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Modern Updates

If Chalkboard paint had been in existence in the 50’s, it most certainly would have been a trend. Recently, I was inspired by an article I found featuring Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint.  The article mentioned that Rust-Oleum now features a tintable chalkboard paint. I’d been wanting to do this somewhere for my son and our kitchen seemed the obvious choice to allow for scribbled grocery lists and kids’ drawings. I was intrigued by the fact that not only could the paint be tinted to a color of my choosing, but that it was a cheap and easy project as well:  13.95 at Home Depot. I’m an instant gratification type of girl…..it’s something I must work on, but I have to say I do enjoy projects that can be done in a day!

"Deep Teal"

“Deep Teal”

I have to admit when I opened this, I got a little scared. I love color….but man, that paint looked pretty bright.

Here are the "tintable" colors you can choose from.

Here are the “tintable” colors you can choose from.

Here's my recommended arsenal for a successful painting project. Limit one Corona, otherwise results cannot be guaranteed.

Here’s my recommended arsenal for a successful painting project. Limit one Corona, otherwise results cannot be guaranteed.

Another recommendation: If you’re painting a wall using the basic black chalkboard paint, use paint – not the available spray cans for better results.

Use a roller to apply

Use a roller to apply

Paint 2-3 coats

Paint 2-3 coats

After 3 days..."Condition" the chalkboard by covering the paint in chalk. If you skip this step, your original writings will be forever etched on your chalkboard wall.

This is key: Paint has to set/dry for 3 days…after that, “condition” the chalkboard by rubbing the paint with the side of a piece of chalk. If you skip this step, your original writings will be forever etched on your chalkboard wall.

Wipe clean with a felt eraser or rag. Use a  damp cloth afterwards to clean the board.

Wipe clean with a felt eraser or rag. Use a damp cloth afterwards to clean the board.

Voila! Ready to go....it dried the "Deep Teal" that I wanted.

Voila! Ready to go….it dried the “Deep Teal” that I wanted.

Little man: he's happy with his message board and so am I.

Little man: he’s happy with his message board and so am I.

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About midcenturyobsession

My love for midcentury surfaced after inheriting a couple pieces of my very fashionable grandmother's MCM furniture. I'd always loved clean lines...and became obsessed. I'm currently in the process of redoing our entire home in Mid Century style. My husband would tell you "She's off her head." (Irish-speak for NUTS.) I am the wife of a Dubliner, a mother to an adorable little boy and two clownish french bulldogs Pig and Pearl. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. If there is anything I learned earning my degree, it was that I didn't want to pursue criminal justice. My heart just wasn't in it. I played 2 years of volleyball on a full scholarship and graduated a 4 year college in 3 years. I lived in Dallas for a very long time and left friends behind to be closer to family for my son. A native Californian, I have to say it's great to be back home.

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4 thoughts on “Modern Updates

  1. Love the tint! I did a magnetic base under the chalk paint in our garage. turned out great but you’re totally right about the spray. I felt real dumb when black dust particles got every where. Real dumb. :-/

    Posted by Ella | May 31, 2013, 6:11 am
  2. Totally cool, B! I love the color. The magnetic base that Ella did is very intriguing too. Liam is such a doll. Love the new haircut. Perhaps Miss Shelby could do something like that at her house too? Next step for you- an extremely fuzzy toilet seat cover to guarantee germs become trapped.

    Posted by Lola M | May 31, 2013, 1:33 pm
  3. I LOVE IT!!!!! Would it be weird if I did that to a wall in my bathroom when I have some extra time to kill-whilst in the restroom? Artsy Fartsy. Yes in deed ;o) Good idea Brookie Brooke!

    Posted by Senta-of a woman | May 31, 2013, 6:00 pm
  4. Looks great Toot! Only I’d probably attempt to color match the Corona…thus the one bottle limit…

    Posted by Robin | June 2, 2013, 3:27 am

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