Over the last few years, we’ve slowly upgraded our kitchen with new black/stainless appliances. Unfortunately, the only appliance left standing was the lonely white refrigerator. It keeps things cold so why get rid of it just because it doesn’t match the other appliances? Instead of throwing it to the curb or selling it, I gave it a fun facelift using homemade black chalk paint and ChalkOla Chalk Markers.
*This post contains ChalkOla product links. I was given both sets of chalk markers for my review. My opinion is 100% mine.
The lonely white refrigerator needed a little preparation. First, I cleaned the outside of the refrigerator using a degreaser. Then, using my palm sander, I lightly sanded the outside surface.
After wiping down the refrigerator, I mixed up a batch of chalk paint using black paint and Plaster of Paris. Using a small roller, I applied the chalk paint evenly.
I skipped the area around the refrigerator door seals because I was worried about the door sealing properly after the paint dried. I’ve seen others use a spray-on chalk paint to that area but not the roll on paint. I wasn’t willing to take the chance and decided to play it safe.
After allowing the paint to dry overnight, I prepared the newly painted chalkboard surface by covering the surface with plain chalk then wiped it off. It’s best to place the chalk on its side and glide the chalk over the surface to cover the entire area you wish to use. You must prepare the chalk paint for the chalk. Do not skip this step. If you write on the chalkboard paint without preparing the surface first, it will be difficult to remove chalk or chalk marker. You will also be left with a ghost image of your artwork.
You will also need to prepare the chalkboard surface after using a cleaner or water on the chalkboard. Always prepare surface after each cleaning.
Why should you purchase the ChalkOla Markers?
ChalkOla Premium Wet Wipe Markers are best used on NonPorous surfaces like chalkboard, whiteboards, mirrors, plastic, glass and ceramics. The set contains 10 party colors with a 5.5mm bullet tip that makes them easy to write or draw an image.
They’re quick drying, child-safe, non-toxic and washes out of clothes. They ‘re perfect to keep your kids or not so little kids busy for hours.
Unlike chalk, they’re not messy. You won’t be left with a crazy chalky mess on the floor. Ask, me how I feel about sweeping the floor and mopping the floor after using chalk. It wasn’t the highlight of my day I assure you.
Check out the tip on the Platinum Series, it’s huge!
ChalkOla also carries the Platinum Series of 8 different colors with a 15mm tip. The Platinum Series is great for drawing super thick lines for calendars or dividers.
After deciding on a Thanksgiving saying and image for my new chalkboard refrigerator, I used the ChalkOla Premium Markers to write the saying and draw the pumpkins.
I love how the colors pop against the black chalkboard paint. They’re even bright in dimmer lighting.
Vibrant color, that stays true! They don’t mud or mix together when applying one color on top of another color.
Below the pumpkins I added a family calendar for my girls to add after school activities and appointments. The thick lines were drawn using the white Platinum Series Markers. The lines are solid and bold.
Unlike the lines, the numbers were written using regular chalk. They are bumpy and not as bright. See the difference?
Why use regular chalk for the numbers? When November is over I can easily wipe away the numbers without disturbing the calendar. Then, I can easily add December’s numbers in the appropriate squares and my calendar is ready to go for the new month.
Using chalk for the numbers saves time for the fun part, decorating the top half for Christmas. Did I just say Christmas? (Ugh, let’s not rush.)
Why I love ChalkOla Wet Wipe Markers?
- no mess
- easy to use
- bright, vibrant colors that don’t turn to mud
- easy to remove or not to move
If you would like to purchase your own set of ChalkOla Wet Wipe Markers click on one of the links below to purchase your set from Amazon.
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