While we’ve been working on making improvements to Stewdio 54, I decided that I wanted to paint a couple of walls with chalkboard paint. However, there are only 2 colors known to man: black and green. Ick.
I’ve unearthed additional options to broaden my color choices for my studio and I’d like to share them with you now.
Step 1) Apply Simple Coat of Paint First | When applying the chalkboard mix, I got apprehensive when I realized I needed to be thorough (it’s only my studio!) and wondered if I had the supplies to finish the job.
Learn from me: I recommend applying a simple coat of regular paint before applying your magic chalk mixture to the wall. It’s been since August since I’ve done this, but if I remember correctly, only 2 coats of chalkboard paint mix are needed after the first coat of regular paint.
Step 2) Apply Your Chalkboard Mix | Again, revisiting the apprehension, I noticed clumps of grout left behind as I applied the mix. I left them as is. Allowed it to dry and ran the sand paper over it. What a mess.
Learn from me 1: While the paint is still wet, just take your foam paint brush and pull it over the grout clumps, they’ll disintegrate before your very eyes, making sanding a breeze.
Learn from me 2: Initially, I used a roller because I didn’t believe that I had to constrain my over zealousness with a silly single brush. It would have worked if I had pulled the small brush over to disintegrate the grout clumps. Either way, you’re forced to use a small brush. It could be a 2-person job where one rolls and the other smooths. Your choice.
Step 3) Dry & Sand | Sometimes I got impatient and ran the fine grit sandpaper over the almost-dry paint. Do this if you think it will help, or go get a glass of wine and watch the paint dry.
Learn from me: Make sure you’ve blended those grout clumps as much as possible into the wet layer. Seriously, sanding will be so much easier. Otherwise, resort to opening a bottle of wine and watch the paint dry. I did.
More Tips: I painted 2 walls with this and it was a blast. The image you see drawn on the wall is approximately 5 feet wide by 6 feet high. The chalkboard application doesn’t have to be expensive and now that it’s 2009, you’d think the paint mfg would understand that we like more color options than schoolgrade black and green. I don’t want to be reminded how I almost failed my algebra test, so I’m not using forest green to induce more high school nightmares.
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