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.


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15 thoughts on “How To Season Chalkboards

  1. 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!! 🙂

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