You can leave a dry erase board off of your dorm room shopping list because the newest trend in home decor is painting with chalkboard paint. Whether it’s on your wall, wood or metal, chalkboard paint has become such a popular and new decoration for apartments. It’s also an easy and great way to communicate with your roommates. It’s a good bonding experience and it’s easy to paint over it once you move out.
You can get all the supplies you need at your local Home Depot: pre-made chalkboard paint, rollers, painter’s tape, and magnetic and counter-top paint. You can also purchase chalk from Walmart, Target or Walgreens. When you purchase paint, you can even get colors mixed together at the store. If you want to be really crafty, you can make the paint yourself. Instead of purchasing pre-made paint, buy ground up tile grout and mix it with regular paint.
Once you’ve purchased all of your goods, pick a wall or area that you want to paint on. This looks great as an accent or you can get fancy and do a border, or pick different colors and do a pattern. Just like any painting job, remember to clean the wall and tape off any edge to avoid getting paint everywhere.
First, paint a couple of coats and let it dry for at least an hour before you put on any more. Then, take the chalk and brush the side over the entire painted area and brush it off. This allows the chalk to be more visible when you write notes on it.
You can begin writing or drawing on it after you let it try for four hours or you can leave it to dry overnight. Whenever you need to clean it, wipe it off with a damp towel just like you would with any other painted wall. Now, you can write anything on it, from a note to get milk to drawing diagrams for study purposes or to just doodle on your wall.