Remember that chalk paint project I was worried about? Well, it took FOUR stinking coats, but finally the basement door serves a double purpose...
I LOVE chalk paint, probably a little too much. I used it in my classroom makeover and decided to try it at home too.
It started with a plan, just a little sketch in my notebook. The supplies cost a total of $22 from Lowes. This was my first time using Frogtape, and I fell in love. I'd been avoiding this particular brand of painter's tape for a while now even though DIYer's have sung its praises since it hit shelves.
An Irrational Fear...
I'm going to be honest and divulge a little something about myself which is sad and ridiculous; I am terrified of frogs. The fear is so intense that I have an aversion to even cartoon frogs or things named after them. I apologize if you are a champion for these creatures' cause, but I really can't help my physical and emotional repulsion to amphibians.
It's actually not a laughing matter, and I don't usually like telling people. (They typically think I'm kidding and try to see how I'll respond to a live frog.) Growing up in Houston, frogs and toads were everywhere. I have very early memories of crying and begging my parents to carry me into the house, so I wouldn't risk stepping on the ones that camped out on our front porch. I think I suffered PTSD from my 7th grade science lab dissection, and the problem only got worse. Now I'm an adult with a completely irrational fear who's blogging about it on a post that has nothing to do with the issue.
Readers, forgive me. Blogging is cheaper than therapy.
Chalk Paint Tips
1. Sand the door you plan on using beforehand.
2. Plan to apply several coats, allowing each to dry overnight before applying the next one.
3. As pictured above, before you write on the surface you have to "chalk" it. Just rub the entire surface with chalk and then clean it off. This allows the chalk you write with to adhere better.
4. I used a combination of white paint pen (calendar grid), chalk pen ( "Remember To" section), and actual chalk. I knew that I wanted the calendar grid to be permanent, and it blends so well with chalk. The chalk paint pens are great because they write very precisely. They don't erase quite as easily as real chalk does, so I tried to use real chalk for items I know will change often.
A week in and I stop and stare at my door any chance I get. Even if I'm not actually more organized than I was before, at least I know what day it is! Anyone have an area of their house that they recently chalk painted or are contemplating using chalk paint for?