We are making the transition from Black to Stainless Steel appliances. Stainless steel appliances are not magnetic but I still wanted a space hang notes and list. I decided to use the inside of my pantry doors. It was a relatively
painful painless process. If you do not need a magnetic area I highly recommend using Chalkboard contact paper, I think you will get a smoother more precise edge. I didn’t use it because I wanted a magnetic surface but I wish I had. You can buy the contact paper at Amazon.
First I used the magnetic primer, I purchased it at Lowes, but you can get it at Amazon, Walmart and most large Hardware stores.
Notice I said first I used the primer, again my impatience had set in and I should have taped first, it took lots of touch ups to get the edges as straight as I wanted. Some advice about the primer. It is the consistency of Tar at the bottom of a glass of water. You really really really have to stir and then continue to stir as you use it. It is best to use several thin coats rather then thicker ones. I used three thin coats and that can support relatively light to medium weight magnets, you may need 4 or 5 coats to hold up heavier magnets. I did decide to tape before the chalkboard paint.
After the primer dried I added the chalkboard paint. Again I purchased mine at Lowes (Valspar Chalkboard paint) in a can rather then a spray to I could control the coverage area. Once again thin coats and let it dry. As much as you want to and I did want to -you have to wait three days for the chalkboard paint to cure before you can write on it.
There are some great inspiration photos and tutorials on Pinterest for the Chalk writing. The one I found the most helpful was http://jonesdesigncompany.com/create/how-to-write-on-a-chalkboard/
After reading that tutorial I went to Joann Fabrics in search of the Sewing/quilting chalk pencils.
I also bought the bistro chalk markers you see used in restaurants like Chili’s and Starbucks
I loved the quilting pencils, they were so easy to work with, I used a straight edge to keep my words straight and just referred to pictures for inspiration for my fonts. I found this cute example at http://www.lynneknowlton.com/diy-chalkboard-doors/
My advice is if you make a mistake with the quilting pencils erase ASAP, I waiting a day to erase the no belching, I think I am going to write use manners instead, and I couldn’t get all the chalk off, maybe it still hadn’t cured, or maybe the quilting pencils are semi permanent. I would love to hear others experience with them.
Overall the project took 4 days but most of that was drying time and I am happy with the end result. Have fun and Happy writing!