begin using the chalkboard!

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