Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Painting Project Revealed

I am not a painter. In fact, when painting projects arrive, I usually run far, far away. However, this one did not seem too daunting so I attempted it on my own. And it worked!

We use our dining area for our school room. It is a small windowless room - one of the few faults that I have with our sweet little house is that the dining area gets no natural light. Anyway, I wanted some kind of whiteboard/chalkboard in there for school, but as we are low on wall space, I was trying to be creative.

I ended up using chalkboard paint which I purchased from Joann's. The container was not very big, and I used over half of it for this project. I put the chalkboard on the back of my pantry door - our wall is paneled (or looks like it) and the door is the only flat surface I had to work with.

Painting Project ::: Step One

The first coat is going on:

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As you can see there is quite a bit of white showing through the black after one coat:

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I can't find my photo of the finished project, but as you can see below, the 2nd coat made a big difference! I let it dry for one hour after the 1st coat, and then let it set for about 18 hours after the 2nd coat. By the next morning it was ready to write on.

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Yum! Chalk! (Ick.)

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And here we are using it for school ... a success!

Painting Project

5 comments:

  1. It looks great, Stephanie! I know what you mean about painting projects--I'm not good at them, either. We have chalkboard paint on the back of Lulu's door (actually, now the girls share a room) and it still has the message we wrote on it almost five years ago before her birth. : 0

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  2. great idea...i wish our house was set up for a dedicated school room so i could paint a whole wall with chalkboard paint.

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  3. What a creative use of space! I'm sure the girls love it (chalk eating aside, of course)!

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  4. I think this is a brilliant idea! I just wish I had a space where I could do it, too. Both of my kitchen doors (where we do school) have raised panels which means they won't work for chalkboards. But I am definitely filing this idea away for a future home!

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