Gettin' Crafty: creating chalkboards

Categories: DIY

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For all those who give pom-pom critters for birthdays, feel an urge to stick googly eyes on everything or just occasionally get a twitch to fold some origami, we bring you "Gettin' Crafty," where we feature a craft you can easily make with minimal supplies and limited finances. You may have had traumatizing experiences with chalkboards in the past -- think long division as the whole class watches over your shoulder (they're all going to laugh at you) -- but here's a chance to claim the chalkboard back. And fortunately, putting one in your home is easier than you may think.

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Supplies

  • Chalkboard paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Tape

  • Level

Instructions
1. Tape off the wall or section of wall, or the cupboard or desk or whatever you plan on making into a chalkboard.

2. Mix up the paint really well. The paint separates more than most paint; stir like your life depended on it so that the paint will go on on as smooth as possible.

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3. Using short "x" strokes, begin painting.

4. Repeat, you will need several coats to ensure the paint is even and the surface is entirely covered. I used three. Make sure the paint is thoroughly dry between coats. Something about the chemical make-up of the chalkboard paint requires extra time to dry.

5. Once it's dry, remove the tape.

6. In a few days, rub a light dusting of chalk dust on the painted surface as a sort of "primer". Doodle away!

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No long division or verb conjugations on this board!

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