Review: Chalkboard Paint Vs Chalkboard Tape

Hillela G.
by Hillela G.
I love chalkboard everything! Who doesn't? Chalkboard is trending right now because its fun, vintage, and really handy when it comes to organizing and labeling.
So I decided to test out which product would make the most sense for me to use to label my jars.
The battle was on.....
Chalkboard paint VS Chalkboard tape!!!!Here are my thoughts:

The Paint (Rustoleum Chalkboard Spray Paint):
Pros:Easy to use
As long as you section off your design with painter’s tape, you have the freedom to make whatever size “chalkboard” that you’d like
Cons:Need to do a few coats (I did 3) so you need to commit both time & space
Requires mess control (as spray paint does)
On my jar, it bled through the tape that I used to seal it off, and then it was stuck that way, no redoes
Sometimes the chalk can scratch through the paint and make a visible dent in the “chalkboard”

The Tape (Scotch Chalkboard Tape):
Pros:If you make a mistake, or want to change the shape, you can peel it off and re-do
Easy to cut out shapes that you’d like.
Comes out very clean cut, the shape you cut out is exactly what you get
Cons:Narrow strips, limits the size that you can achieve
Conclusion:In this case, I choose the tape as the winner. It was a slim win because both products had their ups and downs.If I wanted to make a bigger design, I would have been frustrated with the tape. But, because I was going for a very clean-cut look, the tape was perfect for my needs.

What do you like to turn into chalkboard? And what is your go-to product???
  8 answers
  • 9589882 9589882 on Jan 16, 2017

    I personally love using tape. Its cleaner and more precise. Thanks for this wonderful review!

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jan 16, 2017

    Oh my I've never heard of chalkboard tape. I've got to try find some. That's a very clever little invention and it's perfect for smaller projects. Thanks for the heads up Hillela

  • Pamela Pamela on Jan 16, 2017

    Duct brand also has a chalkboard tape. I have not tried it yet, but planning to soon.

  • I saw an item recently about contact paper that is chalkboard and am looking for it!

  • Think2inkme Think2inkme on Jan 18, 2017

    Darn now I want to do something using the chalkboard tape , It's something that I could use inside as well as outside . Good to know ! Thanks for the info .

  • Wyldecent Wyldecent on Jan 21, 2017

    Thanks for the review and information on chalkboard tape. I hadn't heard of it before but will be checking it out now.

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Jan 21, 2017

    Great review! I painted a large chalkboard using chalkboard paint and used magnetic paint to make a bulletin board in our kitchen (former house) to keep track of my four kids and their activities. It worked great and was easy!

  • Lisa Petersen Lisa Petersen on Feb 07, 2017

    Not really a chalkboard paint tip, but I have a cookie jar that came with a chalkboard rectangle where you can write the cookie that's inside. I took a Sharpie white paint pen, wrote "change is good" on the chalkboard, and now we throw change into it whenever we have any. It can hold up to $300, depending on the coins, and no-one smears the "chalk" when they take the jar out to add to it's loot...

    Another not-chalkboard paint tip - my husband painted the inside of one of our pantry doors with whiteboard paint, and it serves as a grocery list in-progress - whenever anyone uses the last of something, they just write on the inside door with a Dry Erase marker what they used. Each weekend, I transfer those items to my list, and we're never out of anything for more than a couple of days.