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Painting with Chalkboard Paint

July 25, 2013

CREATE   |   Published July 25, 2013

Last week, I showed you how to use chalkboard paint to turn a clipboard into a place to record your grocery shopping list.    Thank you for all the wonderful comments about my idea.  It is always nice to hear when people like something.

Today I'd like to share another tip for what to do after you've painted with chalkboard paint.

Chalkboards have to be "seasoned" before you write on them.  Otherwise, whatever you put on the board will be etched in and will leave marks on your surface.

To season your board, all you need to do is rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire piece.

Then wipe the chalk off with a paper towel.  Use a dry paper towel to achieve a more rustic look, as you can see in this picture.  A damp paper towel will clean more of the residue off.  Even after wiping off the board there will still be chalk residue left....your board will never look as pristine as when you first painted it!

Your chalkboard is now ready to use!

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