Young children don’t just have an insatiable need to draw on every blank surface they come in contact with.  More often than not, their own hands, arms and faces are canvasses too. So, this spring, paint the planters, outdoor coffee table and fence with chalk paint, and let the kids go wild!  Don’t worry, the draw-on-everything stage in a young child’s life only lasts a few summers, you are not doomed to a life of doodled and scribbled furniture. Just make sure to keep these things in mind:

Paint Chalks Are Not Created Equally

These days, you can buy just about anything your heart desires at a dollar store. But beware, the quality isn’t always great, and worse, their return policy is simple: no exchanges or refunds. On the other hand, there are big box hardware stores and paint chains that favour their customer’s whims and specific decor goals. We only recommend you buy paint chalk from a store that will allow you to exchange until you are fully satisfied with colour and effect. And if push comes to shove, they’ll fully refund your money.

Is this a Chalk Paint Revolution?

For those of us born in the 70s or earlier, a chalk board was either black or green. These days you can buy chalk paint in any colour your heart desires! Amazing right?! The downside is that the chalk paint technology is still in its infancy, and lighter colours often retain the chalk that was written on it. Even black chalk paint has its issues.  Some brands are better than others when it comes to retaining the chalk used on it.

The #1 Perk of Chalk Paint

If you’re not a painter by nature, you may know little-to-nothing about a much dreaded pre-painting procedure called priming. Priming is tedious, time-consuming and expensive, but it is necessary if you’re wanting to paint a dark coloured wall a lighter colour. If you’re painting with chalk paint you can entirely skip that step! Really! That’s why in recent years more and more people have opted for chalk paint even on walls where no doodling was expected.

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