I have had a few new blackboards of late, a lovey speech bubble and heart one from The Blackboard Boy, gorgeous ones from Shabby English Rose with...surprisingly roses on them and these French inspired ones. Even painting your own cupboard doors or own blackboad notice boards with blackboard paint has become popular.
One thing I try and remember to tell people when they are purchasing a blackboard from me is that you must 'prime' or 'chalk' your blackboard before you use it for the first time. If you don't do this then the first things you ever write on the board will always be visible underneath.
It is really easy to do and you have to find your inner messy child too which is kind of fun.
All you need is a light coloured chalk and a blackboard eraser ( failing that a dry kitchen sponge will work).
Cover the entire area you will write on with chalk, you might have to go over it a few times to cover it.
Leave it for a few minutes if you can then erase it with the chalk duster.
Cover the blackboard again with the chalk, you will find it is much easier and smoother to do this time.
Leave for a little while and then come back and dust off again...your chalk board is now ready to write and draw on.
Another little hint when writing signs on chalkboards that you would like to stay on for a little while, is to dip the chalk in water before you write on the board, it looks a little odd when it goes on but when it dries the colour is much brighter than with dry chalk.
So if you ever wonder how I spend me day...this could be it, playing with chalkboards even though if the truth be known I actually HATE the feeling of chalk on my hands and HATE the thought of fingernails or something scratching along a chalkboard and making THAT noise...lol
Have a lovely day,
Kiss Noises Linda