Chalkboard painting tips

Chalkboard painting tips

Posted by DecoArt on Dec 2nd 2013

I remember having to clean the erasers after school by beating them together to get all of the chalk dust out. I can still smell that distinct chalk smell as I clapped the erasers together, trying not to get it all over my new dress. My music teacher used a special chalk holder so she could draw all of the staff lines on the board evenly. My regular teacher used the same holder to make lines to demonstrate proper penmanship. It would be difficult to find a classroom these days with an original chalkboard hanging in it but it is not difficult to find chalkboards on everything from food containers to present tags.

Chalkboard projects are abundant on blogs and a quick visit to Pinterest will give you ideas that will last you the rest of a lifetime. Today though, I want to share with you some information about the chalkboard products that DecoArt offers. We have three main chalkboard paint lines: Americana Chalkboard, Clear Chalkboard Coating and Gloss Enamels Glass Chalkboard. I will tell you the differences between each so that your projects will turn out perfectly every time!


Americana Chalkboard paint is a basic chalkboard paint that comes in black and soon-to-be-released, grey. Use it when you want to paint on wood, canvas, papier mache, terra cotta, unglazed ceramics, paper and walls. It is very durable and is water-based so cleaning up any spills or mistakes is a breeze.


Want a chalkboard a different color than black or grey? No problem! We have Clear Chalkboard Coating that easily brushes on any surface (walls, cabinets, doors, terra cotta) to create a satin varnish finish that then can be used as a chalkboard! Your existing wall or surface color will remain exactly the same, just with a slight satin finish. You can even use it over a pattern. Apply one coat horizontally, allow to dry and then apply another coat vertically. Once fully cured, condition with chalk.


My personal favorite is the Gloss Enamels Glass Chalkboard paint. The perfect way to label glasses, mugs and canisters to know whose it is or what is inside. Bakes for a dishwasher-safe finish. Also water based, clean up is easy. Just make sure you keep the painted surface away from areas that will come directly in contact with food or your mouth.

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