How to Paint With Blackboard Paint

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How to Paint With Blackboard Paint
Chalkboard paint has endless possibilities. (several sticks of brightly coloured thick pavement chalk image by Steve Johnson from

Blackboard paint makes it possible to turn just about any surface into a chalkboard. You can paint signs, menus, calendars, toy chests, walls or cupboards; the uses are endless. Children like to draw on the paint, and adults like to use it for message boards or labels that can be easily updated. Blackboard paint can be found in craft stores and hardware stores, and it comes in a variety of colours. Blackboard paint can be applied to most surfaces, including: wood, metal, unglazed ceramics, plaster and glass.

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Things you need

  • Chalkboard paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Ruler
  • Sponge
  • Newspaper

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  1. 1

    Prepare the surface for painting: Wipe with a damp cloth to remove all dust and dirt. If you're painting a rough surface, sand it first if possible, then wash with a sponge, soap and water. Let dry completely.

  2. 2

    Use painter's tape to section off the area you want to paint. Use a ruler or straightedge to make sure your tape lines are even and straight. If the surface is uneven or porous, apply a coat of primer.

  3. 3

    Paint the surface. Sponge paintbrushes are very good for creating a smooth surface, but any quality paintbrush is fine. You will most likely want to apply two or three coats of paint. Allow the surface to dry at least one day between coats.

  4. 4

    Allow the paint 72 hours to dry completely before using the chalkboard surface. Remove the painter's tape.

  5. 5

    Season the surface to make the chalkboard easier to write on. Holding a piece of chalk lengthwise, rub gently and thinly cover the entire surface of the board. Wipe off the chalk with a chalkboard eraser or a piece of felt, and your chalkboard is now ready for use. Clean the surface whenever needed with soap and water.

Tips and warnings

  • Chalkboard paint also comes in a magnetised version.
  • Mix your own colour of chalkboard paint if the colour you need isn't available.
  • You can also find white board paint for dry-erase drawing surfaces.

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