How to paint a chalkboard on a piece of wood

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How to paint a chalkboard on a piece of wood
Chalkboard paint is an affordable alternative to slate chalkboards. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Transform a piece of wood into a chalkboard with chalkboard paint. Chalkboard paint comes in green or black colours and the final product works just like a slate chalkboard. Make a reminder message board for the kitchen or home office. A wall in a child's playroom can be transformed into a chalkboard. When the kids are done chalking up the wall, the chalk dusts off with an eraser. You can also wash the chalkboard with a wet dishrag.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Painter's plastic
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • 1 quart of chalkboard paint
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Paint tray
  • Mini roller

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  1. 1

    Lay a piece of painter's plastic down on a floor or table.

  2. 2

    Sand a piece of wood with 120 grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough wood grains. Sand back and forth and from side-to-side. Dust the piece of wood with a dry dishrag.

  3. 3

    Open a quart-sized can of chalkboard paint with the end of a flathead screwdriver. Stir the paint with a stir stick until well-mixed. Pour a 1/2 quart of paint into a paint tray.

  4. 4

    Dip a mini roller into the paint and roll it back and forth until the nap fibres are loaded with the paint.

  5. 5

    Roll the piece of wood with chalkboard paint. Roll up and down the width of the board. Roll out all paint lines or lap marks for a smoother finish.

  6. 6

    Wait 24 hours for the first coat of paint to dry. Apply a second coat of paint at this time. Wait 48 hours before using the chalkboard.

Tips and warnings

  • Paint the edges of the piece of wood for a finished look.
  • The chalkboard can be as big or as small as you want.

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