I have deduced that I am a “Chalkboard-ologist”.
A Chalkboard-ologist you say?
Well, I believe that 747 posts on how to transform mirrors, trays, frames and whatever you can into a chalkboards, makes me a “Chalkboard-ologist”.
In my quest to further my studies on chalkboard-ology I recently experimented with my favorite chalkboard paint vs. spray chalkboard paint.
Many of you have asked me my opinion regarding and I really didn’t know.
But I do now.
Ready? This is a serious study so there will be a ton of photos. Be prepared……
What I used:
I have used different chalkboard paints and Rust-Oleum by far is my favorite.
I don’t have peeling issues and it goes on smoother.
They are both on sale right now at Amazon. They also qualify for super save shipping. WIN/WIN!
I ordered 700!
I wanted to!
For real. My husband about had a heart-attack.
On sale? Free shipping? It was a no brainer. PLUS my Lowes stopped carrying it and I could not find Rust-Oleum brand chalkboard paint anywhere. RUST-OLEUM…do you hear me? I think you should send me some free stuff to talk about!
My chalkboards have been pinned thousands of times and are number one on google searches.
Send ME some…..then I can give you some. ; ) FOR FREEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!
I’m off track……
Back to my research.
Two thrift store mirrors.
First off…..spray paint mirror.
I can tell you that I have ALWAYS painted my “brush” on chalkboard paint right on mirror and glass. You know that from my 1000 different chalkboards BUT I was not confident about spray paint right on. I need my chalkboards durable. I sell them and if I use them, I use a damp rag to erase. I don’t want to worry about peeling, scratching etc. So….I primed the surface of the “Spray paint” chalkboard.
Then I did a layer of “spray paint” chalkboard paint.
No, I didn’t tape. I knew that when I distressed dark wood would peep through and I wasn’t too worried if parts were “darker” because of the black paint. So don’t be “hating” on me. : )
I was worried about these “dots” or “wet” looks though, that spray paint can give when spraying too closely. No worries….they eventually dried.
It was a super smooth finish and I was feeling pretty good about it.
Then my brush lightly scratched it and mirror showed.
AFTER TWO COATS AND PRIMER!
So, I applied three coats, like I do with my brush paint BUT there were “thin” spots though that I used my “brush paint” to cover.
Cost of spray paint……$7.19 right now on Amazon and I used maybe half the can? Could be less it was hard to tell by feel of the weight of the can. I think it had to be half though.
Ok…….”Brush on paint “chalkboard paint.
I am just going to show you the finished product. I didn’t prime. Just brushed on with foam brush and three coats.
It felt thick AFTER applying and drying. Just like I like it and durable. I also used maybe 1/18 of the can or less? These cans last FOREVER.
Price right now on Amazon for brush on paint……$14.93 for 30 ozs. I will get about twenty chalkboards (at least) out of this can.
Now….here is where personal preference comes in.
Can you see how the writing is smoother on the spray paint side?
It’s a little “rougher” on the brush side.
I like that look. It reminds me of a “real” slate chalkboard.
But if you like “neat and tidy”, you may like the smoothness spray paint offers.
My PERSONAL thoughts.
Spray paint cons:
* Scratches easily
* Not as cost-effective
Spray paint Pros:
* Smoother Finish
Brush paint cons:
* Rougher surface
Brush paint Pros:
* Price effective
* Longer lasting
Does that answer some questions?
You can check out my other chalkboard posts under the “tags” on the right of my page. There are a ton!
ENJOY and SHARE!
Do you have a favorite? Spray paint vs brush?
What do you think of my “wooden” chalkboard vs painting it?
I think I really like the natural look. I bought it like this. Someone had attempted stripping it but I liked the rough look and uneven stain. I just polished.
So, am I an official “chalkboard-ologist? Should I add it to my resume?
Like the natural wood?
Have a preference?
Tell me what you think!
I can’t wait to hear from you!
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