Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Chalk One Up

When I painted my kitchen recently, I decided to try using chalkboard paint on one end of my cupboards.   I thought the grandkids might get a kick out of it.

It was a big mess.   The first place I shopped sold me a can of spray paint and told me it would require 3 coats.   I masked off the entire area and had newspapers set around the floor and cupboards for about 6 feet in both directions.     But by the time the first coat had been sprayed, there was paint everywhere -- I left paint footprints everywhere I went and had to mop the floors in every room, not just the kitchen, several times before I got most of it cleaned up.   For days I was still staining my slippers with leftover spray droplets.    It was clearly the stupidest idea I had ever had.

But in for a penny, in for a pound, so I went out the next day and bought a can of regular old paint-style chalkboard paint.  I painted several coats and left it to cure for a few days.    

And when it was finally done, even though I am still finding remnants of spray paint, I decided it was a very good idea after all.    Art is worth a little extra effort.


sue in mexico mo said...

Great idea! Not the spray paint, but the idea. I hate it when I get myself in a mess. Your end result is worth it. I bet your grandkids also like sidewalk chalk.

Niky Sayers said...

Fantastic idea and I love the art work! x