As promised, here are the instructions for how to turn a galvanized steel tub into a summer entertaining chalkboard piece.
- Select your container. It can be a vintage one or you can purchase one. These were purchased at Tractor Supply Company.
- Select the area you want to paint and sand with 240 grit sand paper to rough the surface. This will make the paint adhere better.
- Clean the sanded area with an ammonia-based cleaner. (important step) I used glass cleaner.
- Tape off the area that you DO NOT want to paint with painters tape, masking tape, or Frog Tape
- Prime the area to be painted with chalkboard paint and/or regular paint with a laytex based primer. (another important step) Zinsser 123 would be great, but any laytex primer will do.
- Paint your container with Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint. I used the brush on, but you could use the spray....it's just not as cost effective. Let dry 1 hour between coats. You will need 3-4 coats of chalkboard paint.
- Once the chalkboard paint is dry, peel off the tape, and then re-tape the area that you would want an accent paint color.
- Paint 2-3 coats of your accent paint and peel the tape once the paint has set, but before it's completely dry. The lines will be crisper this way.
- Let the container sit for 3 days (I waited 2), these are the instructions on the can by Rustoleum. Once 2-3 days have passed and the chalkboard paint is dry, you need to "prime" your chalkboard surface. Place a piece of white chalk on it's side and rub over the entire chalkboard paint area. Then wipe off with a clean cloth.
- You are ready to start writing! Now you just have to decide what you want it to say!
|This is the primer I suggested.|
|This is the spray version I was talking about. Would be easier, but not as cost effective.|
|It also comes in a tintable version. This would be fun for a large project!|
Happy Painting! Ciao, Kellie