chalkboard any surface in any color

I’ve talked about how my awesome neighbors give me their goods before they haul it off to the dump or donation center.  My family is the same, they know I love trash to treasure projects.  My uncle recently renovated his kitchen and gave me his old cupboard doors, all 45 of them.  And I’m not talking old junky doors, his house is less than 15 years old.  Can you say SCORE?!  Whoop!  I got his chalkboard clear coat from DecoArt and have been waiting for the right project to use it on.  I have to say I was very skeptical of how well it would work.  It claims it can turn any surface chalk friendly.  Uh huh, yep…I had to try this out and see for myself if it was true.  Uhm, I love it!!  Here’s how easy it to chalkboard any surface in any color.

How to chalkboard any surface in any color #chalkboard #diy

This is the E A S I E S T process known to man. I took 5 cupboard doors from my new stash and picked fun colors of Americana acrylic paint to test this process out.  First step: paint.  I used cheap foam brushes and gave each door two quick coats.

How to use chalkboard clear coat #chalkboard #diy

When it was dry, I brushed on a chalkboard coat going vertical, going with the wood grain pattern.  After a couple hours, I coated it again but this time I brushed it horizontally.  I got distracted from the process so the next day, I gave it a final coat..going vertical again just to be safe.

How to use clear chalkboard coating #diy #howto

 A couple days later (real life happens, people) I used a piece of chalk and coated the whole board.  I wiped off the dust then was able to use it like a regular chalkboard!  I even took the green one along on my news segment this week where I shared St Patrick’s Day crafts!!

How to chalkboard any surface in any color #chalkboard #diy

Whoop!-easy, right??  I was so excited to know that this stuff is legit!  Think of the possibilities!  You can chalkboard wood, walls, doors, flower pots, mailboxes, your dog…okay not your dog but you get the point (;  Fun! I love it!!  I added some dollar knobs from Home Depot and hung chalk with coordinating bakers twine.

Screw a knob and hang chalk with bakers twine #diy #chalkboard

I’m going to offer these bad boys on my Instagram account when I get around to it, look for #lollyjunk, I sell random home decor goodness that I sell from time to time.

How to chalkboard any surface in any color, so easy!! #diy #chalkboard

Check out all our tutorials and we’ll see you this weekend for some yummy St Paddy’s treats!  Pin this so your friends can share the fun too!

And be sure to check out all of our DIY DecoArt ideas like our chalkboard mouse trap calendar,

Very easy chalkboard calendar tutorial with FREE numbers to print!!

Home is Where the Heart is pallet art.

DIY Home is where the heart is pallet sign via #palletart #diy

Lolly Jane
Meet Kelli & Kristi, twin sisters and authors of Lolly Jane. We are two busy wives + mommas who are makers of all things pretty. From signs to home decor and holiday crafts or redoing furniture in between soccer practices, we do it all all while armed with an ice cold Diet Coke. Join us in our DIY adventures! XOXO
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  • Melanie - Wow, these turned out so cute! I love their bright colors, bonus for being chalkboards too!ReplyCancel

  • Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe - Too cute!! I love the bright colors. It is SO you girls. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa@creative raisins - What a great idea. I love all the different colours.ReplyCancel

  • Jaime Costiglio - Kelli those are the bomb!!!! That would make a great Easter basket addition (obviously not IN the basket) but my kids go crazy for chalk so they would love those fun colors. What a great product, I will definitely be getting some.ReplyCancel

  • Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke - This is so stinkin cute, I love the spring colors you chose! Clever to hang the chalk on the knob, too! You girls are so crafty, I’ll take one in each color!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley - WOW, I am LOVING those colors, so bright and cheerful!! I had no idea that product even existed……oh the opportunities!!ReplyCancel

  • Kat M - Wow. Good to know you’ve had success with this. I tried it on some metal platters and didn’t have too much luck. I’ll have to try again.ReplyCancel

  • Kara - Thinking awesome! Love these!! I’m def making one…or 45 ;)ReplyCancel

  • Katie@MyDarlingDays - this is golden! i can’t wait to try it; the colors you chose are lovely, and i just love how you strung the chalk to the knob. such a clever one you are :) thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh - Totally love – I want them all!!ReplyCancel

  • Sydney - Soooo Cute! Love the bright colors too. I think I may have to make one up for my kitchen as a menu board.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - Holy Cow! I love this!! Thanks for sharing! Now to find something fun to paint on!ReplyCancel

  • April - I’ll have to try this-our Habitat for Humanity restore sells cabinet doors for $1 each! I love the chalkboard clear coat-I’ve only used it on wood, but it works great.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - Absolutely fabuluous!! Love the colors!! Great idea on using them as chalk boards. Thanks for sharing :) Pinned it!ReplyCancel

  • Jean Bullock - This is so cool. I didn’t chalkboard paint could be clear. Great tutorial by the way.ReplyCancel

  • brianna - These are brilliant.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - How cute these doors ended up! I’m going to have to look for this clear chalkboard coating, I’ve never heard of it before, hopefully I can find it in Canada. Thanks for sharing this awesome product!
    Debbie :)ReplyCancel

  • Meghan - Super Duper Cute!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea @ Making Home Base - Love it lady!! I need to get some of that chalkboard coating!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - How cute!! I love how easy that is! Love the chalkboard cupboards too – so clever to use the handle to tie chalk to!ReplyCancel

  • kelly thompson - I love this and did not even know it existed- it keeps things clean since you dont need the grout or plaster of parisReplyCancel

  • Laura B - So cute!ReplyCancel

  • Randi - Dukes and Duchesses - Those look so awesome! That chalkboard coating is my favorite craft product ever … it’s SO fun!ReplyCancel

  • Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile - Hi Girls,
    Thank you so much for coming to my party. OMG I love these cabnets and paint. Such a cute post. I want to do this in my laundry room. I pinned it!
    Happy Spring,
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the MileReplyCancel

  • Janet Brown - love the chalk paintReplyCancel

  • Two Broke Wives - These are fantastic — wanting to do my laundry closet doors so bad, but hated the idea of being tied to a single color. Perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Knock Our Socks Off Party #4 - Mom 4 Real - […] Did someone say Chalkboard Any Surface In Any Color?  Yes, please…thanks for showing us Lolly Jane! […]ReplyCancel

  • Knock Our Socks Off, Party # - […] Did someone say Chalkboard Any Surface In Any Color? Yes, please…thanks for showing us Lolly Jane! […]ReplyCancel

  • Jessica @ Mom 4 Real - Oh girls…you are speakin my language…I have a slight chalkboard obsession! Featuring at the Knock Our Socks Party! Thanks so much for linking up!ReplyCancel

  • Office/craft space redo inspirations « Atop Serenity Hill - […] I will find something similar for my space (yes, I am dreaming, but just let me have my dream!). These chalkboards doors from Lolly Jane are just beautiful. What I love about them is that they are actually done with regular paint and […]ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - Wow these are terrific, great colors! Love the door look and the knob! Pinned!ReplyCancel

  • Cathey E. DeRosa - I am so into chalkboard paint right now. I had the coolest old frame that was an ugly color. I paint taped the blank area of the frame on my paneled wall. Primed once with Kilz Latex and 6 coats of Garnet colored chalkboard paint I’ve had awhile and paid quite a bit for it and who needs a whole pint?
    Treated it, spray painted the frame a satin Caramel Latte and it turned out gorgeous. I write sayings in it every couple of days. It looks very classy. Now I am trying to find a chalk marker as chalk doesn’t look as neat. These doors are a new love for me. I’m getting this done ASAP. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Anja - This is so great, I really have to check out if this chalkboard coat also exists in Germany. Love them!

    PS And my family also keeps their old furniture for me… my husband is not too happy about it, but at least he doesn’t complain that I spend too much, right?ReplyCancel

  • Chalk Paint Any Door - […] Chalkboard paint was the best invention….ever…until chalkboard clear coat came along.  Being able to make anything chalkboard-able? Find just the right color, and just the right surface, and you’ve got yourself the cutest project ever!  The sisters known as Lolly Jane share their chalkboard painting tips over at their blog – check it out here! […]ReplyCancel

  • Sue {munchkin munchies} - Functional and gorgeous! Love this so much…such great colors!ReplyCancel

  • Make a Bunting ~ Pinwheel Bunting - Todays Creative Blog - […] paired the bunting with our chalkboard cabinet door and cute funky […]ReplyCancel

  • {Guest Post} Foamcore Chalkboard with Washi Tape Grid - Just Us Four - […] hook could hold. My solution? Foamcore! I was introduced to this clear chalkboard coating by the ladies at Lolly Jane. As the bottle states, “It transforms everyday surfaces into a chalkboard.” I figured, […]ReplyCancel

  • Deanna - The only thing missing from your site is a take out menu because it’s gonna be a long time before I leave here and the kids are gonna need to order something for dinner for a while!!! ;) LOVE THIS!!!!ReplyCancel

    • lollyjane - Hahaha! We’ll see about adding one on the site. LOL! THANK YOU for staying around to glance into our little world ;)ReplyCancel

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  • Foamcore chalkboard with Washi tape grid - […] was introduced to this clear chalkboard coating by the ladies at Lolly Jane. As the bottle states, “It transforms everyday surfaces into a chalkboard.” I figured, […]ReplyCancel

  • Mabey She Made It Children's Art Prints by Lolly Jane » Mabey She Made It - […] this tutorial to Chalkboard Any Surface in Any Color. ANY color, ANY surface. How fun is […]ReplyCancel

  • Simple Pinwheel Bunting | Creative Home - […] paired the bunting with our chalkboard cabinet door and cute funky […]ReplyCancel

  • Jacquelyn - I am SO GLAD I found this!! I bought some of the chalkboard finish today ON CLEARANCE and was checking reviews (which are few & far)..

    I think the reason that chalkboard paint gets so many mediocre reviews is that most people do not read & follow the directions! It’s a little time consuming but to be able to have my own monogrammed chalkboard that I can have in 500 different colors…worth it.

    Love your blog! Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • the great craft stash giveaway - […] Americana Clear Chalkboard Coating, check out how we used it to chalkboard ANY surface in ANY color! […]ReplyCancel

  • christine mcveigh - I love these chalk board doors.. what did you do with all of them?!! I also haven’t heard of Americana.. are they as expensive as Annie Sloan? Always on the hunt for great products.ReplyCancel

    • lollyjane - We kept one and sold the rest! Americana is wayyyy cheaper than AS, plus you can pick these up at Michaels or Home Depot and not a fancy boutique! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Cabinet Chalkboards - […] with said cabinets, but mostly, they’ve sat collecting more dust in our garage.And then, Ms. Lolly Jane introduced me to a revolutionary new product (wow, flare the dramatics much […]ReplyCancel

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  • Repurposing Junkie | Chalkboard Rocking Horse - […] before but it was a while ago so I ended up referencing these two sites throughout the process: Lolly Jane and The Idea Room.  I put two coats of paint on him. When the paint dried I took the flat part […]ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Just created my own in the turquoise blue! I absolutely love your post this is great!! I will forever continue to keep pinning your amazing tutorials. Thanks for being awesome! (:ReplyCancel

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