Hey yo all. I'm thinking of making some chalkboards. A few Q's.
1. Does anyone sell chalkboard surfaced ply/mdf/whatever?
2. I know that chalkboard paint is available but I'm concerned that I
wouldn't get it as smooth. Even so, anyone know who sells it? Any tips
such as best substrate, best application method, etc?
Seems almost everyone (even schools) has shifted to whiteboards.
But if you must, spray the chalkboard paint with the board horizonal. It
shouldn't be too hard to get it even. You can use hardboard or any other
Some of today's materials were not available when I made several for our
children so I used pressed hardboard, which was probably Masonite at the
time. There was no problem with it being smooth, but then the paint was
freshly shaken from the paint store, even though I used a brush to apply
Are you sure you want a chalkboard rather than a dryboard? With chalk
there is no dry marker smell, but with a dry marker there is no dust;
potential allergies may be a factor. Chalk doesn't dry out, but dry
markers don't break when dropped (usually <g>)
If your situation is one where you can use both sides, you might have one
I'm putting together inventory for some Country Crap eerrrhh I mean
Craft fairs and the retro chalk boards with some cutsie Pine frames is
what I'm considering so the white board would just be out of place.
I am having some fun learning some faux finishing techniques. Also
after setting aside my pride, it is a lot of fun to attack a newly mad
Pine cabinet with a belt sander loaded with 80 grit, a screw driver and
a claw hammer. Maybe someday I'll get the guts to try that on a QS Wht
Oak living room set...not.
My finest faux painting technique so far has been to unleash my 11 year
old daughter with some watered down flat latex, $5 a gallon at Wal Mart.
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<snip> anyone know who sells it? <snip>
Chalkboard paint Where to get? Gee, that's really a tough one.
Probably not a paint store, eh? Sheesh.
I've also seen it in hardware stores, Wally World, K-Mart, the
Borg, and so on.
Some is good, more is better, too much is just enough.
Well, I hadn't ever looked for it before and wasn't sure if it was a
super specialty item or generally available. I guess the second case is
true, I found it in Wal Mart by chance a few hours after the post. Made
by Krylon. Thanks for the smart ass remarks though ;^)
A closed cell foam roller and hardboard produce a fine finish if the
paint is new and freshly shaken. If often looks like a bad case of orange
peel when first applied but dries smooth. In case a second coat is
required I put the foam roller in a glass jar in the freezer. Keeps well
for a week or so like this after which time "strings of paint " start form
when the roller is used. I have good luck with fresh Dynamic brand paint.
I have several real black slate chalk boards from an old scool that I would
consider selling. I have not measured them lately, but probably somewhere
around 4 x 5 feet. I might even be willing to cut to the size you need. Make
me a reasonable offer. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
I've applied chalk board paint with rollers and gotten good results, even
used black and white acrylic mixed together to get grey paint and applied
it with a roller - works well, goes on to Masonite. The one I use myself in
the shop for messages is even wiped off with a wet sponge with no harm done
so far. Last batch I made for some school teachers was Masonite, grey
acrylic applied with a roller, cut up on table saw when dry. No
substrate, just applied two coats.
I wouldn't worry about using the spray can chalkboard paint. I surfaced
a children's table with it, and it went on fairly easily. If there were
any problems with the finish, it's hidden by the matte finish.
FYI, I used 3/4 inch baltic birch plywood, sanded and sealed for the
base. It's withstood over a year of serious abuse by a 2 and 4 year
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