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Chalkboard Paint Tips

Assisted Living: Painting Chalkboard Walls

Here's a post from CasaSugar Community member Brisas from the Assisted Living group:
My husband and I both really want to paint one of our entry walls with chalkboard paint and possibly even use the magnetic paint. I have started to read about it online but was wondering if anyone has used these sorts of products before or did you make your own chalkboard paint? Any advice, tips, etc. would be great!

Please offer your advice for Brisas below! Have a decorating dilemma of your own? Be sure to post questions in the Assisted Living group!

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msame msame 6 years
I the doors to my pantry with a magnetic primer and then a few coats of the chalkboard paint. I'd follow rpontex's advice about 5-6 coats. I used 3 coats of the magnetic primer and it's just for decorative magnets...and not even heavy ones. Oh well...guess that's what the fridge is for. The chalkboard paint on the other hand works AWESOME...although some chalk wipes cleaner than other chalk.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I haven't had a ton of luck with magnetic paint, but the chalkboard paint works great! The only complaint I've had is with the lighter colors; sometimes dark colored chalk doesn't really erase from lighter colored chalkboard paint. But, if you go with the basic black, you'll be fine!
rpontex rpontex 6 years
I have used chalkboard paint with magnetic paint on a wall and it looks great! It is fun and everybody loves it, specially kids. The chalkboard paint works perfectly but the magnetic paint is not too strong, the more coats of magnetic paint you do the stronger it is, of course. I did three coats of magnetic paint and I can not say it holds a lot. It has to be just one pice of paper with a superstrong and tiny magnet. If you use a heavy magnet it will fall down, so my suggestion would be at least five or six coats of magnetic paint with the chalkboard on top.
LMessing LMessing 6 years
I painted the top of a child's table with black chalkboard paint. The consistency of the paint itself is a bit thicker than regular wall paint, but you get used to it pretty quickly. A roller would not have been appropriate for my project, so I can only speak for brush usage - it was fine. I don't feel as though chalk writes as easily on the finished product as it should. That may just be because of the wood surface under the paint; you may have an easier time of it on a regular sheetrock wall surface. Oh: I'm sure it's a messy/dusty hassle, but I suspect you will have better results of you sand or otherwise smooth your wall before you apply the chalkboard paint. Being a bit thicker, I think chalkboard paint may work best on a surface that's as smooth as possible. Good luck!
lori-Schmitt lori-Schmitt 6 years
My advice on using Chalkboard paint is it to make sure you use it on a surface that the paint with adhere to when you write on in with Chalk. For example I used it on an old mirror but every time I write something the chalk scratches the paint off.
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