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Need A Weekend Project? Create A Desktop Chalkboard Panel

Creating a perfectly functional workspace can take some time. It all starts with the desk, which provides the surface and space you need to be productive and/or creative. If you’re like me, you might keep a notepad nearby to jot ideas, reminders and the occasional doodle. Instead of paper, however, you can install a chalkboard panel straight into your desktop for an eye-catching and sustainable note-taking solution.
DesktopChalkboard Need A Weekend Project? Create A Desktop Chalkboard Panel
Plus, there’s something appealing about the juxtaposition of a classic element, like a chalkboard, with tech gadgets like laptops, iPhones and iPads. Intrigued? Make plans to tackle this weekend project ASAP.
Thanks to our friends at ApartmentTherapy for leading us to Turnstone, which includes a complete project guide. First up? Supplies!
*Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint
*Ruler
*Masking tape
*Pencil
*Paintbrush
Clear off your desk and decide the size of the space on which you want to paint. Mark the area with masking tape.


Crack open your paint and mix it well. Try to paint in long, continuous strokes that cover the length or width of the space — this helps ensure a smooth texture when you’re done. If you like, use a sponge brush instead of a paint brush.
Let one coat dry before you paint another. The thickness is up to you, but at least two coats is recommended.
Allow the paint to dry for at least 48 hours before removing the masking tape. Voila! A built-in chalkboard! Grab some chalk and let your inner schoolteacher out.
Will this project make your to-do list?
Photo via ApartmentTherapy

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  • Joe

    Good Tree Rat

  • Sowjanya jakkuva

    if pesticides we wont use, there will be no self sufficiency of food in developing countries like India. so it is better to shift for integrated pest management where, pesticides usage is need based and limited. and creating awareness in formers for using low toxicity pesticides and not using pesticides indiscriminately is necessary.

    • Ravi-lav

       Good suggestion but hard to implement in a country like India where creating awareness in farmers is not as simple as said. There are techniques to develop good crops without using pesticides which can be taught to farmers but that is not the case in actual where pest companies promoting their products by any means to reap profits.