Wednesday, April 4, 2012

chalkboard

We are having the best time with our chalkboard wall in the kitchen...we're drawing new murals almost every day!


But tell me...can you see a faint house in the background?


Who in this world would make blinking chalk markers that don't erase???! No where on the package did it indicate that they wouldn't erase! I tried everything...well, not everything. I didn't want to ruin my brand new chalk wall by using anything too abrasive. Maybe I'll try my Mr. Clean Magic Eraser...I'll let you know. In the meantime, boo to the chalk marker people. boo!


Oh, but a happy thing? Yes, please. This suction cup soap holder makes a lovely place for the chalk to hang out...all ready to go when inspiration strikes.

8 comments:

Gold-E said...

Typically new chalkboards need to be seasoned before they are used. It's simple: take your chalk lengthwise and go over the entire chalkboard in all directions so it is covered in chalk. This fills in all the bumps and pores. Then erase it and you should be good to go. You might try doing this now to see if it fixes the issue.

jenny said...

Our new chalkboards had ghost images of old pics too.. a little cream cleaner (cif) worked like magic xo

amy said...

I've had the same problem with the chalk markers- even on my "real" chalk board. I was very disappointed :( I used the Magic Eraser and it helped, but I would not want to use it over and over cause it does remove some of the finish.

Heather Ales said...

My friends (and husband) painted me a magnetic chalkboard wall for my birthday earlier this year too! Stubborn chalk marks are NO fun. I've been using an old toothbrush to lightly scrub them away and then an old washcloth to wipe away as I go. It's worked well so far!

Ch√Ęteau LaCar said...

I agree with Gold-E. We had to 'season' ours first too. After we erased it we also wiped it down with a damp cloth because it does leave quite the amount of residue. A little warning too - some of the big sidewalk chalks also leave similar marks to the ones you have, so it's best to use actual school board chalk - the come in colors as well as white though sometimes it's a bit hard to find.

sally said...

I heard that WD40 is good to use on a chalkboard every now and then. I'm going to try it. I have found that the skinny chalk with the super smooth surface (like they used to use in school) is better than the chalk with the "chalky" surface (where the chalk comes off all over you every time you touch it). Hmmmm, maybe they call that "dustless chalk"?

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