Help Your Kids Express Themselves with Chalkboard Paint!

If your house is like ours, then chances are your walls have been “decorated” by your little one.  The magic eraser has been our best friend 🙂  However, there is another solution to this unwanted wall art!  You can turn any surface into a chalkboard canvas for your budding artist.  This simple DIY will give your little one an area to draw on without getting into trouble. 

What you need:

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  • foam roller and foam brushes
  • dropcloth or recycle boxes and cardboards
  • painter’s tape
  • box of multi-color chalk
  • chalkboard eraser
  • your Budding Artist

Steps:

  1. First pick your chalkboard surface and clean it.  Designate a wall or a portion of it to be your chalkboard and clean it.  If painting on the wall is not an option, an alternative is to use an old wooden board (like a puzzle board with missing pieces), an old picture frame, or build a wooden frame.  Then hang or lean against the wall.
  2. Mark your chalkboard area with painter’s tape.  Let your imagination run free here.  You can make the traditional square or rectangle.  Or you can do any shape/design that matches the décor:  a paisley loop, star, rocketship, etc.
  3. Fill in the area with chalkboard paint.  Use the foam roller to fill in a bulk of the area, and then fill in the smaller area with foam brushes to get a clean crisp design.
  4. Wait 3-4 hours and apply second coat.  Like most paints, you need at least a second, sometimes a third coat to get good coverage.  Make sure you wait until the paint is dry before applying the next coat.
  5. Remove painter’s tape and let it dry (3-4 days).  You want to remove the tape while the paint is still wet, otherwise the paint will be pulled along with the tape and you’ll lose that clean edge you worked so hard for.  According to the manufacture of the chalkboard paint, it will take about 3 days (4 to be safe) for it to dry completely.
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Unveil to your artist and be loved!  🙂

This can be applied to any surface for other fun ideas.  For example, make a board for the main hall and leave notes for the family without wasting paper.  Hang the board in the kitchen for a running groceries list.  Coat a desk for a fun activity center for the kids.  Paint over an old or ruined board book for an activity book to take along to restaurants or when you’re on the go.  Possibilities are endless.

Send us a picture of your creations and happy painting!

— Mychelle, My Savvy Way contributor, mom of Kyle & Alyson

 

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