Choose a chest of drawers which could do with a facelift, or find a new one in store (pictured from IKEA). Gather colour samples to help choose your favourite colour combinations with your kids. Then it’s time to gather your supplies.
- Chest of drawers or cupboard, as desired
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- Dulux 1 Step Acrylic Primer, Sealer & Undercoat
- Dulux Design Coloured Chalkboard paint in assorted colours (we used Dulux Sharp Yellow, Dulux Teal Trip and Dulux 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.
Time to paint
You're ready to paint. Follow these steps to get the best results.
- Spread out drop sheet. Remove any handles from your piece of furniture and set them aside for later.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- When first coat is dry (about 2 hours), apply a second coat. Allow to dry.
- 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! You can use chalk to help your kids tidy the room, or let their imagination run wild.