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Jul
09
2012

Make anything a chalkboard, magnetic or dry erase board! Check out how I turned up the fun in my play room!

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Projects Made Simple is Walmart’s complete solution to make do-it-yourself projects around your home. This website is full of useful videos from how to replace a faucet, fix a running toilet, repair a hole in the wall and much much more!

The project I’m going to share is how to make anything into a chalkboard. On the Project Made Simple website they have  uploaded a very helpful video with step by step instructions on how to do it!

First I decided on where I wanted to add a chalkboard wall. I decided the play room would be best. You can use painter’s tape and tape off any area you want to be chalkboard. It can be in any shape or size. I have one small wall when you first walk in so I decided to just pain the entire wall.

I gathered all my supplies. Taped off the edges.

I wanted to turn up the fun factor even more on this wall so I started with a magnetic primer paint. Make sure you give it a good shake before you open the can.  The directions say to do 3 light coats and allowing it to dry for at least 30 minutes in between coats. The directions say to use a dense foam roller. I found this very helpful because it makes the surface nice and smooth.

The magnetic primer is going to be awesome. I know that kids are going to love being able to use magnets on the wall. But it’s also very yucky stuff so keep them clear while your painting. It’s very strong smelling, I recommend opening some windows. And use extra care when painting with it. It’s a lot harder to remove from hands and clothing than normal latex paint.

After the magnetic primer had dried over night I did my first coat of chalkboard paint. Again, shake the can very good before. The directions recommend you use a dense foam roller. This will help make the surface smooth. This was the hardest part for me, making the surface smooth. I found that if I rolled up and down as opposed to sided to side the surface became smoother. I kept going over the surface even when there wasn’t any paint left on my roller, it helped to spread all the paint out and make a nice smooth surface.

I did 2 coats of chalkboard paint, waiting a few hours between the coats. It dries to the touch in 30 minutes but after the last coat you need to let it set for 3 days. Luckily we went out of town so I didn’t have to hear, “Mom is it ready yet?!” for 3  solid days!

Before the first use you need to condition it. Just take the side of a piece of chalk and rub all over the surface. Then erase it. Now it’s ready to go!

I painted a wall, but the possibilities are endless! You can do doors, cabinets, furniture, signs…My mother in law is going to use what I have left to paint the inside doors on her pantry! If you can paint it, it can be made into a chalkboard!

To check out Walmart’s step-by-step video go to Projects made simple!

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