Okay Maron, this one’s for you… and all you other fabulous women who have purchased or made a chalkboard and would like to know:
How Do I Season My New Chalkboard?
Seasoning your home-made chalkboard is crucial. Why? If you write on your chalkboard without seasoning it first, you will NEVER be able to completely erase what you have just written. A faint image will eternally remain due to the chalkboards porous surface. This is called ghosting or shadowing.
To ensure ghosting doesn’t happen, a few simple steps are required. Seasoning your board or creating a chalk “foundation” will alieviate any problems. It’s super easy and it takes no time at all.
1. After your chalkboard has dried and cured for the appropriate amount of time instructed on your chalkboard paint, take a piece of chalk (use it’s side rather than the tip) and rub the entire surface vertically ensuring the board is covered.
2. Once again, using the side of your chalk, rub the entire surface horizontally making sure the entire board is covered.
3. Wipe with a soft rag, cloth or chalkboard brush and blow off any excess chalk dust. Voilà…. it’s seasoned and ready to use.
Maron, I hope your sister likes the chalkboard you picked for her special day.
In regards to making a chalkboard, as discussed, if I can do it, you can do it!
Here’s an easy tutorial on how to create your own beautiful chalkboard for re-sale or for your own home décor. It was a pleasure meeting you and good luck!
To all my other friends, if you have any questions about seasoning your board, feel free to leave me a comment below.
I love hearing from you!