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d.i.y. essentials: chalkboard paint

Here at Workshop, we love ideas. Sometimes, they’re genius and other times, they’re not so genius. The beauty of chalk and a chalkboard allows your writings, drawings, musings, inspirations and quick jots to either disappear quickly or remain forever. Here is some history on chalkboards, and most importantly, chalk board paint.

cover an old globe and make it your new notepad.

cover an old globe and make it your new notepad.

Chalkboards in their earliest form were invented around 1825, though some speculate that some form of the device existed even as early as 1815. Originally, they were made with sheets of stone in black or gray, but in more modern times have been made with plastic and porcelain, the latter being the most luxurious and durable. Chalk, also known as calcium sulfate, is what you use to write on these surfaces.

The way in which they’re made is by taking the material, and layering a couple coats of chalkboard paint over it to give it that black, or sometimes green, coloring. What they don’t tell you is that you can cover just about any wood or hard surface with chalkboard paint!

cover a square on storage jars for a fun label!

cover a square on storage jars for a fun label!

Always use a foam paint roller, preferably one that is denoted as a “very smooth finish”. This helps layer the paint and primer properly to ensure an even coating for your chalkboard!

When you’re painting your item, commit to having it as a chalkboard forever. Once you paint the item, its very hard to reclaim and almost never turns out well!

If you decide to go with the spray can variety, make sure to put at least three coats on. Since the paint is thin, you want to make sure that it’s even and well applied. 

take some stencils and create a scenic landscape thats easy to illustrate on!

take some stencils and create a scenic landscape that's easy to illustrate on!

How To Make Custom Colored Chalkboard Paint from Martha Stewart

Inspiration Post #1 at Pearl Street Interiors

Inspiration Post #2 at iDIY

Epic and amazing $35.00 graphic wall at Apartment Therapy

Painted Picnic Basket Top at The Blessed Nest

cover your fridge for the ultimate grocery list surface!

cover your fridge for the ultimate grocery list surface!

Chalkboard History

Chalkboard Paint Tips and Tricks

Have any cool examples of awesome things you’ve done with Chalkboard Paint? If you’d like your tutorial or project featured on the Workshop blog, please email me at monica@workshopsf.org. We’d love to feature you!

Lets get our hands dirty,
Monica

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