Chalkboard paint is just plain fun in a can. I mean, who wouldn’t want a whole wall to write sassy notes on, a chest of drawers that can change on a whim or a little table that says “lovely” on top? My hand is raised, folks! I love the options that chalkboard paint offers, and it is now available in a variety of fantastic colors at Hudson Paint. Chalkboard paint is not just for kids, but it does release the inner child in all of us! Today on Before & After Basics, we are going to draw outside the lines for a bit. — Barb
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- chalkboard paint
- sponge roller
- paint tray
- drop cloth
- painter’s tape
1. Make sure that the surface you are painting, whether it be walls or a piece of furniture, is clean and free of all dirt and dust. Smooth surfaces work best so if there are any bumps and bruises, be sure to sand and smooth them before starting.
2. Tape off any areas where you do not want chalkboard paint.
3. Apply chalkboard paint. For all of the chalkboard pieces that I have done, I cut in the outer line with a brush and roll the large surfaces with a foam roller. The foam roller gives the smoothest finish out there, and you will want to overlap your brushed area for the smoothest finish.
4. Allow the first coat to dry for 4 to 24 hours. Drying times vary according to the product, so read all labels carefully. Depending on your project, one coat may be plenty, but most of the time you will need at least two coats.
5. After the second coat has been applied, and you are happy with the coverage, allow the piece to cure and dry for 3 days before writing on it with chalk. Some manufacturers suggest “priming” your piece by covering the entire surface with chalk and then erasing it before it is ready for use. I personally have never done that, but wanted to put it out there :)
Now you are ready to get witty with it, and doodle away!