Chalkboard paint is one of the latest trends in interior design. Remember back in school when you had the joy of scribbling all over the chalkboard and then you had the ease of just wiping it off with an eraser? Well, now, you can make any surface in your home chalk-friendly. Furniture, walls, cupboards, and just about any other surface can easily be transformed for both kids and adults to have hours of chalkboard fun.
Children can use chalkboard paint for a variety of things– including drawing, practicing letters, and more. Adults can have just as much fun, decorate boring walls and doors (which can be easily changed whenever the fever strikes) or for more practical reasons such as for to-do lists and shopping lists.
When shopping for chalkboard paint, there are a few options to help you decide which is the best product for what you intend to paint. Depending on what kind of coverage you need, whether you prefer spray paint or spreadable, and what surface you are painting, there is a product that will meet your needs. You can also purchase a magnetic primer to apply first, which will give you a ton more options for your space.
BEST CHALKBOARD PAINT FOR CRAFTS
Not all jobs require expensive chalkboard paint in large amounts. Sometimes, a little dab will do you, especially if you require the paint just to do crafts. If you don’t plan on covering a large area, buying a craft size bottle should hold you over for most projects.
DecoArt Americana Gloss Enamels Chalkboard paint is an excellent paint for arts and crafts. Running at about $7 per two ounces, it can be baked on glass and it dries hard enough as to where you can stencil on it without chipping.
For $13 you can also purchase an eight ounce bottle of FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Furniture & Craft Paint, which you can use on a variety of surfaces. It comes in 42 different colors and dries to a matte finish, giving you the chalkboard feel that you are looking for. You can use this kind of paint for furniture cabinets and glass, along with metallic surfaces.
BEST CHALKBOARD PAINTS IN A SPRAY CAN
Why would you purchase chalkboard paint in a spray can? First of all, it will allow you to get into areas that are harder to reach. With a primer, these types of paints also stick to plastics (think lawn furniture) more easily. Also, you can skip out on purchasing other supplies, such as paint brushes. Make sure you use these products in a well-ventilated area, and you cover the ground- unless of course you want chalkboard grass.
Valspar Chalkboard Spray Paint can be used on wood, metal or plastic. Having this type of paint in spray able form allows you to hit surfaces that would be difficult to apply in hard to reach areas. If you are painting plastic, be sure to use a primer first. It creates a slate-like surface, is non-reflective and no drip. One can of this paint will cost you about $6 at a local retail store.
Rust-Oleum Black Chalkboard Spray Paint is about half the price of the Valspar. It is for indoor use only, and is known for its smooth, satiny finish. You can use it on wood, metal, cardboard, plaster and a variety of other surfaces, but it is not recommended for using on plastic. It is scratch resistant and can be washed easily with soap and water.
BEST TINTED CHALKBOARD PAINT
Tinted chalkboard paint is a great way to add a little color. Some individuals truly enjoy the look of black or slate colored chalkboards, but other individuals are looking for colors that will blend in more with their home décor. Chalkboard paint is unlike other types of paint- you cannot just add color to it at a local paint store. Finding a brand that comes precolored will ensure that you get the results that you are looking for.
Renaissance Chalk Finish Paint is an excellent for a paintable finish that is non-toxic and eco-friendly. It is available in nearly fifty different colors, which is great for painting children’s rooms or other décor. It usually takes two coats to get the finish that you want, but it is smooth once it dries. It is hypoallergenic, has no odor, and dries within twenty minutes. You will spend about $30 per quart for this product.
Colorhouse Chalkboard paint will bring you back in time with their nostalgic green tinted chalkboard paint. At about $27 per quart, you will have a smooth slate finish that will leave you feeling like you are in a second grade classroom all over again. This paint is mainly used for interior design. This paint can be scrubbed clean, but takes nearly two full days to dry completely.
BEST OUTDOOR CHALKBOARD PAINT
Outdoor chalkboard paint may be a little more expensive, but it is designed to withstand the elements. This type of paint is excellent for outdoor signage and furniture, giving your business or home a whole new fun style.
Sydney Harbour Chalkboard paint is an excellent choice if you are looking to have the indoor finish on an exterior surface. You will pay about $120 per gallon. The reason outdoor paint is more expensive, is because it needs to endure the elements. One gallon will cover about 350 square feet, which is excellent for businesses and daycare centers who want to be a little more creative with their outdoor design. This paint is very high quality, and is super thick and creamy during application.
Prestige Outdoor Chalkboard paint comes in over forty different colors, and is excellent for outdoor signage. It comes with a build-in primer so that covers smooth. A gallon of this paint will run you about $50, which isn’t bad for a paint that is 100% acrylic latex. This will ensure easy clean-up, and it is also mildew resistant.
Regardless of which kind of paint you end up using, chalkboard paint is a great way to add a fun new effect to your furniture, cabinets, walls, or crafts. Children and adults both love the endless possibilities that you can get from applying chalkboard paint to multiple surfaces.