Using splashes of colour can help bring any bedroom to life and creating a bright and lively room is a great way to inspire your kids. But you don’t exactly want them scribbling willy-nilly on the walls, right? Well, here’s a great way to encourage their sense of fun and creativity, without the headache – coloured chalkboard paint. Transform a chest of drawers or cupboard in a weekend, then let them loose with the chalk. You might even inspire a little tidiness!
CHALKBOARD CHEST OF DRAWERS
Gather your supplies
- Chest of drawers or cupboard, as desired
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- Dulux 1 Step Acrylic Primer, Sealer & Undercoat (optional)
- Dulux Design Coloured Chalkboard paint in assorted colours (we used Sharp Yellow, Teal Trip and Annular)
- Good quality paintbrush and short nap roller
You’ll also need
Dropsheet; damp cloth; quality painter’s tape (optional); paint stirrer; dust-free chalk
STEP 1 Spread out drop sheet. Remove any handles from your piece of furniture and set them aside for later.
STEP 2 Previously painted surfaces should be sanded back to a dull finish, removing any loose, flaking or peeling paint. Wipe over with a damp cloth to remove any dust. Bare timber should be sanded, dusted and sealed with one coat of Dulux 1 Step Acrylic Primer, Sealer & Undercoat. Allow to dry.
STEP 3 If necessary, apply painter’s tape to mask off separate areas of colour. Stir Dulux Design Coloured Chalkboard thoroughly with a broad, flat paddle using an up and down scooping action.
STEP 4 Use a good quality brush to cut in the paint around the edges, then finish with a short nap roller. Apply paint colours as desired.
STEP 5 When the first coat is dry (about 2 hours), apply a second coat. Allow to dry, then re-attach handles.
STEP 6 Allow the final coat to dry and cure for at least 7 days before conditioning the chalkboard. To condition the board, rub the entire surface of the chalkboard vertically with the side of a piece of chalk, ensuring the chalkboard is completely covered. Then rub the entire surface horizontally with the side of a piece of chalk, again covering the chalkboard completely. Wipe with a soft cloth or chalkboard duster and blow off any excess chalk dust. The chalkboard is now ready to use.
For more great weekend project guides, visit the Dulux website