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Unleash your inner child and get ready to write all over the house. Chalkboards have made the leap from classroom teaching aid to home decorating essential. With a little imagination you can transform almost any household surface into a chalkboard. Once you get started uou'll discover many fun and creative ways to incorporate this schoolhouse staple into your home’s decor.
Go big by turning an unused wall into a chalkboard collage.
You can also transform any old dresser, buffet, or cabinet into a whimsical conversation piece by applying chalkboard paint and accessorizing the piece with elegant glass drawer pulls. Write on each drawer or door to label the contents found inside.
Chalkboard accessory ideas appeal to children and adults alike.
Highlight the architectural features of your home with a coat of chalkboard paint.
One way to create lettering is to design via graphic word processing programs. Create a word or phrase, save it on your computer and print a copy to transfer it to a chalkboard surface. Many whimsical fonts are free of charge or you can use the ones from your word processing software. If you're proficient with photo editing software you can design words in any style or size. Once you've printed your special phrase transfer it to any chalkboard surface.
Rub a piece of chalk along the back of the printed paper. Make sure you completely covered the back of the letters. Flip the paper over and position it on the chalkboard. Use a pencil to trace over the design and the chalk will transfer to the surface to give you the perfect outline of your letters. Use chalk markers to trace over the design. When you want to remove the lettering take a damp rag and wipe it right off the chalkboard.
When using chalkboards in the home, think beyond the confines of traditional black. Thanks to innovative paint manufacturers, you can find chalkboard paint in a rainbow of fashion colors. Before using your chalkboard for the first time, season the surface to prevent indelible images: burnish the entire board with chalk, wipe it down with a slightly damp cloth, and let it dry. Your chalkboard will erase perfectly time after time.
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