Posting notes and quick messages on your fridge is so yesterday. If you can spare the time and want to expand your creativity, try a chalkboard paint project on a blank wall. Now this will truly make memories to last you a lifetime!
Just consider chalkboard paint. It finishes and dries like paint but it can serve as your message wall, your art wall, your creative wall, your sounding board wall, your-pass-the-message wall, your menu wall, all these simply because you can write and draw on it using chalk. It’s not just a regular wall anymore. It’s your arts and crafts wall! So versatile and totally fun!
Is it expensive? Well, chalkboard paint is a tad more expensive than regular paint. Yes, it will cost you more but anything that takes a little more out of your pocket lasts more and will give you more benefits in the long run. If you’re feeling more adventurous and really want to start from ground zero, you can make your own chalkboard paint and create a rainbow of colors for painting your blank wall.
Now go get a couple of paint brushes, a medium-sized steel bucket, tile grout in powdered form, regular paint, primer, fine sanding paper, hand gloves (optional), thinning agent, newspaper, primer, and cleaning rag.
- Clean the wall you’re supposed to paint. Make sure it’s smooth and dry.
- Spread old newspaper on the floor directly below the wall you intend to paint to catch splotches of the paint when you start painting your wall.
- Mix tile grout (2 tbsps.) and paint (1 cup) together until it reaches a thick consistency sort of like chocolate batter. Add a thinning solution if you don’t like it to be too thick.
- Next, brush on some primer on the surface of the wall. Let it dry.
- Now dip your brush into the paint mixture and start painting your first layer. Don’t worry about tiny bubbles or smudges. Just go over it again after adding some more paint and it’ll be gone. Then, allow the paint to dry.
- Dip your brush into the paint mixture and start painting your second layer. Let it dry.
- Let dry air circulate into the area after painting to speed up the drying process and help the paint settle.
- Sand the newly-painted area to smoothen out rough spots.
Helpful Tip: If you want to take your creativity a little bit further, you can paint a small area with magnetic chalkboard paint. This will allow you to place paper drawings secured by magnets, magnetic toys, or knick-knacks on the wall.
Wonderful! Now you have a wall specifically made according to your taste and choice! The best part of it is that you made it yourself. Just look at the finished product!
As a final step, go and take your chalk out. Write. Draw. Just go gung-ho creative! If you don’t like what you see, erase it and start over again! That’s the magic of chalkboard paint!