How to Make a Chalkboard Wall

Drawing on the walls is something that no matter how forbidden is something buried deep inside every human. Everyone wants to leave their mark on the world around them. Well with a chalkboard wall you can have all that without the consequences. Perfect for writing down a million ideas, creating a to-do list, or even just doodling like you used to. Here’s is what you need to get started:

  • 1 roller and foam cover
  • 1 paint tray
  • Paint tray liners
  • Drop cloths
  • A spackle knife
  • Spackle
  • Sandpaper (grit between 180-220)
  • Stir sticks
  • 1 can chalkboard paint
  • Primer (Optional)
  • Painter’s tape

Prepare the Surface

Chalkboard paint is thinner than traditional house paint, so it doesn’t smooth out divots and holes as well. Thus, the surface has to be smooth before you paint with chalkboard paint. This will make the chalkboard look and work better than on a rough wall.

Be sure to lay down your drop cloths to avoid any messes in the surrounding area. Using sandpaper, smooth out any rough patches or bumps. If there are any small holes you can fill them with spackle and then sand it down once dried. Be sure to wipe down the wall after to remove any dust or debris. If your wall is rougher putting on a coat of primer can help smooth it out. Just paint it on the same space and let it dry and you’re all set.


Tape off the Area

In order to achieve crisp, clean lines on the edge of your chalkboard you’ll want to use painter tape. If you are painting an entire wall you can tape off the baseboards, molding, fixtures, and corners to protect the other walls. If you are painting a section of a wall you can create a square or rectangle frame with the tape. Using a level can help to ensure your lines are perfectly straight.


Apply the Paint

Using the stir stick, thoroughly mix the paint in the bucket. Then, pour the paint into the tray. You may want to paint any trim or tight areas with a brush beforehand. Take the roller and apply the paint to the larger areas, let that dry and apply a second coat. Two coats minimum is typical for chalkboard paint, if you still feel like it is too light add a third coat. You then have to allow it to cure for 72 hours before you can use it.


Condition the Chalkboard Surface

Once the 72 hours are up, you have to condition the board so it works properly. Take a piece of chalk and rub the side over the entire chalkboard area. Then, with a dry cloth rub the chalk into the surface of the paint. This will create a layer of chalk that settles into the grains of the board, allowing you to erase what you write. Your fresh new chalkboard is now ready to use!


How to Get Rid of a Chalkboard Wall

If you no longer want a chalkboard wall you can simply paint over it. Just wipe the board down to remove any chalk dust, sand, prime, and paint right over it. Like it never happened.