Yes, I have a full plate of priority projects -but-
when I saw this product recently,
I thought it was a really awesome idea-
TRANSFORM EVERYDAY SURFACES
INTO A CHALKBOARD
-and I was eager to try it out!
I tested it on a thrift store over-sized pizza board I really didn’t want after all, deciding it might make an fun message board instead!
The board’s finish was a bit “fuzzy” so I gave it a thorough fine-sanding.
*When I’m using regular chalkboard paint I always give a very light sanding between coats to lessen the brush strokes -to get the smoothest end finish.
That being said— I brushed on a first coating of this product -per their instructions- all in one direction, waited an hour, and brushed on the second coat in the opposite direction, then let it cure for 24hrs.
Okay, NOT liking those brush strokes, I admit to lightly sanding the project before applying the 2nd coating–which did NOT go over well, peeling in a few areas. So I tried to feather it out and I suppose I over-compensated for it with the 2nd application. Again–I let it cure over night/24hrs and tried to soften the brush strokes with another light fine sanding–this time it peeled a little in other areas.
“Priming” the board with chalk seemed to exacerbate the issues, and, it actually scratched more of the finish. To me, this was a project FAIL. I darkened the picture above so you could better see some of the scratches, and the “blotch” below the 10″ was one of the areas it peeled.
This time I poured out a small amount and used a cloth to spread it around evenly. This approach was so much more EVEN and SMOOTH and I applied 4 thinner coatings. I still gave an hour between coats and 24hrs cure time.
It looked WAY better, and there were no problems when I primed/coated the board with chalk–YaY!
It was really nice writing, erasing, and re-writing on this side of the board!
I still think this product is an awesome idea -but- I also think it’s going to take some “practice makes perfect” to find the best application/outcome.
I love that you can now create a “non-colored” or “clear” chalkboard over an original wall color, door color, glass. . . fabric maybe–?
Playtime over . . . . . . back to real work now!
that glimpse of blue stove you see is my mother’s 1954 GE slate blue stove. The only one she’s ever had. It too has traveled all over thanks to the Air Force!
The little chair (1900) sits beside the stove in memory of our beloved great aunties, just as it always sat beside theirs in the old farm house.
*The kitchen is the only room not renovated-