Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Chalkboard Chalk tip

Welcome to another edition of Works For Me Wednesday! Each week hundreds of people from around the world gather at Rocks in My Dryer for WFMW and share their tips. Please take a look when you have finished here. Thanks & I'll see you again next week.

My tip for you this week is a cool one. I used to write on a chalk board that was the sidewalk sign for our coffeehouse. I learned right away that if I wrapped the chalk up in a wet towel (or paper towels) and let them get good and wet before I used them,they were much easier to use. When I took them out of the towel they would just sail across the chalkboard with ease. The colors were so much more vibrant as well. I loved to write on the sidewalk board. My favorite chalk is the Sidewalk Chalk because it is fat and easy to hold, especially when wet. Not to mention you can find such cool colors.

The picture shown is of one of my rental condos - I painted one of the walls with chalkboard paint, so my renters could use it and have fun. My renters have all enjoyed the chalkboard wall.

The towels that you use to wet the chalk or to wipe off the chalkboard will probably get stained by the chalk - so designate a chalk towel or two before all of your guest towels become tie-dyed lol

Have a Great Day!



mzzterry said...

Love this tip. I think I am a repressed school teacher with an unexpressed desire to write in chalk!!

Looks Cool & Like Fun!!

Annikke said...

I love the chalk board paint.... we have one wall at the end of my kitchen that is this way. We are buying a new house right now and I am already scoping out where I can put my chalk board wall. I have always been frustrated by the chalk though, so I will try wetting it first! Thanks for the tip!

dixymiss said...

Great tip ~ thanX for sharing. I'll give it a try.

Ashley said...

Cool! - But, even own rental properties? WHERE?!

ttelroc said...

I own rental condos in Jacksonville, FL. We have three of them. Click on the Label on the side of the blog and read the Jax Condo Rental tag - that will explain a lot about what we do.

I love the excitement that I heard in the comment lol

Have A Great Day!

Kathy in WA said...

Great tip! I had no idea wetting the chalk was the way to go. I painted our pantry doors in chalkboard paint. I love it but I find myself using our whiteboard more often. Easier to write and erase. I'll have to try your wet chalk idea.


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Unknown said...

Thanks for the idea!

You can find my tip at:

Laane on the World

Have a great day!!!

Anonymous said...

Very cool idea!

Niki Jolene said...

I have always wanted to use that chalkboard paint somewhere in our house.

I was a teacher before having my son, so of course I just love chalk! LOL

Thanks for visiting my blog earlier.


gelatoadventures said...

Thanks. I never knew about the wet chalk tip. I am currently doing a sign board for my ice cream store in chalk and am trying to seal it so people with itchy fingers wont be able to rub it off.

Any tips on sealing it? I have not been able to seal it successfully despite multiple coats of spray on acrylic lacquer.

Here is a progress of it.

Amanda Fetters said...

Thanks for the tip! I was looking for such info and found you via Google. Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

It is very interesting for me to read that post. Thanks for it. I like such themes and anything connected to them. I would like to read more soon.

Anonymous said...

I just finished turning an entire wall in my son's room into a giant chalkboard! He is so excited! There is enough room for everyone to draw! We made him a step stool with a "secret" drawer to hold all of his chalk!

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I am going to paint some walls with chalkboard paint for the upcoming schoolyear and found this helpful post! Thanks!!!


Anonymous said...

Hi - I am certainly happy to find this. cool job!

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