Bob Vila Radio: Chalkboard Paint

By Roseann Foley Henry | Updated Apr 30, 2013 10:19 AM

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Kids and chalk go together like peanut butter and jelly—and parents love the easy cleanup of chalk, whether it’s on the front walk or the living room walls. But there’s a fun way to let kids of all ages make their mark: chalkboard paint can turn almost any surface into a place for art, notes, or even shopping lists.




Listen to BOB VILA ON CHALKBOARD PAINT or read the text below:

Chalkboard paint, which is sold in paint stores and home centers, can be painted onto a single door panel, a small area above a desk, or even onto an entire wall. Use it on dresser drawers to label their contents, or on bedroom doors to leave messages or just express feelings. For finishing touches, install molding around a chalkboard-painted area to create a picture frame effect, and hang a ledge or cup nearby to hold chalk.

Let the paint cure for three days before using it as a chalkboard, and use a damp cloth instead of an eraser to wipe it clean.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

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