Chalkboard placematsThe chalkboard paint trend is one of my absolute favourites. No surface is safe in my home, especially since it comes in a spray paint version! Admittedly, I have a fascination with all kinds of spray paint. It’s probably a good thing I’m not any younger or I may be suspected of improper use of the stuff. My *maturity* keeps me to appropriate projects. Lately I’m loving the chalkboard painted placemats I made. Truth is, I made these months ago but wanted to really test them before passing the idea on. They’re holding up well, even after many uses with my niece!
Chalkboard placemats
I started out with run-of-the-mill cork backed rectangular placemats, took them outside and gave them three light coats with Krylon’s chalkboard spray paint in black. I let them dry for 24+ hours then conditioned them by rubbing the entire surface lightly with a piece of chalk. I wiped that off with a chalkboard eraser and was all set!

Conditioning chalkboardThese are so fun to play with. Write fun messages for dinner guests or keep kiddies amused while waiting for dinner. Also good for taking to a potluck to identify your dish or for laying out a cheese and cracker tray. Endless possibilities here friends. Wipe them with a damp cloth after each use and re-condition them as needed.
Chalkboard placemats
Find the supplies: spray paint from Michaels or Canadian Tire, placemats from the thrift shop, WalMart or Canadian Tire (it helps to start with a dark pattern for easy paint coverage), chalk and brush from the Dollar store.

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