I’m about to show you a project NEVER BEFORE SEEN in blogland. I know because I’ve googled it, searched it on Pinterest, looked on my friends’ blogs… Okay. That’s a lie. A really big one. Chalkboard projects are everywhere. Walls, doors, wood slices, jars, wall art, inside of pantries, coffee tables and so on.
I’ll be honest. I’ve resisted. I said I would NEVER do it. But it got to me. Maybe in 10 years we’ll look back and roll our eyes at our crazy obsession with chalkboard paint. However, today I’ll celebrate my official jumping on board the chalkboard bandwagon.
We have 2 back doors. One goes to the back yard, and one goes to the garage. The one that goes to the garage is pretty hideous, and that’s giving it a compliment. It’s hidden from pictures most of the time, just because of its location. This ugly old thing is about to get ambushed.
This project cost less than $20. WHAT?! Yeah. I figured chalkboard paint would be a little pricey, but it is definitely not. $9 for the can. I also picked up a Hi-Density Foam roller kit made for doors to keep things smooth. You guys, the door took less than half a can. Imagine all the things I can chalkboard attack with all the left overs. It’s dangerous. It’s an illness now that I’ve given in. The chalkboard plague has struck.
Like always, I only use FrogTape. Bleeds are not something to be risked.
After one coat, it looked like this.
After 2 coats (we probably would have been fine, but I wanted a solid 3).
Awww, and the beautiful 3rd coat. I followed the instructions on the box to a tee, and waited 4 hours between each coat. It was ridiculously hard to wait because after about 30 mins the paint is dry to the touch.
When painting a chalkboard surface the most important thing to remember is to season it.
The reason seasoning a chalkboard is so important is because chalkboards are very porous. If you don’t season it properly, the first thing you write may get “burned” into the chalkboard.
You season it by first rubbing the side of a piece of chalk vertical, and then horizontal. This will fill in all the porous holes that may exist in the surface.
After that you can erase it using a felt eraser, or a damp cloth. I wouldn’t recommend paper towels. They leave behind lots of shreds.
Then you’re game for writing whatever comes to your creative mind.
Of course my lopsided free-hand typography could use some work.
Now at least our back garage door can hide in style and on trend.