Thursday, December 12, 2013
By STACY DOWNS McClatchy Newspapers
(Continued from page 1)
Detail from a chalkboard-painted door.
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Chalkboard markers come in every color of the rainbow.
• New idea: Painting the surface of a deck with chalkboard paint.
• Obvious choice: Cheese trays. Not so obvious: your car. (We've spotted a VW Bug).
• Pictures on Pinterest.com are inspiring us. We especially love walls with chalk drawings, such as a family tree in a nursery. A hint for precise outlines: rent a projector and create a transparency at a print shop.
• Quotes on chalkboards = instant inspiration.
• Resources for chalkboard paint include craft stores, home warehouses and paint shops.
• Spray surfaces with polyurethane to make chalk-art creations permanent.
• Tired of the mess or the design? The best way to clean it is with a damp cloth.
• Understand that when you apply chalkboard paint, it goes on gritty. When it dries, sand surfaces with 150-grit sandpaper before you first write on them.
• Variety. Think beyond white chalk on a blackboard. Chalk comes in a crayon-assortment of colors these days; Crayola has a 52-count pack.
• Wet chalk is a secret for creating large-format designs, says Annie Huff, the 18-year-old daughter of Restoration Emporium owner Chrysalyn Huff. Annie Huff does chalkboard creations on doors and walls at the Kansas City, Mo., store. She dunks sidewalk chalk in a bucket of water. "It doesn't look like anything when it's wet on the surface, but then it dries vibrantly."
• Xpiration date of chalkboard paint: Six months from date of purchase or after it's mixed. (Yes, creative spelling is permitted on creative chalkboards.)
• Yummy surface for appetizer trays? To be on the safe side, use a nontoxic food-safe clear coat (available at craft stores) on top of chalkboard painted plates and platters.
• Zero writing. Chalkboard surfaces look great even with nothing on them. They're full of possibilities.
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Chalkboard paint transformed this desktop into into an erasable writing surface, perfect for a to-do list. Black – as in blackboard – is the most typical color of chalkboard paint, but it can be any color.