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So I’ve been hearing a lot of chit-chat the past few months about Chalkboard paint. Gotta say, I’m really not a fan of chalkboards because of the MESS that comes from all the chalk. So….then I noticed the hype of Dry Erase Paint. Hmm….sounded GREAT, but would it really work, or just be kind of ECK on my wall?
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Project #1: Dry Erase Paint Wall
So another blank wall in our house needed something, so I thought “hey, why not a big dry erase board for the kids when they’re playing school, or coloring, or want to dry, or…” Ya, endless possibilities!
Step 1: Frame in the area
Step 2: Sand it nice and smooth
Step 3: Primer it, just to be sure it’s a smooth color, cover up blemishes from sanding, and help it be as smooth as possible. Allow to dry completely before doing Dry Erase paint.
Step 4: Paint, wait 20 minutes. Paint, wait 20 minutes. Paint again
The product, as you can see at the top and below, worked just fine:
Notes: Although we did spend quite a bit of time sanding, I really wish we had made sure it was VERY SMOOTH. When drying it, the little grooves and bumps do make it difficult and it isn’t as good as I would have liked.
Effectiveness: For this wall, and it could be from the lack of perfect smoothness, I wish I had used 4 coats just so it would erase a bit easier. It works okay, but we do have to use the spray more than I’d like and there is a slight color left. However, again, this could be from the little roughness or from needing one more coat. Also, we could have tried mudding it to make it smoother, like we did the project below.
Still love it, though – the kids have used it TONS and still think it’s a blast!
Project #2: Dry Erase Pantry Door Menu Board
I really have been wanting a nice, big, easily view-able Menu Board in my kitchen, so thought it would be fun to have it on my pantry door, right next to my fridge.
Step 1: Tape off area
Step 2: Sand the area smooth
Step 3: Mud it so every little bump/crevice gets filled for ULTRA smoothness
Step 4: Paint primer. Allow to dry completely
Step 5: Paint with Dry Erase Paint. Wait 20 minutes. Paint again. Wait 20 minutes. Final coat, allow to dry.
I love it!!! It’s been so nice to just erase as we have meals, and when I’m wondering what I had planned I can glance over and it’s there in big, colorful letters. Cause colorful is more fun, right?
Have any of you tried Dry Erase Paint? I do recommend it – but make the area SMOOTH!!!
So, I don’t know if this would actually count as a post – but I feel bad I haven’t shared anything since Saturday. Reason being: my mom is in town!!! The kids and I are having a blast with her, and since I’ve made it a point to put family first, I’ve been a bit absent from here. I apologize, but promise there’s some AMAZING stuff coming up in the coming weeks, so just bare with me!
I wanted to share my Simple Scary Monster Windows with you – especially since it’s SOOOO EASY!!! Seriously, all you do is take a bunch of black 12×12 scrapbook paper (larger, if you can find it). Do a monster on each page, making a variety – witch, different mouths and eyes, horns or snake-eyes, etc. Cut them out, then tape them to your window (inside of the blinds). Then go outside and take a look – Viola!!!
See, super easy, yet lots of fun! Let your kiddo’s help create the monsters and they’ll think it’s the coolest window ever!
- Sides, Bottom, Middle, and under Shelf: 5 thick pieces of molding
- Shelf: a REALLY long board, plus two support ends.
- Decoration/kid separators: Three 1″ thick plain boards
- 4 double clothing hooks
- 4 frames
- White paint/primer
- Black paint
- LOTS of nails – make sure they’re the right kind! (not too long/wide). I used ones that were specifically for Molding pieces