If you have small children in your home, you know how hard it can be to entertain them. You also realize that if you leave it up to them, they’ll make a mess. And that includes displaying their artwork all over your walls and furniture. But now, you don’t have to worry about that with chalkboard paint. As the name suggests, it’s like having a chalkboard on your child’s wall. And the best thing is, it erases like one, also.
Stick around because you’re about to discover the magic of this incredible paint. Then you’ll get some creative ideas on where to use it. Finally, you’ll receive tips on how to hire a professional to apply chalkboard paint in your home.
What is chalkboard paint?
Chalkboard paint allows you to have a hard, scratch-resistant wall surface to write on using chalk. And it’s versatile. You can apply it to almost any material, such as:
Use it for a child’s room to encourage little ones to explore their creative side. You can also use chalkboard paint to set up a family message board. Or simply create an accent wall you can decorate with chalk. You’re only limited by your imagination. There are many different shades to choose from. Red, yellow, green, blue, and everything in between—take your pick. Most professional painters can order just about any color.
It’s best to choose a wall with a smooth surface. Your paint design specialist can help you pick the right one. But don’t worry if it isn’t perfect. Professional painters know how to make minor repairs to most surfaces.
Is chalkboard paint safe?
Most chalkboard paints installed by interior painters are non-toxic. However, it’s still a good idea to ask. Make sure it is non-VOC, which stands for “volatile organic compound.” You definitely don’t want that in your home. Chalkboard paint is safe for most wall surfaces. And with a bit of prep work, your paint pro can make it look like it was never there. Any color will thoroughly cover it.
Chalkboard paint for walls
No more worrying about permanent markers on your walls. Now you have a great way for your child to express themselves. Let them be a creative as they want. Simply erase and start over. Kids will have hours of fun writing, drawing, and doodling. For more than one child, you can have a few designated areas painted. The great thing is, they can switch off or add to their sibling’s artwork.
Chalkboard paint for furniture
Chalkboard paint also works on wood furniture. While your interior painters cover the walls, have them do the same for an old dresser. Or you can set up wooden boxes. Kids love to draw on anything. So, make it as varied as possible. However, don’t get chalkboard paint confused with chalk paint. Painters use chalk paint to create a matte finish for wood furniture. This looks great if you desire an antique, retro look. But here, you want to get a chalkboard finish so you can write on it.
What about cleanup?
Chalkboard paint cleans up just like a regular chalkboard. Wipe away, and then you’re done. For added cleaning, use a spray bottle with water, and wipe it off with a soft cloth.
Tips for hiring a painting contractor
Everyone has what they excel in, and painters are no different. They have everything they need to do the job right the first time. But just like any other profession, no two painting companies are alike.
For that reason, it’s essential to do your homework before hiring one. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Be sure to choose a licensed professional. Credentialed businesses set themselves apart from people who paint merely as a hobby.
- Ask to see completed work to ensure you’re receiving a quality job. Most reputable companies will have at least a few pictures on hand.
- Enlist the help of family and friends to find the best contractor.
- Consult the Better Business Bureau to help you steer clear of bad choices.
- Read the contract carefully. Also, be sure to get all promises in writing before signing anything.
By following these steps, you will have the confidence to hire a professional painter. The most important thing to remember is that your satisfaction should be the number one concern. So, don’t be afraid to let your contractor in on what you expect.
An eco-friendly interior painting alternative
Two Brothers Painting in South Kingstown RI is a locally owned, licensed, and operated painting contractor serving the New England area. It uses only the best, EPA-approved materials that are safe for children, pets, and the environment. And its eco-friendly approach helps ensure a healthy planet for future generations. Contact Two Brothers Painting today for a free, no-hassle consultation.
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