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10/03/2014

Review: Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint


We recently bought a house and converted the basement into a yoga studio. Previously I traveled to various locations to teach yoga and now I just have to walk down a few steps in my home. It's glorious! I wanted the studio to be light and bright and a place where both kids and adults enjoyed coming to and taking yoga classes.

The Yoga Studio Website: http://www.beeyogafusion.com

Using the colors from the website and the Bee Yoga Fusion logo, I painted the far wall of the studio a dark pink with Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint. I anticipated it to take a lot of paint and over purchased but it's always best to have too much than not enough right? FYI: the paint only comes in quart size and this wall (roughly 8 feet x 6 feet) took two quarts.

Following the advice that I read from other bloggers I first applied the Benjamin Moore primer that was tinted to match the pink color that I chose. The chalkboard paint can be any color that you would like but darker colors work best in allowing the actual chalk to show up. After the primer I applied 5 coats of chalkboard paint. Allowing each coat to dry for several hours before reapplying. When the final coat was dry I allowed the paint to "cure", as per the directions on the can for three days. Before the initial use I took a piece of sidewalk chalk on the long side and rubbed it over the entire wall which several bloggers recommended to do as well.

The yoga kids are loving it! And the adults enjoy the quotes and words of inspiration that are posted before class. The wall is easy to clean with just a wet rag and looks great even when it is left blank. I think a chalkboard wall would be a wonderful addition to any kitchen or mudroom to write messages to various family members or to post to-do lists and grocery lists. The possibilities are endless!
  

3 comments:

Unknown said...

Hi! I was going to paint a wall in my daughter's bedroom with chalkboard paint. I was thinking of using Benjarmin Moore since it has a variety of colors, but can't find too much info on what people think of it. How is your Pink wall holding up and is it easy to clean? Thanks for your help!
TJ

CocktailMom said...

Hi The pink wall held up great, but we found that we didn't really use it as much as I thought we would and we ended up painting over it. It takes a while to create it, with 5 layers of paint and waiting for each layer to dry perfectly. I did learn the hard way not to use the chalkboard markers. Even after cleaning the wall you can still see what was written using those markers. :(

TJ said...

Thanks!

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