Let's Talk Chalk - Beware!

 Let's talk chalk!

I recently did a post on a Free curb side find HERE. A huge framed art. The frame was beautiful; the art, not so much! Anyway, I transformed it into this trendy chalkboard...
Using the above pictured Bistro Chalk Markers, I did a simple drawing for Thanksgiving. After that was over, I used a damp rag to wipe away the chalk. I was intending to do a different design for Christmas, Only to find that the chalk was permanent!! 

THIS is what it looked like after wiping it off...

I had been using this same chalk marker on a manufactured chalk board that I have on my pantry door...without any trouble removing what was written.

 I tried the Bistro Chalk Marker on a silver tray that I had painted with chalkboard paint and it became permanent too.

My discovery is that these markers work only on manufactured chalkboards and not on any of my homemade painted ones!
Do you think that the manufactured chalkboards have a coating that protects them for these chalk markers becoming permanent?
Not wanting to go into panic mode and not having the time to fix the situation, I just used regular chalk and made the shape of Christmas trees on each side of the chalkboard.
Under the trees are still the pumpkin and the saying.  After Christmas I decided that instead of a huge chalkboard, and fix it by repainting the chalkboard with paint again, I would make it into some other kind of artwork appropriate for the space.

First, I took the board out of the frame and using old Quincy advertising pages from an old book, I decoupaged them to the surface. I toned them down with a mixture of glaze and gray paint. Why? because, 1) I am going to paint my kitchen gray and 2) I knew that what I was going to put on top of this needed the background to be more subtle.
 Here is the final project. Using a vinyl kit, I applied this on top.

Now, to get the kitchen/dining room transformed! Eight years of these red walls...let's just say, "It's time to go".  I can't wait...

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  1. Terry, I have the same color red in my kitchen and love it but feel like it's time to go as well. As for the chalk, I have used the same set and notice the colors do wipe off easier but the white does not. I used a bit of nail polish remover with a cotton ball and it came right off! I like the new look though and think it fits beautifully.
    Happy New Year!
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

  2. Terry, it looked fabulous as a chalkboard and with the new design also! For awhile, I had a lot of barn red and evergreen in my old home, and while I love it, I was ready to do something new too. I'm notorious for repainting walls about every 2 years though - I get bored easily! Good luck on your walls.

  3. I find this post interesting as I found out that the chalk paint was permanent on my chalkboard....I am going back to old fashion chalk AFTER I repaint my board!

  4. Love your ideas!! I recently found spray chalkboard paint . I used to it make tags for our laundry baskets. So many wonderful things to do with chalkboard paint.
    Robyn @ Home ~ Haven

  5. Terry, I never knew these pens were permanent. I love the transformation of the chalkboard..looks wonderful. xx, Sherry

  6. I love what you did with the frame, so pretty! Can't wait to see your kitchen all done :)
    Happy New year.

  7. I can't wait to see what you do with the gray in your kitchen. I've painted my kitchen gray and now am at a bit of a loss on where to go with the rest of the room.

  8. I love your new Bon Apetit Board! When life gives you lemons...Looking forward to the kitchen redo!

  9. I made the same mistake...same type of pens, chalkboard contact paper. The pens are fantastic and claim to wipe clean with warm water!!! I love what you did with your chalkboard afterward. I love, love, love your black and white checkered plates! Happy New Year!

  10. Great transformation!!! I've done the same thing with those darn markers!!!

  11. Thanks for the tip...LOVE the makeover of it though!
    Looking forward to seeing your kitchen transformed!
    Happy New Year!

  12. I found if you use rubbing alcohol that it will take off the Bistro markers on painted items. Works great


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