December 8, 2011

Chalkboard Countertops


Yes, you read that right.

 My husband and I bought our first house 3 years ago. It was the best purchase we've ever made. Unfortunately, everything was original from the 1970's. It was in the city we wanted to be in, a mile from where I grew up. Needless to say we spent the first year fixing the place up. Here was our Kitchen Before:
This kitchen was in desperate need of some updates. We painted the cabinets a cream color (I had Home Depot match a color from Restoration Hardware that's no longer available). We bought all new hardware and purchased a gas stove. Then, I wanted to do something with the counters. I love the look of soapstone but that was a bit pricey.  Chalkboard looks similar to soapstone, so I decided to try and paint my counters with chalkboard paint. 

Now, this is how I did it....

What you will need:
I first sanded my counter-tops down with 100 grit sandpaper. I then wiped them clean to make them ready for paint. 
I used two different paints for this project:

2. Black chalkboard paint 1 quart $14 Lowes
Chalkboard Paint*If you are concerned about the chalkboard paint being food safe you could always put a clear nontoxic coat over it or get This Paint! It is 100% nontoxic, VOC free & allergy free. I contacted the manufacturer and they said it's food safe! I don't eat my food from my countertop so I'm not worried about any toxins getting in my food. Do what feels right for your family.


I couldn't have done this DIY without  these Shur-Line 06652 Mini Twist and Reach Roller & Quali-Tech 6MT025-12 6-Inch Pack Mini Rollers (above)They are small enough that they are easy to work with and they leave a little bit of texture so it looks like stone. They used to be available at Lowes but they no longer sell the roller frame anymore. These little roller frames (Shur-Line) will save your back and arms. I use them all the time. I even used them to paint my kitchen cabinets and all the walls in my house. 

  
First, I painted a coat of black countertop paint and let it dry completely(overnight). This is how it looked below:
Black satin countertop paint (base).


 It had so much sheen you could see yourself in them. It brought me back to the 80's, not the look I was going for. 
Then, we painted the counters with the chalkboard paint, using the same rollers as the countertop paint. We waited another night and by morning they looked gorgeous! I was so relieved how they turned out. It took me two days to complete the whole project, a weekend with paint drying.
I really love how the chalkboard counters came together. It really makes a statement. Plus, I get to write messages to my husband, grocery lists & recipes on it. How neat is that? It's very easy to clean but I do have to say that it shows every piece of dust, flour and crumb so you have to clean it all the time. I am a bit of a clean freak as it is, so that part doesn't bother me. 
 It only cost about $50!! Can you believe it? I have been wanting to paint so many other things with this paint. It is ingenious. I wish I had taken more photos but I hope this gives you a good idea of how you can do it yourself. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I will try and answer them to the best of my ability. 
Enjoy!


* Since this post I have written an updated post about the maintenance of the countertops and your questions answered. You can view it HERE!
Thanks!
March Orchard 

30 comments:

  1. Hi there - looks like you completed this project awhile ago. Did you seal the chalkboardrd paint with anything? How has it held up?

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    1. No, I didn't seal it. They have held up really well. Just a few scratches. I've only needed to touch up a few times.

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  2. I love the look....but I'm curius about scratches, stains, heat marks. All I have heard is negatives about the durability of using the counter top paint.

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    1. They do scratch fairly easily but not too bad. I've only touched up three actual scratches (during a 4 year period). It can withstand heat very well. I put hot pots right on the counter. In my opinion, the positives outweigh the negatives.
      Please check out my other post on how they've held up: http://marchorchard.blogspot.com/2013/03/chalkboard-counter-tops-undated.html
      Thanks for the comment.

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  3. Hi! I love this idea, and I wondered if anyone had done it, so I Googled it, and found you! I read both posts, and I still have a few Q's: 1) what, exactly, do you mean by "counterop paint." I'm not sure what that is! 2) Did you "season" your chalkboard paint after you painted it on (by rubbing a piece of chalk all over it?-- like the paint can tells you to do before you write on it.) I know you didn't seal the counters. 3) do you think this would still look good with a counter that has an integrated back splash--the "lip" that goes up the wall? Thank you!

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  4. Heyruthie, There is a link for the Countertop paint that I used as a base for the chalkboard paint. I used two different paints on the counters. I hope that clears it up. I did not "season" the countertops since the chalk wipes off so easily with a wet washcloth. However, I did "season" them after I did a complete repaint this past year and haven't seen much difference. I think it would probably look even better with an integrated backsplash. I wish I had one. Thanks for finding me. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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  5. before painting on old formica counters..any prep need to be done??? my old counters(from 1959) are really in need of something...this sounds easy / inexpensive to do :)

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    1. Hi Whdavidvo,
      I sanded the counters and wiped them clean before painting the counters with the Base (black satin countertop paint) and then I was able to paint them with the chalkboard paint. There is a little prep but not much. Good Luck. :)

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  6. Hi, Just wondering what you painted the cupboards with? And did you have to do a lot of sanding and prep work? Thanks

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    1. Hi Alex, There was a lot of prep work with my cabinets. I took all the doors and hardware off. Then we sanded and primed and painted. It's about a week project but I would do it all over again. Unfortunately, I don't have the paint color anymore. I used a cream color from Restoration Hardware (which I can't seem to find anymore) and had Home Depot match it.

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  7. What was the original surface of your countertops?

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    1. Hi Edna, it was a smooth faux butcher block laminate counter. :)

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  8. I have been wanting to do my kitchen black and white..white cupboards, black counters with black appliances..I absolutely love this idea and am definitely going to try it! Right now they are 70's pink and they just have to go, but we just can't afford a new countertop now. I've seen other painted projects but this is the best yet! Thank you for sharing. My counters have corner seams and one slight hole that should be filled. any ideas on what to do about that?

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    1. Hi Tina! You can use caulk for the corner seams or just use Laminate finishing putty available at Home Depot: http://www.homedepot.com/p/SimpleSolutions-1-oz-Laminate-Finishing-Putty-45628/100661563

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  9. I followed your tutorial and did this myself. I would love to send you some photos.

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    1. Christie I would love that! No one else has sent me photos. How did they turn out? I can't wait to hear from you.

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  10. where might i find a clear top coat that is food safe??

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    1. Hi Juliana, I didn't use a top coat and I did find an alternative Food Safe chalkboard paint here: http://www.ecospaints.net/chalkboard-paint.html (ECOS Paints Chalkboard) However, if you want a clear coat I believe they sell them at any hardware store. I would speak with the clerk in the paint department and ask which topcoat would be best for your counters. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

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  11. Thank you so much for posting this! I followed your directions step by step, and my counters look fantastic!

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that! I hope you enjoy them for years to come, I know I have. Thanks so much for your comment. If you have any questions on upkeep don't hesitate to ask.

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    2. Thanks! I do have a question. We've had a few areas where paint has come off. It's easy to touch up, but I was wondering if you had any sealant/top coat suggestions/recommendations. I know you didn't use one, but I thought maybe you had an idea of what product would be good to seal them. Thanks!

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    3. I'm getting ready to refinish my kitchen counter tops with chalkboard paint, and I can tell you from past chalkboard paint experience combined with my research in prepping for this project the following:

      -if you want to write on it like a chalkboard, best results are to NOT use a sealant/top coat
      -clear polycrilic or similar may be used for a durable albeit glossy topcoat (there are food safe grades available)
      -Clear, paste wax maybe be applied and buffed to a matte finish (2 coats+) providing a durable, not glossy not flat finish. *this is my preference, I love the matte finish and it's highly durable. Caveat I have no idea about the availability of food grade paste wax but it didn't apply to my needs so Idk...

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  12. any issues with hot pans from stove or oven or hot dishes from microwave?

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  13. Hey great job! Do I have to use the Black satin paint if I already have black laminate countertops?

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  14. What a creative use of chalkboard paint!! I'd love if you shared this at the Create with Me link party! I'm featuring chalkboard projects this month at www.lovecreatecelebrate.com :)

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  15. I love that you took the risk and tried something new, it looks fantastic!

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  16. Hi, Can you tell me if you had any issues with brush strokes? I am concerned about them and it's making me apprehensive to try the project.
    Thank You!!
    Morgan

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