Friday, January 25, 2013

Define: Chalkboard paint

I bought chalkboard paint at Lowe's a few months ago, and just never got around to putting it anywhere.  Yesterday while I was cleaning I came across it, and remembered having seen someone use it on their refrigerator.  I thought about it for the rest of the day, and when this morning I was still thinking about it, I decided to give it a try.

I always forget to take before pictures, but I'm sure you can picture a plain old ugly white fridge, so here's an after.

(Don't mind the horrible unfinished wall in the background. I'm getting there.)

After wiping down the fridge, I used Valspar chalkboard paint.  At first I was worried about the drying time, but it actually dried really quickly, which was great because it needed three or four coats.

If I were to do this again:
- I would find a way to do it while the fridge was off.  I mean, I did turn it off, but there was still stuff in there.  It would be easiest to do empty.
- I would try harder to get the handles off.  I looked at them for a minute, didn't see a way to get them off, and gave up.  I think they might have looked cool white, but since I didn't have a brush at first, I accidentally got paint all over them with the roller.
- The rubbery seal part was weird. I left it white, but there's paint on it, and it looks weird.  I think I'll probably paint it black soon.

Overall though, it was really easy and I'm really happy with it.