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How To Make A Chalkboard Wall

How To Make A Chalkboard Wall

Ever need a handy, accessible notepad? You can maximize space and create your own fun, reusable notepad to jot down reminders by turning part of your Danbury, CT home or office wall into a notepad.

Any surface of your home or office can be turned into a blackboard with chalkboard paint. All you have to do is apply it just like any other paint, invest in a box of chalk and an eraser and you have your own, eco-friendly list maker, drawing surface, calender –- you name it!

George Apap Painting, located in Patterson, NY, has the creative painters in house to do this project for you. If you are interested, call us at: 845-878-3444. Or if you would like to tackle this project on your own: 

After buying some chalkboard paint from Krylon (which can be found at Sherwin WIlliams or Home Depot) or from Benjamin Moore, follow these simple steps:
1. Thoroughly clean and dry the surface area you would like to turn into a chalkboard. 
2. Make sure the wall surface is very smooth. If if isn't, you may need to apply some lightweight spackle. Once it is dry, use 280-300 grit sandpaper to sand the spackle patches. (If we do this for you, we'd typically use drywall mud, which is a little more difficult to work with for most homeowners since it requires more tools and practice).
3. Once the walls are cleaned and sanded, mark off the space you would like to paint with painter's masking tape. (I would suggest the blue-core from 3M).
4. Apply one prime coat of Zinsser Cover Stain or a similar primer (ask your paint store for a good drywall primer).
5. Apply at least two coats of chalkboard paint evenly to the whole area, allowing the proper drying time between coats.
6. Let it dry for at least two days, then carefully remove the painters tape. 

If you would like to make your chalk board magnetic. You can do this by using magnetic latex primer (which can be purchased at your local Home Depot).
Just insert these steps in-between steps 4 and 5 of the previous directions:
I. Paint 2 to 3 coats of magnetic paint on the desired wall space. Allow the paint to dry completely in-between coats, (follow the manufacturers directions for the proper length of drying time). 
II. Test the magnetic strength of the wall by placing a few magnets of various sizes onto the surface. If the strength isn't what you want, then add another coat and repeat the test after the paint is dry.
III. Let the paint dry completely, then pick up at step 6 of the previous set of steps. 

Note: We've heard reports that sometimes magnetic paint does not work when used with chalkboard paint. So if you would like to ensure successful results with your magnetic chalkboard, we would suggest following the suggestions on this blog: Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss.

Did you know? George Apap Painting serves Patterson, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mamaroneck, White Plains, Mount Kisco, Newburgh, Mt. Vernon and many other communities in New York.

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