|DIY, Scratch Prone Chalkbaord|
Chalkboards are very trendy at the moment. I have always been more of a whiteboard kind of a girl, but I guess I am more susceptible to herd mentality than I thought because I decided a chalkboard was just what we needed. Well, my friends, my chalkboard is a big bust!
Let me explain. The picture doesn’t look so bad, but in person this chalkboard has little scratches all over it. I used Rust-oleum Chalkboard Spray Paint to make my own custom sized chalk board. I was so excited to be able to make it fit just the right space and for only $ 4 worth of spray paint. (We had some extra fiber board laying around so that was free.) Wanting to make this as inexpensive as possible, I framed it out with a bit of fabric and voila! Cute right?
|Scratches After Just 5 Minutes of Use|
Too bad when I dutifully seasoned my chalkboard, the hard edges of the chalk made shallow scratches into the paint. Now I can write on it, but if I press a little too hard or the edges of the chalk are a little too sharp, I get even more scratches. I haven’t even hardly used the thing, what will it look like after a whole day?
Oh well. I am dissappointed, but I am only out a few bucks and adventures always include some misadventures too.
I won’t give up on my chalkboard dreams just yet. There are so many great chalkboard DIY’s out there like this one. I can try, try again…just maybe not for a week or two.
Maybe some of you could share your DIY wisdom.
Too few coats?
Poor painting surface?
Or better yet, anyone know a good source for cheap chalkboards?
I think I have abandoned my chalkboard dream. I found this very helpful and informative blog post detailing that my Rust-oleum Chalk Board Spray paint does indeed scratch easily. I also came across this great chalkboard maintenance post and after reading it I think chalkboards are too high maintenance for me. You have to be careful how you clean them, what chalk to use, and it doesn’t take long for them to look worn and scratched. I think they are cool. I think they are trendy. I think they aren’t practical enough for me.