Have you head of clear chalkboard paint? This was a new product for me. After I heard about it, I didn’t have a project in mind, but I immediately went out to find some. I held onto it for a bit considering all of the different options for this product. I am glad this project only required a little because now I have leftovers. I can explore some of my other ideas. I was pretty excited when I was laying in bed, trying to drift off to sleep and this idea came into my mind. I leave little notes on my door for people, but they are always done on a yellow sticky note. How boring is that? By creating a section of my door I can write on in chalk, there are going to be no more yellow sticky notes to communicate. Since putting this product on my door and having a note up, I have had everyone who comes by ask about how I did it. The number one comment (after the “how” question) is, “That’s so cool.”
So, what is this fun new product? It is called, “Clear Chalkboard Coating,” and it is made my Americana – DecoArt. Here is a link if you are interested in purchasing it online.
It was easy application. It was so easy I had Abigail helping me out with the process. You apply one coat vertically and one coat horizontally, letting it dry 1 hour in between coats. Let it dry 24 hours before you use it. The directions say, “Lightly rub chalk over surface to condition.” So easy. So fun. Such cool results.
Here are some of ideas of things I could write on the door:
You may have some questions about the outcome or process. The process was easy. It is a matte finish. Our door is a gloss finish, so there was a tad bit of a difference in finish. However, it was not really that noticeable. It was one of my fears diving into this project, but I don’t think anyone would ever notice if they didn’t know to look. As other chalkboards, if you don’t erase well you will see the chalk dust on the door. Again, I really don’t feel like it was that noticeable when I used a dry paper cloth to erase. How will it respond to differing weather conditions? I’m not quite sure. My front door is fairly well covered, so I’m not too worried about it. Ooops – I just grabbed the bottle and it says, “Indoor use only.” However, it also says it’s water soluble with soap and water cleanup, so if it starts to go bad, I can hopefully wash it off. I will let you know how that goes, but we’ve had it up for over a week, and it still looks as good as the first day. It has been rainy here too. Like I said, we have a very covered front porch. I guess a safe bet would be to put it on the inside of the doors…reminders as you are walking out the door, notes on kids’ rooms, messages for you hubby. That’s just as fun, right?
I am excited to see where this product will take me. It’s so fun when I find something new with which to experiment.