How to Chalkboard Paint a Wall

So you want to transform a boring wall into something interesting and exciting that you and your family can draw on? Here is the basic procedure as to how to chalkboard paint a wall. This can also be applied to other pieces of furniture or objects in and around the house.

The Procedure

Basic decisions

Before learning how to chalkboard paint a wall, you need to decide the purpose of the chalkboard, then what wall you want to paint and finally, how much of the wall you want to paint. Is it going to be the entire wall in your children's bedroom or only a small section in your office for you to write notes on? It is important to decide this before going out and purchasing the paint as once you start painting you should complete the entire section. If you do have to stop, purchase more paint, and then continue, the wall will most likely be two-toned.The paint often comes in the traditional black or green, but you can also choose to make your own color as well.

How to paint the wall

Step 1: Once you have made your decision about the purpose and location of the chalkboard, you need to prepare the surface. Check and see if there are any cracks, holes, or nails and if there are, fill them with drywall filler or wood putty, allow them to dry, and then sand.

Step 2: Mark of the area you are painting with painters tape. Then apply a flat-finish latex paint plus un-sanded tile grout mix. For every cup of paint use 2 TB of the grout mix. This tinted primer is great as a base coat as it will help reduce the number of chalkboard coats.

Step 3: Once the primer is dry, carefully stir the chalkboard paint with a paintbrush and liberally apply the paint on the area starting from the middle and working out. For the large area, use a roller and roll at different angles to avoid making roller marks. Smaller areas should be applied with a sponge. Make sure to go over the same spot repeatedly making sure the paint is evenly and thoroughly spread.

Step 4: Allow it to dry for 3 days before going over it with 150-grit sandpaper and wiping off any dust.

Step 5: Condition the board by rubbing a sidepiece of chalk over the entire surface, waiting a few seconds, and wiping away with a lightly damp sponge. This leaves a coat of chalk dust providing betters erasibility


Learning how to chalkboard paint a wall is a great DIY project if you have children that love to draw on random pieces of furniture or if you have lists spread throughout the house and need a central place to write them.

Experiment on a small area first if you are hesitant and expand from there if you decide you like the look and functionality of it. Here are other exciting DIY projects to do around the house.

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