Chalkboard paint is easy to make and fun to use. Yes, you can use it to make a traditional chalkboard but why stop there? Create a space to keep your grocery list by using it on your pantry door. Paint an old table with it and let your kids discover their artistic side. Tape off a space on the wall of your home office and make a calendar. The possibilities are limitless.
What you’ll need
That’s it. Super easy. Now grab your paint brush and make something amazing!
Taking a few seconds to care for your paint brush before you step away on a break can save time and frustration later. Paint left on a brush can start to thicken and dry after a few minutes, mucking up the paint job and making the brush harder to clean. Fortunately you don’t have to clean your brush every time you stop for a snack. The solution is simple. Slip your brush into a plastic baggie and seal it. The key is to leave paint on the brush so the bristles stay wet. If the brush will be left for an extended period of time, I’ve even lightly dipped it in water before putting it in the bag. This has kept paint on a brush wet for over a week, although I don’t recommend leaving your brushes unwashed that long. This same trick works for roller covers. Slip them into a gallon zip lock bag and they’ll be ready to go when you are.
Note: You’ll find brush and roller storage covers for sale at the hardware store. Save your money. The plastic baggies you already have in your kitchen drawer work just fine.
To tape or not to tape. That is a question I’m often asked. The answer is that it depends. In most instances I find taping a hindrance. It adds time to a project and can result in frustration and extra work if not done properly. Have you ever pulled off the tape only to pull paint with it? Or you pull the tape while the paint is still wet, as is often recommended, only to find the paint has bled under the tape? Now you have to go back and touch up all those spots. I also find taping gives a false sense of security and the painting gets a little sloppier.
Patience and a steady hand can produce clean lines along trim, baseboards, and where the wall meets the ceiling but if that technique makes you nervous, here are some tips for a frustration free project.
Following these steps should help give you a clean finish to your paint job.