Chalkboard paint is a type of paint that dries to resemble the surface of a chalkboard. It can be used just like a regular chalkboard once it has been applied to a surface, though it may require periodic touch-ups. This type of paint is available at many hardware and paint supply stores, as well as through specialty paint companies. Because of the complicated formulation, it is a little more expensive than regular paint.
If you don’t want to spend the money on commercial chalkboard paint, you can make it yourself. One of the benefits of the homemade version is that it allows people to customize their colors, allowing them to create paint in a variety of colors for different purposes. 2 tablespoons powdered tile grout for every 1 cup (237 milliliters) of paint can be added before the mixture is thoroughly stirred and then applied. It’s a good idea to use a primer before painting with this paint, especially if it’s light and being used to cover a dark color.
Chalkboard paint has a wide range of applications. For instance, a wall painted with it can be used to exchange information, make a list of needed store ingredients, or post reminders about upcoming events of interest to the family. This material allows children to express their creativity on the walls without fear of long-term damage in families with young children, because it can simply be wiped off when people are tired of looking at whatever is on it.
This type of paint is used some restaurants and other public restrooms to turn the tables on graffiti artists. When an entire bathroom is painted with chalkboard paint and chalk is provided, along with an invitation to decorate, write poems, and so on, permanent graffiti is discouraged providing an outlet, and art and dialog are stimulated in the bathroom. Chalkboard paint is also used in commercial kitchens and other business settings where the ability to scribble a quick public memo is useful.
There are a variety of other creative uses for this paint. It can be used to decorate theatrical sets with chalk, for example, allowing set designers to achieve a specific look and feel. Chalkboard paint can also be used to create personal chalkboards, chalkboard cubes, and other surfaces on which people can write or draw, or to paint desks and work tables for people who want some space to work on mathematical formulas and other conundrums.