Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Rust-oleum Chalk Board Paint Covered Refrigerator Project.

My kids love to express themselves and create their own art.  So I decided to give them a space where they can draw, write, etc. by painting my refrigerator with chalkboard paint.  It is a large refrigerator and will give them plenty of drawing area to work with.
One of their holiday drawings

After looking at the various brands of chalk board paints, I chose to use Rust-Oleum Black Chalkboard Paint .  It is easily available at Amazon.

 I used about half of the can to paint the front and sides of my refrigerator. I did paint about three coats on each section, since I knew it would get daily use.  I just used a roller brush and painted in on the clean refrigerator surface (following the manufacturers suggestions).
I decided to use one side of the refrigerator for daily review of writing or math concepts.  Either they write it out (math problems) or I write it out while explaining the concepts to them.
Example of terms the kids write out

The front is reserved for the kids to express themselves, as you can see in the pic below and the Christmas tree drawing at the beginning of this post.

We use a microfiber towel that is moistened with water to erase the surface.  These leaves very little dust behind and keeps the chalk dust from traveling around the kitchen.  The kids love it and it has proven to be a great tool for re-enforcing English and math concepts for them which is not bad for a $12.00 investment. We recently discovered that we could use our 3-d glasses to view the drawings on the refrigerator, which makes it an even more fun project.

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