Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Dressing up an ugly slab door - Chalkboard Paint Tutorial

If you've been following my blog for a while, or just happen to check in here & there, then you know I am all about making the old new on budget. While I have slowly started to switch out the old 60's wood slab doors for the paneled versions, I decided on something different for the children's rooms.  What child wouldn't LOVE a huge chalkboard in their bedroom??  Why pay $$$ excessive money $$$ for a chalkboard that may take up space and bulk, when you can make one by up-cycling your old closet door?


        * Cleaner  (you should have this at home, I used Pine-Sol).
        * 1 - 2 Large Paint Brushes (1 is fine, but I didn't want to wait to clean and cry before coats)
        * White Primer (PRIMER, not white paint) ;)) (I had some on hand already)
        * Valspar Black Chalkboard Paint (or equivalent) 1qt. can will be plenty. $20 or less

 * Chalk (Dollar Tree AND Wal mart both have big packs for a buck).

How To:

1.) Fill a small bucket with warm water and add 2 caps of Pine Sol; with an old dish rag scrub down the door (or surface) really well.  

2.)  Let the door air dry COMPLETELY (I waited an hour because the humidity here has been horrid).

3.) Open your Primer, stir & apply about 2-3 coats to front (and back if you want double painted doors), or until ALL of the door is evenly covered (you can use a roller brush, BUT it tends to leave texture, and won't make your chalkboard surface smooth).

4.) Wait a day or two for paint to cure & apply 2-3 coats of chalkboard paint. WAIT at least an hour before applications. THREE codes is highly recommended for FULL coverage and durability.

5.)  Let dry for 48-72 hours to fully cure ANNNNND.

                                   S U R P R I S E  the little ones with CHALK !! ;))

This also makes a budget Christmas or Birthday gift. I wouldn't worry too much on resale on your home because of the door; not only does it serve as a great activity to keep the little one's interested, it can also serve in a home office. E N J O Y  : D
                                                                       //Jen  :))

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