How Not To Make a Chalkboard for a Toddler

This is a short home improvement fail post.

We found a beautiful old door in the garage when we cleaned out the rafters.  The green color looked great with our family room yellow.  We decided we would use some chalkboard paint to create a chalkboard for Kasen:

We were planning on painting the whole door, except the outer 3 inches or so, with chalkboard paint.  We really liked the antique-looking hinges, etc.

We realized that some of the old paint was peeling up around the edges, so on a whim, we decided to use one of our lead paint testers to make sure that the paint was lead-free like the rest of our house.  Aaaaaaaand we discovered this:

According to the lead testing kit’s box, “Red means lead.”  So, um, yeah, that door would have been Kasen’s gateway to lead paint poisoning.  Yikes.  Project scrapped!

We haven’t returned the chalkboard paint though, so we are going to try and find a new chalkboard paint project to replace this one.  We welcome suggestions!

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One thought on “How Not To Make a Chalkboard for a Toddler

  1. Pingback: This is a lead-free zone. « Kristin & Krister's Blog

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