So, I have been wanting to do a chalkboard wall for while now. I REALLY want to do one in the playroom, ever since we bought our house I have planned to. But I want to paint all the walls before I do the chalkboard, but we need to build a wall up there before we paint the walls. We have a stainless Steel fridge, which means we can't stick magnets to the front of it. So I figured I would paint the panel on the pantry door with chalkboard paint, so I could have a place for grocery lists. Unfortunately my pantry door is like my front door and doesn't have a solid panel in the middle (like my cabinet doors do). However, I do have a short wall right across from the pantry door, that is next to my fridge!!
I went to Lowe's and got some Valspar Chalkboard paint, they have 250 colors to choose from. I wanted to match my Kitchenaid Mixer and my olive oil holder, kitchen towels, etc. While I was talking to the guy helping me and asking him questions, he told me they sold a magnetic primer that would make my chalkboard magnetic. Even better? It was on clearance!
The next day I taped everything and sanded the wall. Then I went to use the primer. It was SO thick and sludgy, super nasty. I stirred it, I shook it, I even took it out to my drive way and rolled it around super quick. Nothing seemed to help! So I took it back to Lowe's and had them mix it for me (which everyone who buys magnetic primer should have done before they use it)
A lot of the reviews I read about the Primer said that even with multiple coats (they recommend 3 light coats) it did not work at all, or barely worked. I think this is because they didn't get it mixed up enough and all their iron shavings were on the bottom. Getting mine mixed by Lowe's made all the difference I think. I did the 3 coats, and not only did a magnet stick, but it could hold up a piece of paper too (which most people said it wouldn't do).
They said it was suppose to be dark grey…but it came out black for me. You're suppose to wait 4 hours before you do a top coat, so I waited til the next day since I finished this too late at night. The next day I painted the chalkboard paint over it. They recommend 2 coats, but after 2 coats you could still kinda see the primer in some parts. I was really worried that if I added any more coats if would affect the magnetism, but I added one more coat. It looked great after 3 coats, and the magnetism wasn't affected at all!
Finally I removed the tape, and then I had to 'prime' the chalkboard. You need to take a piece of chalk and turn it on its side and cover the entire chalkboard with chalk before you use it.
Then Voila! You have a magnetic Chalkboard in your kitchen (or whatever room you put it in)!
I only used maybe a fourth of the cans of paint too, so I have tons left over! I absolutely love it!
Do you have a chalkboard wall, or are you thinking of painting one?