Top Three Uses for Magnetic Chalkboard Paint

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Basics About Magnetic Paint

Magnetic paint is basically a primer that contains metal. It’s an acrylic, latex water-based paint and is safe for use in your home. It can be used on a variety of surfaces, including walls and tabletops.

More layers increase the magnetic properties of the wall you’re covering, and the coats of magnetic paint need to be applied with a foam roller and/or brush, especially if you are planning to paint over it. My understanding is that you can paint over magnetic paint using any color, but many times people use chalkboard paint.

Basics About Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard paint is exactly what it sounds like – when you apply enough coats, you create the surface of a chalkboard. You don’t have to use magnetic paint underneath, but then magnets will not adhere to the chalkboard surface. If you choose not to use magnetic paint, you’ll need to use a primer made for dark or vivid paint before applying chalkboard paint.

Foam rollers and brushes are required when applying chalkboard paint for a smooth, finished surface.

Application Tips

Even if you’re using magnetic paint as a base, consider a cheaper primer for dark paint as a first coat. This will help give you better coverage and use out of the magnetic paint, especially if your surface is porous. Spackle any cracks or holes and let them dry. Clean the surface and sand it if necessary for a smooth finish.

If you’re applying magnetic paint, you’ll have to stir it all through the painting process. Shake the can well before opening and then stir to distribute the heavier metal pieces. According to the manufacturer, three coats of magnetic paint should produce desired results, but you might want to check after each coat. Make sure to wait at least thirty minutes in between coats of paint so that it can cure.

Chalkboard paint is more high-maintenance than your average paint product. According to the manufacturer, use as few strokes possible when applying the chalkboard paint. Another important tip is to let the paint dry for four hours between coats. Then the chalkboard paint will need to cure for three days before any chalk can be used on it.

My Top Three Uses

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Free Up Your Fridge
Use the chalkboard wall to write down the menu plan for the week. Jot down notes to family members or keep a list of what’s needed at the store.

For The Kids
Paint a table-top or a section of a wall for a creative art space that doesn’t require paper and can be instantly cleaned up. Paint part of a ceiling with magnetic paint for some creative space that could include constellations.

For the Office
Keep a daily schedule on a chalkboard wall, along with important papers held up with stylish magnets. Write down important notes or provide a place for humorous or inspirational quotes.

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Kelly Wilson is a busy mom and an expert at living frugally. She is the author of Live Cheap and Free! Strategies to Thrive in Tough Economic Times. You can read more about her at

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