I am pretty excited about Monday Made It! I have a love affair with chalkboards! Since we don't really use them in the classroom anymore I love finding ways I can use them in my home!
When I found out that there is this amazing product called Chalkboard Coating and that I could make a chalkboard in ANY COLOR I was simply FLOORED. When I realized that this is the EASIEST project EVER I was even more excited!
Here is what you need:
1) What you want to paint! (11X17 board from Lowes $3.53)
2) Clear Chalkboard Coating (I got mine at Amazon!) (16 oz bottle for $8.94)
3) Your color choice of paint (.97 from Wal-Mart)
4) Cheap foam brushes (that I had on hand)
First step: PAINT with your color choice. I gave it two quick coats.
Second step: Use the Chalkboard Coating! I painted first against the grain and then when it dried I painted with the grain. I let it dry for 24 hours. (I only used less than a 1/4 of the bottle, so PLENTY more for additional projects)
Third step: Use a piece of sidewalk chalk to cover the entire chalkboard. From what I understand this helps to prime your chalkboard for great use! After I did that, I cleaned it off with an eraser.
Final step: Go for it! What do you want to write on your chalkboard? Also did you know that you can SHARPEN chalk so that is easier to write with? I learned that trick a few weeks ago at my cousin's wedding. Just use a pencil sharper! I like to use the ones that have a cap on it to hold all of the shavings!
I am thinking of the many Christmas gifts I will be making this year! So excited about this!
Make sure to check out the rest of the Monday Made It projects!