Like many of us in the cyber world, I’m enjoying the heck out of Pinterest. I’ve read about it in a couple of magazines lately and it’s clearly become a very popular site. Here’s the thing, though, about Pinterest: it makes me want to make all the things. Most times, this is a good thing and I’ve had great success making homemade vanilla, pinwheels, paper garlands and more. Last Friday, though, I had failure of epic proportions. Let me explain.
I saw this chalkboard serving tray and immediately decided I wanted to make one. A few weeks ago I got myself a cheap frame at Michael’s and I bought some chalkboard paint in a bottle. After I bought that paint, though, I read that chalkboard paint is also available in a spray can and that’s what is recommended for creating a chalkboard from a piece of glass. I had to go back to Michael’s to get supplies for the Super Bowl cookies anyway and while I was there I found the right kind of paint in a can.
Last Friday afternoon I decided to try this project. It was a beautiful day and I figured it was a good opportunity to do this project outside. I started in the kitchen, though. I got out the frame and took it apart. I sanded the piece of glass with a piece of fine grade sandpaper. I read the directions on the paint can and then tried to remove the plastic cap. It wouldn’t come off. I saw a diagram on the top of the cap and the words underneath said, “insert screwdriver and rotate.” It did not specify whether to rotate the can or the screwdriver so I tried both. The cap still would not come off. I got a bigger screw driver and tried again. Can you see where this is going?
The bigger screw driver went right through the opening in that cap and it hit the spray nozzle and knocked it off.
And black chalkboard paint started spraying wildly around my kitchen.
I will pause for a moment while I let you contemplate those words.
I reacted as quickly as I could and threw the can in the sink but it’s hard to do anything but scream when chalkboard paint is being sprayed about your kitchen. And of course once it was in the sink it just started spinning crazily around and turning my white porcelain sink completely black.
By the time I got a zip lock bag out of the drawer the can was just about spent but I shoved it in there and surveyed the mess. My hands, including my diamond solitaire and wedding ring, were covered in black chalkboard paint. There was paint on the side of the refrigerator, the side of one cabinet, the Keurig, the K cups, the kitchen counter and of course there was the mess in the sink.
I started working frantically but damn that stuff dries quickly. I scrubbed and scrubbed. I threw my rings in the jar of jewelry cleaner. I got out bleach and scouring pads. I took a quick break and googled “how to remove chalkboard paint” but there wasn’t much of anything on accidentally spraying your kitchen with this crap so I went back to scrubbing. An hour later I looked up from my work and decided the sink was passable. The porcelain gave up the paint relatively easily except for where there are tiny scratches in the surface. This sink is 15 years old so I’m sure you can imagine that there are lots and lots of those scratches. I couldn’t see them before but now that they are filled with black paint they are more, errrr, noticeable.
It’s almost a week later and the sink is looking slightly better each day. Dale spent some quality time working on it with turpentine and a rag and that helped a lot. The side of the cabinet and fridge still have little black drops of paint on them that just won’t budge. The counter is mostly better but I removed the finish in a couple of spots with my desperate scrubbing. My rings are fine and it’s worn off my hands but it’s still under my nails in some spots. Oy.
I guess I’ll just keep putting my cheese on a regular serving tray. Honestly, some of those ideas on Pinterest are probably best left alone.