Some of you may remember that I spent many hours painting my kitchen units snowy white when I first moved into my bungalow. (If you missed it, never fear – you can read all about it here.)
But, one day I was looking at the fridge cabinets and realised that the top cupboard would make a really good chalkboard for messages, shopping lists, inspirational quotes (yeah, right) etc. It was the perfect size, plus I had some chalkboard paint left over from a previous project, so I jumped straight in. I use it every day (more for shopping lists than inspirational messages I must confess) and it’s super useful. It was also spectacularly easy to do.
I’m sure the ‘how-to’ element of this is fairly obvious to you all. In short, buy some chalkboard or blackboard paint and pop it on the wall. But here are a few pointers to make sure you get a really crisp and professional finish. (Plus a weird ‘top tip’ at the end…)
- Scrub down and dry the surface you want to paint, to make sure it’s free of any dust or oil.
- Mask out a shape with good quality masking tape (If you have a natural shape to follow like the inside of the cupboard door as I did here, even better as it can be quite tricky to get a sharp edge otherwise.)
- Apply your first coat of chalkboard paint (all good DIY stores sell it) thinly with a wide paintbrush or a small roller. I can’t stress enough here you should buy specialist chalkboard paint and don’t attempt to use regular matt black emulsion! Regular paint really won’t work… I bought mine from Wilko.
- Once it’s really dry (be patient), apply your second coat with a roller for a really smooth finish
- Trace around the edges with a small paint brush to make sure of a nice crisp finish.
- Peel off the masking tape and rub a thin layer of chalk over the surface to ‘season’ the board (a weird tip, but this ensures chalk writing can be erased afterwards with a damp cloth, otherwise you could find the first thing you write stays there forever!)
- Get going with the chalks! Bonus points if you manage to use it for inspirational messages and daily quotes rather than the more prosaic ‘buy milk and eggs’ that most of us will end up using it for…
What do you think? Would you do this in your kitchen? Let me know in the comments below!
All images: Victoria Harrison