Chalkboard and magnetic paint have become increasingly popular over the past few years as people look for ways to add a little fun and functionality to their home décor. Chalkboard paint can create a writable surface on walls, doors, or furniture, while magnetic paint turns any wall into a giant bulletin board. But before you start painting, you should know a few things.
First, not all chalkboard and magnetic paints are created equal. Some brands are better than others, so it’s worth researching to find a quality product.
Second, preparing your surface is key to getting a good result. If you’re painting over an existing wall, make sure it’s clean and smooth before painting.
And finally, don’t forget to prime your surface with a coat of chalkboard or magnetic paint before using it. This will help ensure that your chalkboard or bulletin board is evenly covered and that the paint adheres properly to the surface. With a little preparation and the right product, you can transform any room in your home with chalkboard or magnetic paint.
The claim: Chalkboard paint is a great way to create a message board or art display in practically any room. You don’t need to use chalkboard paint specifically – any paint will do the trick.
Here’s the secret- Mix two tablespoons of unsanded tile grout with each cup of regular paint. Apply the mixture to your surface with a roller or sponge brush, using multiple coats for even coverage.
The claim: I’m sure you’re familiar with magnetic paint- it’s when people use a special kind of paint to turn an area of their wall into a place where they can display things using magnets. The problem is, it just doesn’t work that well.
A couple of years ago, one of my design clients wanted to do this for her daughter so she could put up her art and school projects. Despite using three coats or more of magnetic paint, the area still was not attracted to most magnets–let alone a magnet holding a piece of paper!
After the wood adhesive has dried, lightly abrade it with 150 grit sandpaper, then wipe away the dust. Cover the entire piece with chalk for a more distressed look, then remove it using a slightly damp sponge.
The little super-strong magnets are quite nifty. However, they’re too dangerous for kids to use since they could be swallowed.
The beauty of this project is that you can paint it in whatever color strikes your fancy. Simply add a hanger to the back and display it prominently in your home.
All things considered, you now know the good and bad about the chalkboard and magnetic paint. If you have any experience with either of these paints, please let us know in the comments!
points to notice
•Chalkboard paint can easily create a message board or art display in practically any room, but regular paint with the addition of unsanded tile grout works just as well.
• Apply paint with a roller or sponge brush, and use multiple coats for even coverage.
• After it dries, sand lightly with 150 grit sandpaper and wipe off dust. Rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire surface, then wipe away the chalk with a barely damp sponge.