Saturday, July 31, 2010

A New Idea I Would Like to Try...
Today at a baby shower, I was told a wonderful idea. The lady I sat by has a 2 1/2 year old that loves to always need something when she is cooking a meal. To help with this, she decided to paint the top of her table with chalkboard paint. She said that it works out great because her son can color all over the table top. Supposedly it wipes off clean and the food doesn't bother the chalkboard. Isn't that such an interesting idea? Oh...and she painted it black, so it just looks like a black table top.

So here is what I am thinking....
We have a table downstairs that we don't use. I am thinking of bringing it up and doing this idea. Here is the recipe for chalkboard paint. (It is much cheaper to make the paint than buy it.)

Start with flat-finish latex paint in any shade. For small areas, such as a door panel, mix 1 cup at a time.

1. Pour 1 cup of paint into a container. Add 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout. Mix with a paint stirrer, carefully breaking up clumps.

2. Apply paint with a roller or a sponge paintbrush to a primed or painted surface. Work in small sections, going over the same spot several times to ensure full, even coverage. Let dry.

3. Smooth area with 150-grit sandpaper, and wipe off dust.

4. To condition: Rub the side of a piece of chalk over entire surface. Wipe away residue with a barely damp sponge.

To see the website, click here.

So the other part of this is there is a paint store near downtown that is next to the Habitat for Humanity Restore. You can get free paint here. They have left over paint that has been opened and not used by contractors and such. You can get the grout at Lowe's or Home Depot for around $3.

The second part of this whole idea is that I want to start collecting cool mismatched chairs to go around this table. I went to Bass Pro's restaurant in Branson and this is how they had it throughout the whole restaurant. It looked so neat. So if you see an old table chair or you have one that you want to get rid of ...let me know.

Okay...that is my idea for the night!

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