I love chalkboard paint. There’s just something magical about a paint that makes it okay to write on the walls, tables, doors, or wherever. And not get in trouble for it. I used to sneak and write on the walls in my closet and underneath my bed when I was a little girl, and those walls weren’t painted with chalkboard paint. Let’s just say that my mom didn’t appreciate the artistic value in my scribblings and drawings in the way that I thought she might. Who am I kidding, I didn’t think at all, I just drew!
Chalkboard paint is a great thing for
budding graffiti artists children who like to create. Or if you need an area for grocery lists and reminders, phone messages, or just a place to doodle, it’s the ideal paint.
I recently painted an area in my teenage daughter’s room with chalkboard paint. I primed it first with magnetic paint. I’m not an artist, so it’s nothing special, but she really likes it. It gives her a place to jot down her to-do list for the week and she can also attach photos or notes without having to put thumbtack holes in the wall.
I used Rustoleum Magnetic primer ($26.99/qt) and Benjamin Moore’s chalkboard paint ($18.99/qt), purchased at Kittrell Paint and Wallpaper, where I happen to work 3 days a week. The magnetic primer requires 3 coats, and the chalkboard paint recommends 2 or 3 coats. Allow for drying time in between coats. And no, I didn’t realize when I was trying to make it into an interesting shape that it would resemble a violin. As I said, I’m no artist, but I can paint walls and furniture decently.
There are so many other great uses for chalkboard paint, and I’ve got lots of them pinned on my pinterest page, DIY ~ creative use of chalkboard paint. These are not my pictures or projects, but are pins from various places throughout the internet.
Click at the bottom on the pinterest button to visit the board, and then click on each photo to find out more info.
Here’s just a few of my favorites:
So, are you inspired to paint something with chalkboard paint now? I know I am. I’ve just got to figure out which wall in my kitchen is about to become a doodle wall. And I can’t wait to paint my salvaged doors.
There are so many clever ways to use this stuff, where have you used it?
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