How To Season Chalkboards

We love chalkboards around here….they are everywhere; and we use them in so many ways – inside and out. They are also the #1 seller in our etsy shop!

So, I thought I would make sure everyone knows how to ‘season’ a chalkboard.  Many people don’t realized that whenever you purchase or make a chalkboard that it is very important to season it before using it.  If you don’t then when you write on it the chalkboard will become ‘burned’ with the words, etc. that you put on it.

It’s a very simple procedure………

1. Take a piece of chalk and rub it vertically across the entire board.

2. Then, do the same horizontally.

3. After the chalkboard has been covered with chalk gently erase it with a felt eraser, dry paper towel, or soft towel. If you like a newer-looking chalkboard you can use a damp paper towel.

It’s ready to use!

Chalkboard paint is very porous…..and if you don’t fill all those little pores with chalk, then the board will become burned with whatever you first put on the board and it will look as if you can’t erase it. {As if it is ‘stained’ with the original drawing/words.}

Make sure you do this to each chalkboard…whether you made it yourself or purchased it.

Blessings~

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Comments

  1. NEVER KNEW THAT! Thanks I must hang one out at my front door next spring after I finish painting the house. Never thought to add one for messages :)

    Eunice

  2. This was a great tip. You know why? Because you told me the “why” I should do it. I never knew that, and now I understand the importance.

    Bliss

  3. must love junk says:

    Amazing! I’ve got tons of chalkboards (love them!) and always wondered why I can’t completely erase the words…now I know why. Thanks so much for sharing this fantastic tip!! :)
    Susan

  4. Thanks for the tip!

  5. Awesome….Thanks for the heads up!!

  6. I make a lot of chalkboards. Another tip to add is that over time the chalk board can get full of chalk and quite messy looking BUT you CAN wash the chalkboard with a damp cloth and a bit of liquid soap. Then you must start over and season it again, as you described.

  7. your instructions came up first on a google search I did. :) thanks! my new chalk board will be ready to go in no time. :)

  8. Thank you so much for this info. I have a very lovely chalkboard that was a curbside find some time ago. Board had some spots that just wouldn’t take the chalk. Used this technique and now I can actually write on it.

    • So glad, Rachel! It really does make a big difference, doesn’t it? Before I used to do this I always wondered what was wrong with my chalkboards! ha! =) Have a great day…..

  9. Ha! Should have come here earlier lolll! Thanks for the tip, I will know for sure for the next ones!

  10. I have a brand new chalkboard. I have seasoned it as you describe, but it just doesn’t take chalk well. Words appear very faint, and I have tried all colors of chalk. Should I paint it with a coat of chalkboard paint? Thanks!

    • Kitty~ Sometimes I find I have dud chalk. Also…if your board is an actual vintage chalkboard, it may actually be slate…which is a bit hard to write on with chalk. AND, sometimes the chalk paint that was used to paint something didn’t have enough ‘grit’ to take hold of the chalk. If you try a different piece of chalk and it still doesn’t work….I think your idea of painting a coat of chalkboard paint should do the trick. =)

  11. I just bought a package of 24 colored chalk sticks at Target, and using the white one, I tried to season my new store-bought chalkboard. It did not work well at all. The chalkboard seems to have slick areas that don’t accept the clalk at all. Overall, the writing looks grainy, not smooth like the school chalkboards of my youth. I am wondering if I should buy chalk paint and paint it right over this surface. I don’t want to toss this board–bought it at Ross For Less for $20 and the big white frame on it is just wonderful.

    • Hi, Ann….I have run into the same problem with store-bought chalkboards. Sometimes they have a ‘finish’ on them that causes some chalk to not work…and, they are impossible to season. ugh. I would just paint over it with chalkboard paint….a couple of coats..and then season it. I have also found that some chalk will not write well on some surfaces. =) I hope that helps! It helped me when I ran into the same issue.

  12. Hi, I am wondering if you recommend a specif brand of chalkboard paint? Thanks

    • Hi, Sarah…my favorite is the brush on Rustoleum. I’ve never had a problem with any of them….but I will say that I think the Rustoleum goes on smoother. =) Blessings…..

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