Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Let's Talk Chalkboards

Chalkboards are so fun to make.  I probably have one in every room.  In fact, now that I think about it, I do, except our bedroom/bathroom and Reagan's bathroom.  I'll have to fix that!  Haha! 

While Westin was gone last week I decided to paint the end of our kitchen cabinets with chalkboard paint.  I have visions of him sitting happily here and drawing while I cook dinner.  It hasn't happened yet and probably never will.  :)  In fact, he hasn't even noticed it yet! Ha!

I just taped it off and gave it a few coats.


I just need to find a fun way to hold the chalk.  I'm thinking an unside down drawer pull.  I saw that on pinterest I think.  Haha

Some of you asked about chalk vs. chalk pen.  It is really nice to write with a chalk pen but I cannot get it to erase.  Am I the only one with this problem??  I have to totally re-paint the chalkboard if I use a pen.  Any tips with this?  I have just gone back to regular chalk.  I really prefer the look of plain ole chalk to the pen anyways. 

Y'all are so funny asking about my handwriting.  My actual script is just all uppercase letters.  This is how I write every day.  To spice it up a little I might add some cursive.  Ha!  I really do not have any tips about this other than just play around with it until you get what you like.  Also, you can google fun fonts and try to copy them.  Try writing in all caps if you normally don't or try writing in all lowercase if you normally always write in cursive.  I just like experimenting.   

Also, I've always used the chalk paint that comes in a can.  I've never tried the spray paint although I know a lot of people like that.  I mostly do all my projects inside so spray paint would not be good for that. 

Please add any thoughts or tips on chalkboard paint in the comments.  And if you have a question I will answer it in the comments so check back. 

33 comments:

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

That's a great spot for Westin. My girls loved chalkboards when they were little. I always had one somewhere in the kitchen. I've never tried the chalkboard pens, but love the look. But, I have heard they are harder to "erase"....for little ones that's not going to work. Small pieces of chalk would scare me, easy to put in the mouth. Think about handing Westin some sidewalk chalk, easier for him to grip at his age. Nice project!

Mrs. Jenk said...

Here is our big chalkboard with an upside down drawer pull!

http://yourlittlebirdie.blogspot.com/2011/12/diy-large-framed-chalkboard.html

I love chalkboards, too! And, we are totally making the canvas project this week!

Andrea said...

I've tried the chalk pens and I too have a hard time getting it to come off. I only use it when I want to keep something semi permanent on the chalkboard like my days of the week for my menu board, otherwise i just use regular chalk since it comes off better.

i've heard you're supposed to re paint your boards once a year. sand them down and re paint them..have you heard this or done it?

Paige said...

Cute idea!

Jennifer said...

I love that idea. I just might have to do that at the end of my cabinets!

Shannon said...

Andrea, I've re painted my boards when I see a chip in it or it's just looking raggedy. I've never sanded it down before though. Brush streaks don't bother me though and frankly that just sounds like a lot of work. Haha!

Jodi said...

The chalk board cabinet is such a great idea. I think Westin will love it. It is like drawing on the walls! LOL!

The Crowder Family said...

I LOVE this!! How adorable! I'm going to have to eventually do one too! I can't erase the chalk pen, so I'm glad I'm not the only one!

Laura Keigher said...

I use a Magic Eraser to get the chalk pen to erase....it takes a bit of elbow grease, but has worked better than anything else I've tried.

The Smith Family said...

I may have to do this! What a cute idea!
I just did my first chalk board paint project and i used my chalk board pen to write on the canisters and when i tried rewrite it it took all the paint off. Annoying!!
Guess i need to go get some regular old chalk!

Madaline said...

i used a chalk pen on my platter board once and ended up having to repaint.

If I have a look I really want to copy then i print something out, rub chalk on the back and trace over the front! instant transfer!

the chalkboard pens do work great for my black glass board though!

Anonymous said...

hi shannon. i use a magic eraser for the chalk pens and it seems to work pretty good. love the way you did that at the end of your cabinets.

Anonymous said...

I am a teacher and use chalkboard pens on my chalkboard for things I want to keep up for a while. When I am ready to erase I use a clorox wipe. It smears at first, but then comes off pretty easily.

Anonymous said...

I love my chalk pens! I may be asking a dumb question, but are you trying to wipe them with a dry cloth/eraser? I just wet a paper towel and the chalk comes right off!

Brittany said...

I've resorted to fingernail polish remover on my chalk boards with the pens. It helped but wasn't a cure. I've decided to just use the plain chalk most of the time now.

Anonymous said...

I did the same thing to my side kitchen cabinet but I instead tacked on 3M tape to the back of a large chalkboard frame in white trim and added that...so I didn't do any permanent damage to my cabinets in case I change my mind later on and get bored with it.

All Things Cherish said...

That is a great idea! You can keep him entertained all while keeping an eye on him! Your handwriting is beautiful!

Carrie said...

Cute idea! I painted my pantry doors (cheap sliding side-to-side kind) with chalkboard paint. I used the markers and they are horribly hard to erase. I've tried everything, and the magic eraser seems to work the best, but I still can't get all of it off.

Love your blog!

Carla said...

I love it!!! I have some chalkboard projects that I am working on, my first thanks to your inspiration!

Anonymous said...

My chalk pens say that you must use a wet cloth to erase. Cleans up perfectly! Hope that helps.

Shannon said...

I have not tried a magic eraser but have tried wet towels, soapy wet towels, cleaner (like 409 and Comet) and just about everything. Maybe I left the writing on too long?

Shannon said...

Mrs. Jenk, your chalkboard looks great and I love the bin pull! I'm definitely doing that. Thanks!

Julie Rogers said...

I LOVE that idea!!!!! Thanks for sharing:) Saving it for a future home because I love it so much, I know it won't work in this house!

Kristy Goldman said...

That was a great idea - it won't be long until he notices and plays there all the time! I can't get the pens to erase either - I've had to repaint my boards or toss them. So - I do regular chalk too. I need more chalkboards.... :)

Carrie said...

Soooo cute! I'm going to start off small and make one to put on my refrigerator door for lists. It would be cute to use a can to hold the chalk and eraser in...you could cover the can in something or paint it.

Miss E said...

I always adored both your chalk boards & handwriting. I have even made a few platters & framed chalk boards but haven't displayed them or kept what I wrote b/c I hated my handwriting. HA I have neat hand writing (all small caps) but never liked the "look" of it on scrapbooks, cards, signs etc... For other things I always find a font online & copy it! I just haven't found fine point chalk. I hate the chalk paint pen. I want a stick of chalk w/ a point on the end. HA I even tried sharpening it in my pencil sharpener but it just crumbled. I'm on the hunt though! Thanks for all the hope inspirations & personality you exude.

Anonymous said...

I love your ideas, but I am too afraid to do anything to cabinets because I am always thinking of resale value if we were to sell our house. I would not want to buy a house that had chalkboard paint on the cabinets, and matching paint to cabinets can be difficult. So, I like the more temporary idea of a wall nearby a cabinet or a framed chalkboard taped to the cabinet.

Shannon said...

Good idea on a removable chalkboard if you are worried about painting them. They even make chalkboard wall decals. We painted our cabinets so we have the paint to paint over when I'm tired of it. You can also take a cabinet door to your paint store to get an exact match.

Lisa said...

I've got an idea for holding your chalk, I have mine in one of those old metal match holders..... I don't have a pic of it but I hope know what I'm talking about, the top of it opens and your matches come out the bottom into an opening.. it's super cute. old metal vintage colors....

Lisa said...

I Love your cabinet chalk board. Great Idea! I have used the Chalk ink many times , I really love it. I always use windex or a clorox wipe to remove it. It wont just erase. Ive used the ink for every holiday or just when I want to change the look of my board and it has always comes off. I bought the pens I use at Michaels. Love your Blog , have a great week :) Lisa

Courtney said...

Shannon,
I love your chalkboards. I made one of my own earlier this year and used it as a prop for my engagement pictures. Needless to say, I don't use the chalkboard to often, but when I leave something on there for a long time and I erase it, I can still see the words even though they are gone. Is there a solution to this? Maybe I'm not cleaning it right? Thanks.

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