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.