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Chalkboard Countertops

I didn't like my 30 year old laminate countertops from the moment I moved in to my house 5 years ago. I wanted something that looked like stone but less expensive. One night I got the idea to paint my counters with chalkboard paint. Not only is it beautiful, it's functional too. How would you like to write your grocery list right on your counter?
Time: 2 Days Cost: $50.00 Difficulty: Easy
This is the after photo two years later. They've held up great! I've only touched up a few spots here and there. It's food safe and I can lay hot pots directly on the counter.
Above is the kitchen as we bought it 5 years ago, looking a bit tired. I prepped our counters by sanding them and wiping them clean. I used painters tape around the areas I didn't want paint.
With a 6in roller & 1 quart of Satin Black countertop paint as my base coat, I went to work. After I let the paint dry overnight it looked like the picture above. Not a very good look yet.
On the second day I was excited to use the Matte Black Chalkboard Paint (1 quart). I let the paint dry overnight again. I woke up to beautiful stone like counters. I couldn't be more pleased.
It's like having new countertops but I can write messages on them! After I'm done writing my grocery list I can just wipe it off with a wet washcloth or disinfectant wipes.
**Ecos paints has a 100% nontoxic, No VOC & allergy free chalkboard paint which would be food safe. Or you can put a clear nontoxic coat over regular chalkboard paint. I'm replacing the tile backsplash soon, never finished! :)
Years later my counters still look beautiful.

To see more: http://marchorchard.blogspot.com/2011/12/chalkboard-counter-tops.html

  • Mary Insana
    Mary Insana Pittsburgh, PA
    on Jul 17, 2013

    Wonderful job! I really like the lighter cabinets. I would love to paint my cabinets. I'm just not quite brave enough yet.. I have so many other projects I need to finish before I take on a big project.. I have light Corian counters with cream/beige/small amount of brown and my walls ate Latte. I was thinking about a lighter Latte color. I'll have to experiment with colors and look at AS or Caldwell Chalk paint for colors. If I'm doing the kitchen I will invest in chalk paint.

  • April Pfau
    April Pfau Papillion, NE
    on Nov 11, 2013

    love it

  • Courtney - March Orchard
    Courtney - March Orchard Dallas, TX
    on Nov 11, 2013

    Thanks April!

  • Maia
    Maia New York, NY
    on Nov 30, 2013

    I love this simple idea! And I see a lot of people using it but my question is: is it food safe?! Did you put any food safe clear coating on top??

    • Courtney - March Orchard
      Courtney - March Orchard Dallas, TX
      on Jan 19, 2014

      @Maia Hi, Yes it is food safe. In fact I use the same cleaners on it as I do regular counter-top surfaces. It doesn't flake, chip and I can lay hot pots directly on the counter without problem.

  • Sue Hebert
    Sue Hebert Spring, TX
    on Dec 4, 2013

    Fantastic idea and so nice looking. Love the clean lines. Very nice job!!

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