$30 Restaurant Chalkboard from 2ndUse
$12.98 Tintable Chalkboard Paint Home Depot
6 Coats of Paint
For months, I had my eye on a large restaurant chalkboard catalogued in 2nd Uses' online inventory. I finally made it to their warehouse and finding it in stock. A bit of negotiating and cramming into my car and my new purchase was home with me.
This project couldn't be easier, especially considering the varieties of chalkboard paint available today. There are many colors you can select with the tintable chalkboard paint. I went with a dark charcoal gray. I ended up painting 6 coats to ensure coverage. For optimal outcome, allow 24 hours between coats.
I delayed posting about this chalkboard project because I envisioned having a beautiful drawing or some great inspiring quote on the board before photographing. And here you have it... a Mom list left by college boy, a note from our neighbor, cross country meet score and my attempts at an inspiring quote along with a stick figure drawing. This dining room chalkboard will never be perfectly "coiffed" but it will always perfectly depict life at home.