A Chalkboard Paint Project
Using chalkboard paint isn't complicated. You just spray or brush it onto a flat surface and you have a nice chalkable surface when it dries. Well, I just made a great new blackboard for my daughter and thought I'd share a few tips on how to use the paint correctly and some things you should watch out for when doing something like this.
I have a big easel for my 4-year old with paper on one side and a chalkboard on the other. All she uses is the chalkboard side and the silly easel was taking up too much room and forever blocking one of the doors in the playroom. So I got the bright idea that I would eliminate the problem by making the closet door into a blackboard. Problem solved.
I used Krylon brand chalkboard spray paint for this, though there are other brands out there. I wanted to avoid brush strokes on the surface, so I went with spray. Not sure if that was the best idea.
If you are going to use spray paint like this: do your spraying outdoors. I repeat: outdoors. I am a single mom and without a second pair of hands to help re-hang the door, I decided to cover the floor and walls and do my project inside. I had nowhere near enough paper taped around, and my floor had a fine haze of black paint on it for about another 3 feet past the paper. Thankfully, it wiped up easily. Not a disaster, though I could have done without the extra cleaning chore.
When using the spray variety of chalkboard paint, hold the can about 4 inches from the surface and move it constantly. It will drip and streak if you spray too much at one spot. Let the first coat dry for an hour or so and then do a second coat to get the nice smooth finish. Don't try to do it in a single coat, it just won't work. The chalkboard surface works nicely, and the chalk draws nice and strongly on it.
The final product is a half-chalkboard closet door that my daughter can now chalk on to her heart's content and there is no more easel to deal with. This is a great project idea for any kids room wall or door, to create an art space without taking up any space in the room.