The Many Uses of Chalkboard Paint and Magnetic Paint.

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Many uses for Chalkboard Paint.

Chalkboard paint and magnetic paint is so much fun. It’s easy to use. I bought mine at Home Depot. The acrylic paints come in the brush on paints or spray paints. It's easy to paint on and dries like a flat paint.

Here are the decorative chalkboards you can create with chalkboard paint.

We put chalkboard paint on the door heading into our laundry room. Now I have a good place to leave notes or write a grocery list.

I wish they had this when our kids were little I would have painted a wall in each kid's room in chalkboard paint. It's great for a child's room or a playroom.

Place chair rail down your hall or in a room and paint it with chalkboard paint for the kids play on for hours of fun.

You can also buy chalk pens or markers. They work better than regular chalk and they will erase. They come in all colors. They can be bought on the Internet they're called wet erase liquid chalk markers. In our town, I can't find them, but I'm sure they can be bought in places like Hobby Lobby.

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Bought Markers

I went to the big city and stopped at Hobby Lobby and I did buy some chalkboard markers. The ones I bought are called Bistro Chalk Markers they were $11.99 for four. Now I think this is expensive and I have no idea how long they will last. They're also called light board markers and they do write on glass. There were no instructions on how to use them. I shook them well then dabbed them on a piece of paper until I could see color coming into the white tip. They worked great. It just took a bit to get them going. Be very sure to snap the tops on tight you need to hear the snap when you put the top on if you don't they will dry up fast.

I put them in the glass like you see in the picture this is because they need to be stored upright and with caps on tight.

The colors are bright, not sure if you can see it in the picture. Just have to be careful when using them not to smudge what you have already done.

You can also use pastel chalks found in craft stores. I think when you see menus done up so nice on chalkboards in restaurants, they have been done with pastels.

There are also different crafts you can do with chalkboard paint. I just bought an old globe at a rummage sale. I'm putting chalkboard paint on it. When I'm done with it I'll put it on here.

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Here are some craft uses for chalkboard paint

Chalkboard paint can be put on a wall and left as is for kids to use.

If you want a different design for the room you can use chalkboard painted wall to put your own designs on like the photos above.

Paint flower pots to plant herbs and put the name of the herbs on the pot.

Buy the small empty paint cans and use them for party favors. You can buy the plain cans at home improvement stores.

Paint it on old globes for design in a child’s room or on a desk. There are so many old globes now they can be bought at rummage sales. Lots of globes are outdated now and people don't want them.

Paint a family tree on the wall and chalk in all the names and added green leaves. You can also add a small photo of each person to the branches.

Paint a dresser or cabinet and a design on it and change the design whenever you want. If it's a kids dresser you can add the names of the items in each drawer.

Paint a lamp shade if it's not made of cloth and put on your own design.

Paint the top of a table for the kids. They can use it to draw on or have them chalk pictures on the table than polyester or lacquer over and save their artwork. So cute and sweet.

Label the jars in the pantry with chalk paint. When you change the item in the jar, change the name with chalk. Paints like Rustoleum ChalkBoard can be used right on a glass.

Paint a map of the US on the kids wall with names of all the states. Won't take them long to learn the states from this.

Label the top of a canning jar.

Turn an old messed up refrigerator into a chalkboard.

Something small chalkboard paint on rocks. Write little sweet words.

Eggs for Easter

Pumpkins look great done in chalkboard.

Many Things You Can Do With Chalkboard Paint

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Let's Talk Magnetic Paint

Where to buy chalkboard and magnetic paint.

I have seen chalkboard paint sold on HSN and different places where it comes in smaller tubes. If you want to paint on the cheap then buy it at home improvement stores.

There are just so many different uses. Be creative and come up with some of your own decorative chalkboards.

Chalkboard paint is also a good way to recycle old items like the door pictured. Old doors can be found just about anywhere. Take three doors put them together and make them into a room divider and paint with chalkboard paint or magnetic paint.

I have an old wardrobe in the barn and I think this chalk paint would be a good idea for it.

I heard Nat Berkus say chalkboard paint is old. This was his words today on his show, but I think he is wrong. I love Nat, but he is not always right. Many people still like to use chalkboard paint.

I really like the Christmas Scene I think it is so pretty and just done in chalk.

Paint a wall in the kitchen. Give the kids chalk and let them go. This would keep them close while you're making a meal. I always hated my little ones wandering off while I was trying to get the meal on the table. Just so they're old enough not to eat the chalk.

If you don't want to use paint you can always buy chalkboard contact paper it works just as well.

How To Apply Magnectic and Chalkboard Paint From Rust-Oleum.

Thank you for contacting Rust-Oleum Product Support. It is possible to use the Chalkboard paint over the Magnetic Primer to create a magnetic chalkboard.

There are several things to keep in mind when using the magnetic primer. The first thing is the iron-containing pigment in the paint can easily settle to the bottom of the can. So stirring to get all of the pigment re-incorporated into the paint is essential.
Also, it's important to use the right amount of paint for the area you're painting. Ideally, one quart of the primer is needed for about a 16 sq. ft. (4 ft. by 4 ft.) area. If the product is not applied heavily enough, you won't get the full magnetic effect. If it takes more than 3 coats to get the proper amount on the surface, it's ok; simply keep applying until you have the correct amount on the surface for the area you are covering.
The smoother you get the primer on the better it works since the magnet will have more contact points to hang on with, so a foam roller is recommended for application. Larger, flexible magnets are usually the best to use since they're stronger and have more surface area. As a primer, this product can be painted over with just about any kind of wall paint without affecting the magnetism.

To condition your chalkboard, allow the paint to dry for at least three days and then lay a piece of chalk flat on the surface and cover the entire area in chalk, then erase with a standard eraser. This puts a fine layer of chalk dust on the surface and helps to improve the erasibility of the chalk.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Magnetic Paint

There is also a Magnetic Chalkboard Paint it is expensive. I think you're better off to paint the chalkboard and the magnetic paints separate. If you can't find the Magnetic Chalkboard Paint than buy a can of magnetic paint and a can of chalkboard paint. Paint on the magnetic first and put chalkboard over the top. Rust-Oleum makes both magnetic and chalkboard both can be bought at Home Depot.

If you buy Krylon you can't do this with Krylon magnetic paint it won't work with chalkboard paint over the top of the magnetic.

Magnetic paint can be put on the wall and any color you want can be put over the top of it. If you want a magnetic wall yellow go ahead and paint over magnetic paint with the yellow. If you have leftover wall paint from your original wall color, paint on magnetic paint and paint original wall color over the top. Chalkboard paint will work just fine over Rust-Oleum according to their website.

I also sent an email and ask Rust-Oleum if the chalkboard paint would work over the magnetic paint just to make sure. The answer I received is to the right in blue.

A Few Companies Which Carry Chalkboard Paint

Many companies now carry chalkboard paint. Chalkboard paint is no longer a speciality paint. It is bought anywhere from Home Depot to Walmart. Some of the brands carry chalkboard paint, Valspar, Benjamin Moore and Behr. Glidden now has a chalkboard paint can be tinted. I have included a video for Glidden’s paint.


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How To Get Organized With Chalkboard Paint.

You can use chalkboard paint as painted backsplash for the back of your stove. With most stoves having some black in them, it will look nice with your stove. It's a place to jot down recipes or grocery list.

You can instantly give old cupboards a facelift by painting the panels in chalkboard paint.

Use this paint on the back of your closet door for a list of clothes you may need to buy for the winter or summer.

Paint the door of your medicine cabinet with chalkboard paint and use as a message board for the family.

A chalkboard wall in your home office area is always handy for notes.

Help kids get organized by adding chalkboard either with paint for peel and stick to their rooms so they have a place to put notes. Notes they will be able to see right away.

Redoing an old armoire paint one door with chalkboard paint for notes and information, phone numbers.

What About Wallies or Peel and Stick Chalkboard.

You don't want to fool with paint you can always buy Wallies. They sell chalkboard decals which can be used in a frame as a chalkboard. It's removable and won't damage the walls. They also have reusable labels for your jars.

Our Chalkboard Laundry Room Door

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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Thank you for dropping in and thanks for the pin.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

This is a great hub for people who want to learn a fun new craft. Pinning this to my 'Crafts & Instructions' board.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, Thank you. I appreciate it. I was in Walmart and see they have a little bottle of chalkboard paint it was put together with other items kind of like a kit for painting on jars.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I should really do this for jars in my pantry! Going to share this again by tweeting. Very useful hub! Will create a new board on Pinterest titled Useful Tips and Ideas for this.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Deborah-Diane, I like that little poem. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, I appreciate it.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

I love how versatile chalkboard and magnetic paints are. You have some great photos here. A friend gave me a little chalkboard for my kitchen once with these words painted on:

Thank God for Dirty Dishes,

They Have a Tale to Tell.

While Other Folks are Hungry,

We're Eating Pretty Well.

I have always loved to have this little chalkboard and poem in my kitchen. It's a good reminder to us all!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Hi Kim, Good idea for a chalkboard. Thanks for stopping by. Hope all is good with you.


kmrhodes 3 years ago

Love all the ideas. I used an old plastic picture frame and made a small portable one for the nieces and nephews to play with. Can get dusty, so they have to go outside or sit down at the counter so they can periodically use the damp cloth to catch the leavings.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Sharkye11, That is true if I had a big wall I'm sure that is what I would do. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

Wow, great hub! Love the decorative touches with chalkboard paint. I would never get anything done though...I would spend all of my time doodling on the walls! :)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

alifeofdesign, Thank you and glad you liked the hub. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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alifeofdesign 3 years ago from New Hamphire

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE - both! I like the diy because of all the different colors that you can make. I especially love it in the kitchen. We made a very large frame around a portion of one of our walls where we post notes, recipes and grocery lists. Fun hub -thanks.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

mary615, Thank you for stopping by. I know it wasn't around with my kids. They had a playroom I would have done a whole wall in chalkboard paint. Thank you for the vote and share.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

bridalletter, Thank you for stopping by I appreicate it. The Halloween ideas are so easy and not expensive.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Stephanie Henkel, I know what you mean about magnetic surfaces our refrigerator is always full of notes. When company comes I have to clean it off. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote and pin.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Sneha Sunny, Thank you for stopping by and thanks so much for the vote. It is fun for kids to have a chalkboard.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

rajan jolly, Thank for coming by I appreciate it. Thanks also for the share and vote.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

Wonderful Hub full of good advice on using chalk board paint. I never knew! I wish they had been around when my kids were little.

You gave some great examples of how to use these paints; good photos!

Voted UP and shared.


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bridalletter 3 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

I love the collection of ideas. My favorite of course, Halloween. I think that will be a must for decorating in 2013! Shared on Pinterest. Thank you for adding the extra instructions for the paint.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

I never knew about magnetic paint. There are no magnetic surfaces in our RV, and this would be great to use on a cabinet door, so that we have a place to stick notes and magnets! Love your chalkboard ideas, too! Voted up and pinned!


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Sneha Sunny 3 years ago from India

Wow, so interesting and full of fun! I didn't knew about these kind of paints and markers. Anybody into arts and crafts (even those who're not) would love to give it a try. And I can see that it's useful for kids as well.

Voted up and rated!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

an interesting ans educative read. Thanks.

Voted up, useful. Shared too.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Better Yourself, Thank you and thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it .


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Better Yourself 3 years ago from North Carolina

Love these, such fun and creative ideas! I love the chalk paint on the globe and the pumpkins!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Thank you and thanks for the vote.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

What a lot of great ideas you have packed into this hub and all done mostly with paint! Voted up and awesome!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

wilderness, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yeah now we can put magnets anywhere and not all over the fridge.


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wilderness 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

I'd never heard of magnetic paint - this is something I'll have to check out. Thanks for the info!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

irishwire, Thank you for stopping by. I know you are so right. I just heard today some old friends of ours have lost their big house. Sad stories all around.


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irishwire 4 years ago from Dock Road, Limerick, Ireland

That's what we need in the recession more refurbishment tips like these.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

schome, You can buy magnetic chalkboard paint where their combined in one gallon but it is expensive. I added a picture of it to the hub.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

schome, You would need to paint on the magnetic first then add a coat of chalk board over the top. It would work nice in a boys room. Thanks so much for stopping by.


schome 4 years ago

LOVE all the ideas... the globe is a new one.. I might just do that for my sons room! Wondering if there is a magnetic and chalkboard paint...that can do both? And is this something I could do on an entire wall in my boys rooms? Thanks!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

floors, Glad you liked the hub. Thanks so much for stopping by. I like having the paint on our door it comes in handy.


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floors 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Loved the globe idea.

Had chalkboard paint on one of the doors in my old house, thinking about adding it to my current house now. Thanks


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Natashalh, Your welcome, thanks for stopping by.


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

Magnetic paint?! That's so cool. I had no idea it even existed. Thanks!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

KoffeeKlatch Gals, Thanks so much for coming to my hub so glad you liked it. It was fun to put together. Thank you, for the vote and the awesome. I appreciate it.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

moonlake, you are so creative. I love the pictures and the suggestions. Especially the winter scene. I wish I had thought of it. Up and awesome.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

ladeda,

Glad you liked the hub. Thanks for stopping by.


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ladeda 4 years ago

This has given me so many fun decorating ideas! Thanks for sharing this Hub!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Charlu, Thanks for stopping by I'm glad you liked the hub.


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Charlu 4 years ago from Florida

This is so awesome I love it Thank you for a great hub and I will be using it soon!!!!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Peggy W,

Thank you for stopping by. I like chalkboard Paint. I just wish they had it when our kids were little. They had their playroom we would have done a whole wall. I appreciate your sharing.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I have been seeing this used on television shows like the designer ones on HGTV. Also saw it used recently (like you mentioned in your hub) for use on labeling glass jars in a pantry. I really like those ideas. Super hub! Useful, interesting and will share!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Pinkchic18, Thanks so much for stopping by glad you liked the hub. I like the globe too.


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Pinkchic18 4 years ago from Minnesota

I love all these ideas! My favorites are the globe and the sideways door with individual days - so cool!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Levertis Steele, thanks so much and thanks for stopping by.


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Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

Very interesting . . . speaking of learning new things!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Gypsy Rose Lee,

Thanks so much for stopping by my hub. Hope you will be able to find the paint.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Great info. Will have to check if we can get chalkboard paint here in Latvia. Have a couple of things that should be renewed.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

grandmapearl,

You ideas sound really good for a fridge. I think you can put the magnets right on the paint. I know just what you mean I have magnets all over our fridge. You could chalk in a calendar also.

Thanks for stopping by.


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grandmapearl 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

Love the idea of painting an old fridge with this chalkboard paint. A good place to write your grocery list, or tonight's menu, or a reminder not to eat after 7pm! I think I'd leave sections unpainted in order to attach my many magnets, though! Great decorator ideas. Voted Up and Useful


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

writer20,

That will work. This paint seems to paint right on any kind of surface according to the can I have.

Thanks for stopping by.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great ideas thank you. I have some digusting green plastic planters, now I can get to look good.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

ArtzGirl,

Thanks for stopping by glad you liked the hub.


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ArtzGirl 4 years ago from San Diego

I have seen chalkboards used in restaurants as decorator walls, etc... this is a fabulous decorator idea! I love it! Thanks for the creative decorating inspiration! I may just have to try it myself!

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