I first noticed the idea on the television show, "Good Luck, Charlie". I was drawn to the chalkboard fridge and thought, my, now THAT'S an idea :)
I googled to my hearts content to get ideas, and saw many people were sanding, and priming with magnetic paint, etc.
I am far too lazy for that. I didn't want to put money into my fridge that was gifted with my home purchase in 2004 - given that I am certain it doesn't have a long life left in it.
Armed with Rustoleum's chalkboard paint, I figured I'd give it a test.
You know, the scratch test. (Paint it, let it dry scratch it with your nail, if it doesn't knick you're good to go). Oh, and because I didn't want to shell out $20-$30 for magnetic primer, I tested it with a magnet as well.
As luck would have it, it passed both tests. AND, my fridge is INDEED the bumpy surface type. (joy).
(BELOW: I've no shame, it was laundry day)
So with a tiny roller, I applied the first coat, waited a day and did the second. And that's all it took.
Chalkboard Fridge with NO PRIMER and NO SANDING = happy mama!
(Below: Photo Sticks To Fridge WITHOUT Needing Magnetic Primer)
Really, NO magnetic primer, NO sanding, just trusty Rustoleum's chalkboard paint, all by it's lonesome.
Of course, I used Mr. Clean and wiped down the fridge and let it dry before doing any of this.
When I clean it I use a rag with Mr. Clean as well before re doing a drawing or message - keeps it nice and contrasted with out too much chalk dust.
I've had it for 2 months now, and use it all the time - works like a charm. I LOVE IT.
(Below: Bible Verse For Easter Sunday)