Case Study:
Dry Erase Paint Breathes New Life
Into Classrooms At Chicago School

Versatile dry-erase paint repurposes outdated
blackboards, and helps keep them out of landfill.

Dry Erase Paint

One of Chicago's oldest public schools now looks much newer inside. Nettelhorst is a neighborhood elementary school, housed in a building that dates back more than 100 years. Constant refurbishment is a way of life for the school's administrators.

“Getting white boards into our classrooms was one of our priorities for this year,” explained Nettelhorst Principal Cindy Wulbert. School officials hoped to replace their outdated chalkboards, some of which were in such bad shape that you could no longer even write on them. But administrators knew that whiteboards weren't feasible because they would be too costly.

Then Nettelhorst teacher Jason Merel suggested they experiment with IdeaPaint, a specialty coating distributed by Chicago-based MDC. And… it worked. It took about three days to revitalize all the old chalkboards. “We prepped them, we painted them and we were done,” said Melody Murphy, Assistant Principal at Nettelhorst. Now that their old chalkboards function as whiteboards, children have a bright clean surface to learn from.
“MDC was amazing,” said Murphy ”From the initial consultation to the application of the product to the final results, they were with us all the way.”

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Wulbert added that, “IdeaPaint has made our classrooms a place where students want to get up in front of the class, show their work, create their ideas, imagine the impossible. I'm already thinking of how we can use IdeaPaint in other areas of our school.”
IdeaPaint is GREENGUARD Children & Schools certified..

While Nettelhorst is an example of how IdeaPaint can be used to update schools, the coating is also being used to transform surfaces in businesses and organizations of all kinds. It can turn any smooth surface into a useful, interactive workspace – including chalkboards, desks, doors, walls, reception areas, conference tables, cafeterias, old whiteboards and more.

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