1.24.2010

How To: DIY Chalkboard Wall

With chalkboard paints becoming increasingly more available, it couldn't be easier to transform a small space, or large for that matter, into the inspiration board of your dreams. Tim and I have the perfect cranny of a wall space leading into the kitchen which we revamped into a full size chalkboard. It's been a life-saving hub for our grocery lists, reminders, dates to remember, random musings, and love notes.

This was a great weekend project that took about 3 hours total with a 24 hour drying period. Follow the steps below to bring new life and functionality to a space in your own dwelling.

Materials:
  • Chalkboard paint: local hardware or craft store
  • Paint brush
  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • Painter's tape
  • Newsprint or paint tarp
  • Chalk
  • Optional: damp rag, spackle, sandpaper
step 1: Clean wall with damp rag. Wipe or let dry completely. Fill in any holes or cracks with spackle and smooth rough spots along wall with sandpaper.

step 2: Apply painter's tape along edges of wall where you plan to paint in order to create border and protect neighboring walls.

step 3: Apply 2-3 generous coats chalkboard paint along edges of wall with paint brush. Allow each coat to completely dry before applying next coat (or follow drying instructions on paint canister).

step 4: Apply 2-3 generous coats chalkboard paint to body of wall with paint roller. Allow each coat to completely dry before applying next (or follow drying instructions on paint canister).

step 5: Wait 24 hours before writing on wall with chalk.

step 6: Enjoy your new-found organizational solution and design sense. Pin It

8 comments:

  1. oh what a dreamy project you did! thanks for shearing!

    i want it, but have a little daughter and afraid of the chalk dust! :)

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  2. Aw thanks! I completely understand about your daughter, but maybe when she gets older it could be a fun project for you to do together.

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  3. i am sure she loves it! she loves all the painting stuffs and drawing!:)

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  4. Nice Mary! The vintage-like quality of your photographs is lovely.

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  5. Thanks so much Roxana, picnik.com is my dirty little secret. Feel free to try it out for your photos, it's completely free!

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  6. what a great way to use your wall space. I had always thought about getting a dry erase board to write my to do list on. This is a much more creative and attractive then the dry erase board!

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  7. Thanks Burnt Mill. Yes, better than a board, and an instant face-lift for an unused space. I hope you all will share some pics if you try it in your space!

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