I’m in LOVE!!! with chalkboard paint.
I’ve seen so many cute projects on Social Media that use chalkboard paint and I finally decided to give it a try. I figured I better start pretty small since my interest in crafts far outweighs my crafting ability….
I found an old index card box lying around in our office and thought that this would be something I could work with. When I think of chalkboards, I think of school (when I went to school and they actually had chalkboards…) and then I thought of learning to write.
My niece Molly is 2, and can recognize her letters. She can’t write properly yet, but she loves to put pen/pencil/crayons/markers to paper. She once even demonstrated her artistic ability on my sisters freshly painted walls at home!!! I thought this little box would be something she could carry around with her and play with.
Even though I was a little nervous (going back to my ‘crafting ability’ comment above), I jumped right in and gathered some supplies:
The bottle called for 2 coats of paint and it certainly had good coverage – even on the first coat. After waiting an hour, I applied the second coat.
Because the box has texture, I was afraid it may have needed a third coat – to fill in the tiny crevices and make a smoother writing surface. I decided to test it out after I let it dry overnight.
If it was for an extra special project that was going to get a lot of use, I would have probably added a third coat. This project is for a two year old that will play with it for a few minutes and probably forget about it as she goes on to the next toy so 2 coats of paint is enough.
I finished the project with a little personalization so she could see the letters in her name. Voila!
Update: Here is Molly with her finished ABC box…
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