Reader, Amy, asks, “I would like to paint the back of a cabinet that faces my breakfast room with chalk board paint to write out my children’s spelling words, verses and other reminders. My husband doesn't think I will end up liking it, doesn’t believe chalk paint really works and thinks it could permanently damage the cabinet. Please advise!”
Well, Amy, I have used chalk board paint on several occasions and found it to work well.
RustOleum makes a paint that can be found at Lowes, Home Depot and Walmart.
It should not permanently damage your cabinets, but you may have to paint over it a couple more times to cover up the black, if you decide to switch back to white cabinets. Make sure your read and adhere to the manufacturer’s recommendations on how many coats are needed and how to properly apply it. Chalk board paint can also be mixed in different colors. Consider a soft gray or even red! Martha Stewart and Real Simple always have unique ideas for different ways to use chalk board paint.
While you are at it, consider using a magnetic paint as well underneath the chalk board paint. RustOleum also makes this product. Multi-tasking at its best! As always, you want to check the manufacturer’s recommendations and perhaps even try a sample board first.