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How to make a chalkboard wall

How to paint a giant chalkboard wall

One of my boys’ requests when we redecorated their room was a chalkboard. We thought it would be super fun to do a giant one. Our walls are not overly textured (luckily!) but there are definitely a few steps you need to take if you are going to paint your walls into a chalkboard.

Prep Wall

Materials:

Sandpaper

Spackling Paste (if you need to fill nail holes or minor imperfections)

Painter’s Tape (not pictured)

Chalkboard Paint

Paint stir stick

Paint can opener or flat head screwdriver

Smooth paint roller

Mallet (optional – I use this to close my paint cans after use)

Paint Wall

Instructions:

  1. Use spackling pasteΒ to fill any nail holes or imperfections in your wall.
  2. Sand the entire wall smooth. If you have textured walls, you’re going to want to make it as smooth as possible so you can actually write on it when you’re done without it being bumpy. No one wants that.
  3. Tape the edges of your wall, including trim or anywhere you don’t want paint, obviously.
  4. Using your paint roller, apply a thin coat of the chalkboard paint and let dry throughly. Β It dries pretty quickly but make sure it is totally dry before you go adding the 2nd coat. Next, apply a second coat of chalkboard paint and make sure the wall is completely black.
  5. Prime the wall. Not with primer. When the wall is 100% dry (check your paint can for details – some brands of paint recommend days or weeks before applying chalk), you will want to prime the wall with chalk. Using the side of a piece of regular white chalk, cover your entire chalkboard with chalk.
  6. Erase the entire wall and you’re done! Now you and your little ones can doodle to your hearts content.

DIY Chalkboard Wall

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Lynda T
    August 29, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Love the chalkboard wall. Checking where you got your paint and what brand you used?

    • Reply
      Mallory & Savannah
      August 29, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Rustoleum actually sent the paint to me but it is Rustoleum brand and available at most (if not all) home improvement stores. I know Home Depot has it. πŸ™‚

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    Cathleen
    September 5, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    One thing I learned when we did our giant chalkboard wall is to plan on having about a foot in front of it clear of everything. The chalkboard dust falls and falls… It’s fine, but you do have to dedicate the full wall.

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