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How to DIY: Chalkboard Paint
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How to DIY: Chalkboard Paint

What You'll Need

-Chalkboard Paint
-Paint Roller
-Painting Tray
-Painter's Tape
-Drop Cloths or Newspaper

Time

1 Day

Difficulty

Simple

Step One

Chalkboard paint comes in a range of colors from classic black to fun magenta. Most paint stores even carry magnetic chalkboard paint. Pick your favorite, then read the packaging to determine how much paint you will need and whether a separate primer is required.

Step Two

To prepare your wall for painting, fill any holes with spackling compound and sand down bumps to create a smooth surface. Remove any residue with soap and water. Be sure to move your furniture away from the work area, then cover the floor with drop cloths or newspapers.

Step Three

Use painter's tape to protect adjoining walls, floors and ceilings. You can also use tape to mask off a portion of the wall to give your chalkboard a framed look. For young children, make sure the painted area is within their reach, so they won't have to climb on anything to draw.

Step Four

Paint away! Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for painting, including drying time and number of coats. Let the surface dry for 48-72 hours before using. Now all you need is some colorful chalk, an eraser and a little imagination!

Shape Up

Even if you don't want to dedicate an entire wall, you can still create a fun drawing surface for your kids. Simply use a stencil (try your little one's favorite shape) and colored chalkboard paint to create whimsical silhouettes just about any place you can imagine. They're a great organizational tool for adults, too—perfect for writing notes, grocery lists and reminders!
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